CSDA Wraps Up Interior Noise Measurement Research; ACRP Publishes Results

acrp_rpt_152_coverNew research by CSDA will improve consistency of interior noise level measurements for airport sound insulation programs nationwide. Funded and published by TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program, this two year study supplements the Guidelines for Airport Sound Insulation Programs published in 2010.

Airports undertake sound insulation programs to sound insulate homes, schools, churches, and community centers located in existing or forecast noise contours. Sound Insulation Program (SIPs) are supported by FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds. Homes must be located within a qualified noise impacted area and exceed 45 dB inside of the building to qualify for federally funded sound insulation work. Acoustical measurements to confirm a building’s eligibility can be affected by the measurement method, location of the sound source and measurement equipment along with many other factors.

CSDA Design Group led research to understand the differences between measurement methods and identify and minimize inaccuracies in determining interior noise levels. The TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) published our team’s findings in March 2016. The report includes a decision matrix for selecting an appropriate acoustical testing method and best practices for each measurement technique. Get your copy today!


CSDA Awarded CSUSM Clarke Field House Renovation Project

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California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) selected CSDA Design Group for a planned interior reconfiguration project at the M. Gordon Clarke Field House. The first building on the CSUSM campus, Clarke Field House is the center of the campus recreation program and provides operational space for University Student Union Advisory Board, Athletics and Associated Students, Inc. The planned project will reconfigure existing rooms to create new office spaces. CSDA’s San Diego office is honored to support local higher education projects that improve student experience both inside and outside the classroom.

UPDATE: Anat Grant and Mike Schoen to Moderate a Roundtable Discussion at 2016 C.A.S.H. Conference

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We are pleased to announce that CSDA’s Director of Acoustics, Anat Grant, and Principal, Mike Schoen, will be moderating a roundtable discussion at next week’s 37th Annual C.A.S.H. Conference on School Facilities in Sacramento, CA. Anat and Mike will host an exciting interactive discussion on Sound Solutions: Acoustics 101 for Educational Facilities on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. This workshop will provide a basic understanding of acoustical engineering and design considerations specific to educational facilities. The focus of this engaging session will include an overview of acoustical design features that can help enhance student/teacher satisfaction, learning and productivity. We will also cover methods to improve speech intelligibility and verbal communication inside of a school. Additionally, we will seek to help architects in being proactive in addressing any potential acoustical issues that may arise during the early design phase of school projects.

Visit the C.A.S.H. website for more information.

UPDATE 2/25/16: If you weren’t able to catch it this year, our interactive handout from our Roundtable Discussion is available here: Sound Solutions_Acoustics 101 for Ed Facilities or here: Sound Solutions: Acoustics 101 for Ed Facilities


DeVoto and Schoen to speak at 50th Annual AAIE Conference


We are pleased to announce that CSDA’s Principals,Randy DeVoto and Mike Schoen, will be speaking at The 50th Annual AAIE International Leadership Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. The annual conference brings together a global village of international school leaders, accrediting agencies, university leaders and international service and product providers. The theme for this year’s conference is Interconnected & Inclusive. Randy and Mike will present an interactive workshop on Planning for an Interconnected School on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

Visit AAIE’s website for more information.



Lagunitas School District retained CSDA to complete a district-wide campus modernization of two elementary schools and one middle school. Phase 1 focused on modernizing classrooms to provide 21st Century learning environments. Technology infrastructure was upgraded to provide capacity for Common Core testing; windows and doors were replaced, interior finishes were upgraded and new casework was installed. Phase 1 is now complete and Phase 2, which will focus on outdoor classrooms and the exterior environment, is just beginning.

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