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Randy Waldeck to Speak at NoiseCon 2016

We are pleased to announce that CSDA’s Principal of Acoustics, Randy Waldeck, will be speaking at the Institute of Noise Control Engineering’s New England Noise Con-16 on June 13-15 in Providence, RI. The theme for this year’s conference is Revolution in Noise Control. Randy will be speaking on Tuesday, June 14 at 1:00 pm on “Evaluating Methods for Determining Interior Aircraft Noise Levels.”

Randy Waldeck, Paul Schomer and John C. Freytag will present the results of their two-year study to improve consistency of interior noise level measurements for airport sound insulation programs nationwide. Funded and published by TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program, this study supplements the Guidelines for Airport Sound Insulation Programs published in 2010.

The team conducted research to understand the differences between measurement methods and ways to identify and minimize inaccuracies in determining interior noise levels. The TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) published the findings in March 2016.

No time to read the report? Do you have questions? This is your opportunity to connect with the researchers in person.

Visit INCE’s website for more information.

CSDA Design Group Announces Small Business Certification

SBECertifiedLogo180CSDA Design Group (CSDA) has announced that the firm received State of California Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification from the Department of General Services (DGS), Office of Small Business and DVBE Services (OSDS). With the new certification, CSDA will be eligible for the Small Business Participation Program, qualifying it for the 25% of California state contracting dollars that are set aside for certified small businesses each year.

“Due to CSDA’s increasing role and future opportunities with public infrastructure projects, SBE certification became increasingly important,” said Randy Waldeck, PE, Principal of Acoustics at CSDA Design Group. “With CSDA’s SBE status, our firm will be a stronger partner for large environmental firms pursuing upcoming infrastructure work and provide CSDA with additional opportunities in our educational facility design practice.”

The California Small Business Certification process enables smaller businesses to compete for government contracts that have traditionally been challenging to access. The process enables smaller businesses to gain a pricing preference for state contracts and allows state agencies to undertake a significantly streamlined bidding process, delivering benefits both to the state and to the vendor while still providing effective safeguards to the contracting process.

 

 

Cynthia Ketelsen Joins CSDA Design Group to Lead San Francisco Architecture Studio

CKetelsen1_042016_retouchedCSDA Design Group announced today that Cynthia Ketelsen has joined the San Francisco office to lead their architecture practice in Northern California. Cynthia has designed and managed new construction and modernization projects for K-12 schools, libraries, theaters, gymnasiums, student housing and recreation and aquatic facilities in the Bay Area for more than 25 years.

As an Associate Principal, Cynthia will lead CSDA’s San Francisco architecture practice, which has a 63 year history providing architecture services to school districts in the nine bay area counties.   “I am excited to start a new challenge within CSDA,” Ketelsen says. “ I look forward to working with the CSDA team to further develop relationships with private and public education clients to design schools that inspire learning.“

Previously, Cynthia was a Senior Project Manager at Deems Lewis McKinley, an Associate at Quattrocchi Kwok Architects and owned her own practice for seven years. Recent projects include the current modernizations of the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and Burton High School in San Francisco. Previous projects include McAllister Hall at the Cal Maritime Academy in Vallejo, Heritage High School in Brentwood and Windsor High School in Windsor.

“Cynthia’s industry expertise, business acumen and experience in leading successful teams has already made her a vital addition to CSDA,” stated Principal, Randall DeVoto. “I see Cynthia’s engagement in our San Francisco office as proof of CSDA’s commitment to provide excellent service and create long term relationships. We were fortunate to find someone of Cynthia’s caliber to fulfill this leadership position. I am confident that she will play a key role in continuing CSDA’s philosophy of listening and collaborating to create high performance schools for our communities.”

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

Clarke Field House

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.