CSDA Design Group Acoustics Principal Presenting at the 2017 Southern California Wood Solutions Fair in Pasadena, CA

We are pleased to announce that Randy Waldeck, CSDA’s Principal of Acoustics, will be presenting a morning and afternoon session in Room 1 on “Why Acoustics Matter: Demystifying Noise Control in Buildings” for the October 4th, 2017 Southern California Wood Solutions Fair at the Pasadena Convention Center. Below are the scheduled time slots and program information for next week’s event or you can visit their website here for more information. Please note that attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.

When: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
Time Slots: 9:45am and 2:50pm
Where: Room 1 at the Pasadena Convention Center – 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101
Parking Info: Here
Event Brochure: Here

CSDA Design Group Announces Metro Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Certification

CSDA Design Group (CSDA) has received Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Certification from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). With this new certification, CSDA will be eligible and qualified to provide acoustical consulting services to assist design and construction teams in fulfilling Metro’s typical contract requirement of 30% SBE/DBE participation.

“Due to CSDA’s increasing role and future opportunities with public infrastructure projects, SBE certification became increasingly important,” said Randy Waldeck, PE, and Principal of Acoustics at CSDA Design Group. “With CSDA’s newly acquired SBE status with Metro, our firm will be a stronger partner for larger firms pursuing upcoming infrastructure work in the City and County of Los Angeles.”

CSDA is currently providing construction noise and vibration consulting services for the Metro Purple Line Extension Project along Wilshire Boulevard, the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line and is looking to expand our portfolio with the Agency. Please read more about our role on the above-mentioned projects here and here.

CSDA to Provide Acoustical Consulting for People’s Community Market Coming to West Oakland

CSDA is excited to work with Mr. Ahmadi and Lowney Architecture as part of this amazing community project that gives this area of Oakland access to fresh produce and culturally appropriate food options at an affordable price. Our “part” is small, but the overall impact will be large.  “Working on a project that benefits and helps to transform a community is especially important to me and the firm,” said Randy Waldeck, CSDA’s Principal of Acoustics.

“It’s been a long journey for People’s Community Market and its founder Brahm Ahmadi. Over the span of almost a decade, the community organizer has been working toward opening a fresh food market in West Oakland, in a neighborhood almost completely bereft of healthy food options for its residents. Now, with the recent purchase of its future space, the market is closer to becoming fully realized.”  – Ellen Fort, Eater San Francisco

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CSDA Design Group Presenting Two Acoustics Papers at the 172nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Hawaii

We are pleased to announce that CSDA Design Group is presenting two papers this week at the 5th joint meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the Acoustical Society of Japan, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu; they are:

“Airport Cooperative Research Project 02-51: Evaluating Methods for Determining Interior Aircraft Noise Levels” on Thursday December 1 at 11:00 am by CSDA’s Principal of Acoustics, Randy Waldeck, with co-authors Paul Schomer and John C. Freytag.

The talk will present results of a 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.

“Acoustical Considerations in Shipping Container Architecture,” on Thursday December 1 at 5:10 pm, by Anat Grant and Randy Waldeck of CSDA.

Case studies and measurement data presented will include an elementary school with large divisible classrooms, a community education center, an after-school youth education and classical music program in an economically struggling Los Angeles community, and a multifamily apartment building in Berkeley, CA.

For more information, check out the conference web site:
Conference presentation materials will also be posted to the Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics site:

Vaughn F.A.C.E.T.: Re-purposed Shipping Containers to Become Classroom Buildings

CSDA is partnering with GrowthPoint Structures to re-purpose shipping containers into DSA approved classroom buildings. Time-lapse video below of our first #growthpointstructures container project, Vaughn F.A.C.E.T., shows containers being hoisted into place!

Read more about the Vaughn F.A.C.E.T. project here.