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.

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