VAUGHN F.A.C.E.T. (Family and Community Education Tech Center)

CSDA partnered with GrowthPoint Structures for our first project to re-purpose shipping containers into DSA approved classroom buildings. The project provided four (4) 1,600 SF modular classroom buildings and one restroom facility building for the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center’s F.A.C.E.T. (Family and Community Education Tech Center) program in Pacoima, California.

These re-purposed shipping container buildings provide much needed flexible meeting spaces for adult education classes. The site is located across the street from the Vaughn Global Green Generation Academy (G3) on Herrick Avenue that CSDA designed as well. The central location provides direct access for the community and act as a central meeting space for the many after school activities that take place in the neighborhood. In addition to the new buildings, CSDA’s design incorporates a small parking area and green space.

The F.A.C.E.T. project is designed around flexibility to house multiple functions throughout the day that can be transformed easily through furnishings, accessible technology, and an open plan. The most significant design element of the project overall is the re-use of shipping containers as modular classroom buildings. CSDA and GrowthPoint worked in collaboration to deliver highly energy efficient buildings and as a result, exceeding Title 24 requirements in many areas. This allowed for complete re-use of a material/product which as a result eliminates significant construction waste and reduces the need for new raw materials.


CSDA conducted an environmental noise study for the planned construction of a new, three story commercial building in downtown San Mateo. We measured and compared existing environmental noise levels to acoustical criteria in the State Building Code and the City of San Mateo’s General Plan. CSDA’s report included noise reduction measures, such as sound-rated windows and doors, for the mixed-use retail and office space.

Acousticians reviewed the mechanical drawings and provided multiple options to reconfigure or modify the mechanical equipment to meet the noise criteria in the City of San Mateo’s Municipal Code. In addition, CSDA provided HVAC noise/vibration reduction recommendations for the office spaces.



CSDA provided acoustical consulting services for the Madison Park Business and Art Academy (MPA) expansion. The project will replace portable classrooms with a new high school complex. CSDA conducted an environmental noise study and reviewed Design Development drawings for the new buildings. To meet the project’s Collaboration for High Performance Schools (CHPS) certification goal, our acousticians based their noise calculations and recommendations on the CHPS noise criteria, which is more robust than State of California’s CALGreen.

Our acoustical recommendations were geared towards improving speech intelligibility in the classrooms and reducing distraction from noise in adjacent spaces. Input on wall, floor-ceiling and doors was provided, along with room acoustics recommendations.


Kiddie Academy Childcare relied on CSDA to prepare an environmental noise study for their new location in San Jose, CA. Acousticians measured and calculated the existing environmental noise exposure at the site and evaluated interior noise levels inside the daycare center. As part of the study, CSDA calculated the expected noise generated by the children on the playground to neighboring residences to determine if a noise variance from the City was necessary to meet the San Jose Zoning Ordinance. We recommended mitigation measures, such as sound-rated windows and doors, to reduce noise generated by traffic on Almaden Expressway, and to meet CalGreen and City requirements.


Eaton Hall Architecture retained CSDA to provide acoustical services for design of the SPiN San Francisco table-tennis hall. Located on the ground floor of a low-rise commercial building in San Francisco’s South of Market Area (SOMA) with offices directly above, the table tennis-themed social club, restaurant and bar must meet the City’s noise criteria. The City of San Francisco’s Noise Ordinance limits the noise generated by the project to the adjacent offices and public right-of-way. Based on the construction documents, CSDA calculated projected noise and vibration levels from the HVAC equipment as well as potential noise transfer from the restaurant to the upstairs offices. Drawing on our extensive experience with room acoustics, CSDA provided reverberant noise buildup solutions that will help reduce noise transfer to the offices and support sound system clarity within the entertainment space.