Sound panels enhance acoustic performance at Fenway Park

An expansion has just been added to the iconic Fenway Park, featuring sound-absorbing panels that minimize equipment noise. Photos courtesy Acoustiblok

Fenway Park has undergone a number of innovative expansions over the years, and one such project was completed this May. Unused deck space was removed in order to support the construction of a rentable outdoor group function area. Half of this remodeled deck area is dedicated to a chiller and other mechanical equipment—all of which makes noise that can be distracting and irritating to visitors. To resolve this issue, sound panels were installed to serve as an absorption barrier.

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New Orleans hotel restores historic Art Deco exterior

A view of the renovated Ace Hotel New Orleans, complete with restored windows including polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coating and reinforced jambs. Photo © Timothy Hursley Photography. Photo courtesy Linetec and Winco Windows

Ace Hotel New Orleans, which opened in March, has transformed the 1928 Art Deco, nine-story Barnett’s Furniture building into a 234-room boutique hotel with dining, retail, event, and meeting spaces plus a rooftop pool. The hotel, located in the middle of New Orleans’ Warehouse District at the corner of Carondelet and Lafayette Streets, is part of the city’s South Market District development, combining two historic buildings with a new, four-story structure.

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Smithsonian African American museum highlights heritage, art, design

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture Architectural Photrography

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opened last week, taking its place on the last available spot on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Located on Constitution Avenue, adjacent to the National Museum of American History and the Washington Monument, the building encompasses 36,882 m2 (397,000 sf) of space across 10 levels, housing exhibit galleries, administrative areas, theatre space, and storage facilities for 33,000 pieces of artwork and historical objects

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