Acoustics has an ever-increasing influence on modern commercial construction. There are guidelines stating how loud classrooms should be, how much noise workers can be exposed to, and even the level of privacy needed in sensitive spaces.
In spring 2016, an interdisciplinary academic building opened at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston. Previously called General Academic Building 1, University Hall was designed to earn Silver under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
In June, a 5000-seat concert venue joined the attractions of Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, as part of Riegelmann Boardwalk’s new Seaside Park and Community Arts Center. The Ford Amphitheater, a $53-million project, relied in part on its eyecatching roofing to achieve project goals.