Kirkegaard was hired by Wight and Company to serve on the design team for the new multi-million-dollar renovation of CHSD 99 Downers Grove North High School. The existing high school will be renovated and expanded over the course of 3 years with three respective phases of work ending in the fall of 2020. Kirkegaard’s scope of work included a new open Commons with small group focus rooms, a suite of production studios and classroom for the school’s Radio/AV curriculum and local on-air broadcast station, and classrooms located above the radio spaces and both adjacent a building services area. In addition to this work Kirkegaard also performed environmental site noise surveys before, during and following completion of work to evaluate potential impacts of new mechanical equipment and relocation of a truck loading dock installed as part of the renovation. Downers North has a notable reputation for their Radio program and are one of the few high schools in the state to offer on-air RF broadcasting as part of their curriculum. This area of program in particular required careful attention to design to facilitate simultaneous use of the production studios and support uses for filming video, including a green screen production area in the larger radio classroom space. Acoustic design related to appropriate sound isolation strategies for the sensitive user spaces from various adjacency, treatment of mechanical systems for vibration/noise control, shaping and finishes studies to support a critical listening and media production environment at the Radio spaces, and a speech-friendly environment for classrooms and group study rooms.
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
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