The goal of the new Emory University Student Campus Life Center in Atlanta, GA completed in April 2019 is to be welcoming to all students, providing inspiring dining, fostering collaboration, embracing large events and meetings, and providing a “uniquely Emory” image and character. The spaces were designed with the idea of bringing the students together and inviting collaboration and ‘out of the box thinking’. Community engagement was also a big desire for the building experience.

Dividable multipurpose spaces were a key part of the project to serve large events that could support an entire undergraduate class and serve as graduation if weather becomes an issue but also be flexible in size to support University as well as community events. The space can be divided into six meeting rooms while also a large ballroom that holds up to 1,400 guests and the ability to open up acoustically vertical doors to accommodate another 200.

The previous dining hall that was demolished for this new building was extremely reverberant and was excessively loud and considered problematic. The new dinning room was designed acoustically to address any build up of sound while also being mindful of where noisy kitchen equipment was located.

Kirkegaard completed room acoustics, sound isolation and noise control design for the project.

Project Details
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Sound Isolation
Duda Paine Architects, Architect, Durham, NC