Kirkegaard worked closely with Kodet Architectural Group on the Pleasant Hill Library located in Hastings, MN. The County came to the conclusion that the 1994 building needed more meeting space, a redesigned children's area, and overall update to meet the needs of a 21st century library. The project included remodeling of the 16,500 square foot existing building and an expansion with an additional 1,500 square feet of new building. Kirkegaard team met with the architect and client to understand the acoustic concerns of the project and provided solutions that were implemented in the final design.
Kirkegaard main acoustic goals were relocation of the children’s area which was located near the entrance and main meeting room and problematic due to the bleed of children’s noise to other library spaces. Kirkegaard worked with the design team to locate the area in the back corner furthest away from most library areas, while still leaving an open feel for the overall library by not enclosing it. In addition, the location new meeting room walls and orientation of bookshelves were studied as part of the acoustic design to block sound while absorptive wall and ceiling treatment incorporated to absorb as much of the sound in the area as possible.
Kirkegaard review sound isolation of the main conference room, new maker space and meeting rooms as well as recommendations to address existing noise control background noise issues.