SH Acoustics has been involved in multiple aspects of this new corporate tower for Comcast, which is now the tallest in Philadelphia. The ground-floor public space includes several art installations, a cafe linked to the Four Seasons Hotel in the top half of the tower, and an experience center known as the Universal Sphere, a 360-degree dome theater presenting free, immersive, programming to the public. The theater debuted with a short program called “The Power of I,” a creation of Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks, Universal Parks and Resorts, and Comcast Labs. SHA assisted in the overall acoustic experience of the lobby, addressing sound containment of the program, creation of a unique immersive audio system for the cafe, and control of HVAC noise to ensure the light, airy, inspiring space, remained unblemished by unwanted noise.
While at a previous employer, Associate Principal Frank Reder lead the acoustic design team for many other aspects of this multifaceted project. Frank was responsible for the acoustic design and interaction between the myriad of disparate program elements—including a Town Hall, co-working incubator space, two-story food hall, three floors of NBC & Telemundo broadcast studios/edit suites, a fitness center, immersive audio and video spaces, and some 30 floors of open-plan office space.
Architects | Foster + Partners, Kendall Heaton Architects, Gensler
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