UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND BUSINESS SCHOOL COMPLEX, Auckland, New Zealand

UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND BUSINESS SCHOOL COMPLEX, Auckland, New Zealand
UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND BUSINESS SCHOOL COMPLEX, Auckland, New Zealand
UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND BUSINESS SCHOOL COMPLEX, Auckland, New Zealand
UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND BUSINESS SCHOOL COMPLEX, Auckland, New Zealand
UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND BUSINESS SCHOOL COMPLEX, Auckland, New Zealand
- two 600 seat lecture theatres
- social hubs
- academic offices
- room acoustics design
- sound insulation
- environmental noise control
- services noise control (HVAC, hydraulics, lifts, electrical, car park)
"...[The building] is distinctive, innovative and imaginative in its design; with outstanding functionality, fitness for purpose, and use of technology..."
Professor Barry Spicer, Dean, Business School

Images courtesy fjmt

Marshall Day Acoustics was the acoustical consultant engaged by the University of Auckland for the iconic Owen G Glenn University of Auckland new Business School building.

This highly successful educational building project was acoustically challenging due to the program deadlines, size, complexity and budget.  Our early engagement on the project, assisted in minimising client risk whilst providing the design team and builder with cost effective options for construction materials and treatments.

Some of the design challenges and proactive cost effective solutions included:

  • Design and control of adjacent motorway noise via the massive frameless glass walls - state of the art facade noise map modelling was used to determine effective glazing treatment options;
  • Environmental noise emissions from major exhaust fans on 5 levels of underground car parks impacting on an adjacent heritage building;
  • Sound insulation and internal acoustic treatment for two 600-seat, two 300-seat and one 150-seat lecture theatres and four 75-seat 'case' rooms whose shape were based around an acoustically undesirable 'clam shell'. The resulting and acclaimed acoustics in the lecture theatres and other spacesare such that a competent speaker does not require a speech amplification system;
  • Several of the lecture theatres required innovative acoustic design treatmentsto resolve sound and impact noise source transmission - e.g. raked lecture theatre seating over carparks, podium people activity over lecture theatres; and
  • The 'acoustics' of the focal atrium, 'social-hub' bridges and significant Level 0 open thoroughfare, meeting and social space.

Architects: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp in association with Archimedia

Photographs: John Gollings & Andrew Chung