Todd Beamer High School

Our Client

Bassetti Architects

The Project

  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Mechanical Noise Control
  • Audiovisual Systems Design

he school comprises three academies with separate academic concentrations and faculties, built  around a courtyard. Total construction cost was$25 million and the school has an approximate enrollment of 1,300 students. Originally designated as the new Federal Way High School, it is named for one of the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 who tried to overpower the hijackers; the flight crashed, killing all onboard, but did not reach the destination intended by the hijackers.

Our Role

BRC provided design for noise and vibration isolation of mechanical equipment throughout the facility, and developed acoustical treatments for classroom areas, commons, and gymnasium for noise and reverberation control. BRC services also included design and performance specifications for sound reinforcement systems, and recommendations for room shaping, acoustical materials, and mechanical system noise control in the commons/performance space. A variable system of heavy curtains alternating with sound-reflective finishes was developed to provide variable acoustics in the Commons to accommodate the different acoustical requirements for high-activity lunch periods and musical performances.

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