Acoustifence Reduces Construction Noise at Two Large-Scale Santa Monica, Calif. Construction Projects

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) February 03, 2014

Acoustifence is gaining recognition as an effective sound barrier for mitigating construction noise in communities where large construction projects are taking place. Currently, two large scale construction projects in the Los Angeles/Santa Monica areas are utilizing Acoustifence to minimize construction noise.

With much new development going on in the Los Angeles and Santa Monica areas, often times neighbors can feel like they are being encroached upon by the effects of new construction activity and construction related noise. Acoustiblok, Inc.’s sound barrier product, Acoustifence, is now helping even more Santa Monica residents cope with construction noise at two large sites.

Since 2011, an Acoustifence construction fence has been successfully utilized at the $ 55 million Santa Monica High School Science and Technology Building Project. Get a detailed news article about this project.

Now, Acoustifence is being utilized in the construction of the Operations and Maintenance Facility complex, which is part of $ 1.511 billion Phase 2 of the Metro Rail Corridor project.

Phase 2 is a 6.6 mile extension of the 87 Metro Rail System from the existing station at Culver City. In preparation for construction of the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Facility for the Expo Line project, work crews began demolition of some existing buildings and site prep work. The site is located at Stewart Street and Exposition Boulevard in the City of Santa Monica.

The work is being managed and performed by the O&M Facility contractor Kiewit Building Group, Inc. and its subcontractors. Santa Monica is a densely populated area where multi-family and single-family homes are located adjacent to the property. The neighbors, which include the residential plus some sensitive commercial tenants, face the two short sides and one long side of the rectangular piece of property.

Kiewit Building Group installed a standard 8-foot high chain link construction fence on the project’s three sides where neighbors reside. The company then wrapped 1,000 linear feet of Acoustifence sound barrier onto the chain link fence on 3 sides: the western border, southern border, and eastern border. The north border is the main line contractor so it was not necessary there.

Acoustifence is a modern day acoustical soundproofing product developed by Tampa, Florida-based Acoustiblok, Inc. It is being recognized more and more as a way to mitigate construction noise at large-scale construction projects.

“Acoustifence is a unique 1/8th inch, 6′ x 30′ (3mm x 1.83m x 9.14m) heavy mineral filled, barium free viscoelastic acoustical material. It’s an advanced material sound barrier that is placed between a noise source and the noise receiver, “said Marilyn Myers, Acoustiblok’s Chief Operating Officer who worked with Kiewit Building Group on the project.

The material easily attaches to chain link fences and comes in large sections and in custom made sizes, making it ideal for construction fence applications that require a soundproofing element at the construction site. Acoustifence is extremely strong and was engineered to withstand harsh outdoor environments like construction sites and highway environments. Full exposure to dirt, grease, oil, mold or even being driven over is not a problem for the Acoustifence.

“Kiewit Building Group needed the material fast and we were able to get it to them immediately. They were able to install it quickly and said the city was pleased with the results,” Myers added.

Tom Beaty is the Community Relations Officer for Kiewit Building Group for the Expo Line Operations and Maintenance Facility project.

“We wrapped as much Acoustifence as we could on the chain link fence. We knew this would create an effective noise barrier and help keep the construction noise and vibration levels down as best as possible given that the area is not completely enclosed,” Beaty said.

In addition to being a sound barrier, Acoustifence’s opacity and black color also provides a visual separation for the construction project and the neighbors. It can also help reduce the amount of dust that would otherwise blow through a chain link construction fence.

Beaty went on to say, “There are local noise and vibration ordinances that we have to adhere to when performing our construction projects. While we’re not required to put up an acoustical construction fence unless we exceed the allowable limits, we made the decision to install one before work commenced because we do work hard to keep noise at a minimum to the surrounding residential and business neighbors and we want them to have the best experience possible during the construction work.”

“We do what’s right because we care about the local community and are sensitive to the inconveniences that sometimes come with large scale construction projects in residential and business communities, ” Beaty explained.

Lahnie Johnson is President & Founder of Acoustiblok Inc. “The construction industry is just starting to see the importance of utilizing Acoustifence on large-scale construction projects where construction noise is a concern. Acoustiblok is more than just a provider of acoustical products. We’re a company that provides acoustical solutions to commercial, industrial, residential, marine and transportation related noise problems,” he said.

About Acoustiblok

Acoustiblok Corporation, a NASA Spin-off listed company headquartered in Tampa, FL, provides acoustical soundproofing solutions for noise related issues. The company develops, manufactures, and markets acoustical products around the world, earning the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers.

Primary products include Acoustiblok® viscoelastic polymer based soundproofing material, Acoustifence® outdoor noise barrier, All Weather Sound Panels®, QuietFiber® insulating material, Quiet-Cloud® industrial sound absorption panels, Acoustiblok WALLCOVER®, and Thermablok® aerogel nanotechnology insulation. Acoustiblok products are used in industrial, residential, commercial, and marine sectors worldwide. The company’s products are made and sourced in the United States.

Acoustiblok Inc., ships products to approximately 60 countries through a network of stocking distributors in the United States and on five continents across the globe. The company operates a subsidiary, Acoustiblok Mideast, in Saudi Arabia to augment our distributor network.

About Kiewit Building Group

Kiewit Building Group (KBG), a subsidiary of Kiewit Corporation, is a national leader in commercial building and vertical construction. Its specific industry knowledge, strategic partnerships and project experience gives KBG the ability to meet the needs of clients on a variety of building project types including commercial office, healthcare, educational, hospitality, science and technology, industrial, retail and special use facilities. As a full-service general contractor, KBG offers delivery methods customized to suit its clients’ needs. Read more about Kiewit Building Group.

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