New Acoustics at La Guardia Airport’s Terminal B: Designed to take the stress out of flying
New York; June 24, 2020: Cerami is pleased to announce its role in steering the acoustic design for the new Terminal B at La Guardia Airport. The $4 billion project involved replacing dated stainless-steel columns and low ceilings with an airy, art-filled terminal dotted with trees, natural light and soaring ceilings up to 60 feet in height. La Guardia Terminal B, re-imagined by LaGuardia Gateway Partners, including design by HOK, is now a beacon of light in 21st century development and the overall LGA project is the first new airport build in the country within the last 25 years, with acoustics that are designed to create a welcoming and relaxing environment.
“We designed the acoustics to take the stress out of flying,” said Justin Lau, Cerami Project Manager at LGA, who integrated with the HOK team that transformed the airport. Cerami’s mission from HOK, LaGuardia Gateway Partners and the Port Authority was resolute: make the customer feel better. To that end, Cerami designed the acoustics for the concourse, terminals, pedestrian bridge, ticketing gates, and headhouse, engineering solutions that compliment the interior architecture in creating a calm, stress free environment for both passengers and airport staff. Even the TSA offices and baggage claim area weren’t overlooked. Extra care was taken in designing specific noise control measures for things like the baggage handling conveyers, which aren’t even visible to passengers.
A Cerami signature acoustic solution was the new pedestrian bridge, which has airplanes taxiing right underneath it. While a very elegant architectural feature, travelers would certainly not want to hear the roar of engines or feel the vibrations as they pass over it on their way to to their gate. “Our team collaborated with the structural engineers, establishing criteria and specific calculations to get it just right. We took to the airfields to measure noise levels from airplanes taking-off, landing and even taxiing to determine the perfect type of glass to control sound, ” said Victoria Cerami, CEO of Cerami. “The first impression of New York will be one of peace – something we can all use more of these days.”
Cerami Associates is the world’s largest woman-owned acoustics and technology company, helping solve noise, vibration and connectivity issues for 55 years. Cerami works with world-class architects and developers on their iconic projects, and has a deep experience controlling sound on transportation projects, globally.
For more information, contact Gail Sheffler, Director of Communications at Cerami at [email protected].