Archive for the ‘Soundproofing News’ Category

Yarra Town Council Looks to Help Music Venues

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Simon Huggins, a Yarra councillor, is taking action to help well-established music venues in the area. It seems as though multiple venues are being threatened with legal action due to noise complaints. The sheer number of complaints, however, is a concern, as government officials don’t want to see complaints ultimately destroy the town’s vibrant music industry and nightlife.

So what did Huggins propose? He proposed creating a fund to assist in the high costs of soundproofing older buildings. He’s found that some of the longer-standing venues are failing to meet EPA guidelines in buildings that were built before the guidelines were put in place.

Whatever measure he proposes wouldn’t necessarily help new venues in newer buildings, but would focus more on helping long-established venues in older or historic buildings find ways to more effectively and affordably control noise.

The budget hasn’t been completely mapped out. There’s no detailed plan. We hope to see one, though. It’d be amazing to see a city that values music take action to help the venues that give it life.

Massachusetts DOT to Remove a Soundproof Wall

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Residents of Newburyport, a town in Massachusetts, were surprised during their October MassDOT public briefing meeting.

The state has been working on a project to replace the Whittier Bridge and improve sections of I-95. The October meeting held in Amesbury High School was held to address the concerns the public had about the project and to show what the wider highway would look like.

As part of the project, the current soundproofing wall between the highway and the neighborhood will be removed. The current wall is 12 feet wide and the new wall will be thinner. The new wall will be constructed in a slightly different place, allowing for the growth of some brush and foliage, which will also help to soundproof the area.

Residents were concerned that MassDOT officials were constructing a wall that would not properly buffer sounds, but a spokesperson for the agency said any new wall would have the same sound-buffering qualities as the original.

It’ll be interesting to see what actually happens to the noise levels once this project is complete.

TF Green Airport Closes Runway

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

The TF Green Airport in Rhode Island shut down it’s secondary runway in late July. The shut-down is the first stage of a 4-year improvement project that will not only extend the runways but will take care of local soundproofing concerns as well.

The shutdown of the runway is actually temporary. They’re starting by addressing some safety concerns but will then reopen that particular track before the holidays. The track will remain open until the Spring, when nicer weather will allow construction to resume again.

The airport has huge plans that will take them straight through 2017. They’re building a collection system to protect the environment from the deicing solution used on planes and they also have plans to extend the airport’s main runway.

Area homes are of concerns as well. Throughout the entire process, the airport will be reviewing homes to see if they fall under FAA guidelines. Homes that qualify may be offered a voluntary buyout and those that do not want the buyout will be offered soundproofing. This applies to both business and residential properties.

Noise Relief for Warwick, RI Residents

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Residents of Warwick, Rhode Island have finally received the news they’ve been waiting for. The town has finally, officially received the funding it needs to start a soundproofing program to benefit residents living near the T.F. Green Airport.

In the past, Mayor Scott Avedisian and his people have been disappointed by proposed programs that haven’t taken off. This program specifically earmarks more than $20 million for the project, to be used to soundproof more than 440 homes over the course of the next 3-4 years.

Despite the advancements, some residents are leery. The airport has the ability to handle up to 6 million passenger planes in a given calendar year but currently maxes out at about 3 million. This means the traffic has plenty of room to grow as the airport becomes more popular. Some residents simply aren’t sure it’s worth staying in town – soundproof or not.

BART Riders Unhappy

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

BART riders from the bay area seem to be a bit unhappy. The organization has been using fabric seats within its train cars to make riding the train more comfortable. The problem? Cutbacks mean smaller cleaning crews  and they simply can’t keep up with the grime – not to mention the fact that those who do have jobs have a high absentee rate.

When the cars are eventually updated, they’ll include a better soundproofing base as well as new seat covers. We’ll just have to wait and see if BART gets its act together before the next fiscal budget is passed.

Port Coquitlam Looks to Change the Rules

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The citizens of the Port Coquitlam area in Canada may soon find themselves facing a myriad of changes. The city council is taking a close look at its noise ordinances and bylaws and is considering some major changes.

Amongst the changes proposed is a rule to set a firm decibel limit on what is considered a noise disturbance.

The laws are usually only enforced if there are complaints. Unfortunately, many of the area’s heat pumps and air conditioning units run at around 75 decibles, despite the standard of 45 or 50 that is expected.

So how will this debacle pan out? We’ll soon see whether the folks in Port Coquitlam are taking action to add soundproofing materials to their homes or not.

Bellingham Venue Soundproofing in the Works

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

The downtown Bellingham area has seen its share of turnover in the business district. While many bars and nightclubs have attempted to open, many are eventually forced to shut down due to a wide variety of noise complaints.

This is why we’re slightly surprised to hear that another new venue, The Shakedown, plans to open in mid-March of this year. The difference between this music venue and those from the past is simple – soundproofing.

The owner, Hollie Huthman, has spent a considerable amount of time working to make sure that the venue’s events will not cause concern to those in the apartments overhead or nearby.

Bellingham’s music scene is thriving. Let’s hope Hollie Huthman has a plan that will withstand the test of time.

Waiting for the Imperial

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

It’s a story we’ve heard time and time again:

The Imperial will be reopening soon.

Yea. Right.

Apparently the owner of the Imperial Hotel, Shadd Danesi, claims the hotspot will be reopening soon. He says he’s trying to make sure his soundproofing is perfect so as not to disturb neighbors.

The story is getting old.

He needs to get some Green Glue, get the job done, and reopen.

Perhaps before all of the club’s fans find another place to party.

The Globe Completes Soundproofing

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

The Globe, a popular London music venue, recently sank more than 25,000 pounds into a soundproofing project in an attempt to keep their entertainment license and remain open.

The venue has been under scrutiny, resulting from complaints from neighbors about noise levels coming from within the bar. The first phase of the project involved roof repairs, ceiling repacement, and – of course – soundproofing.

The club hopes to have it’s currently revoked live music license reinstated. They hope to have a  band test the soundproofing measures befoer approaching Council on April 16th regarding the license.

3M to Buy MTI PolyFab

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

While we know you won’t use this type of material in a home soundproofing project, the story is sort of interesting, nonetheless.

A recent news story announced the purchase of MTI PolyFab Inc by the 3M Co.

MTI PolyFab Inc. has spent the past few years making both thermal and acoustical insulation materials for companies taking part in the aerospace industry. They make soundproofing materials for a wide variety of aircraft.

3M, on the other hand, continues to grow. This is their second acquisition in a month!