The Collins & Aikman Technical Centre in Plymouth Michigan contains over 1800 square meters of laboratory space dedicated to the design and development of cost effective solutions to vehicle noise and vibration problems.
The facility houses North America's first indoor test facility capable of undertaking vehicle passby noise testing in accordance with both federal and international standards. It also houses a transmission loss testing suite capable of accommodating a full size van, a Quiet Room with under vehicle pit access for engine noise simulator testing and modal analysis, a conference room for sound quality/jury testing, a workshop, a prototyping area and a vehicle wash.
This fast track design build project offered many acoustical challenges requiring innovative solutions to meet both schedule and budget. These included
environmental noise and vibration site assessment
the development of practicable design criteria
acoustical modelling of feasible design concepts
technical specifications for competitive bids
review of bid submissions and shop drawings
inspections/problem solving during construction
audit testing for commissioning
The facility was dedicated in May of 1995 on schedule and within budget.