John Sandvig

John SandvigAcoustical Consultant

John Sandvig, LEED AP BD+C, is an Acoustical Consultant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a graduate of Purdue University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree, concentrating in Acoustical Engineering and Theatre Production Design. John’s interest in acoustics stemmed from his childhood. Growing up around music, his love for sound developed by listening to unique instruments and focusing on how the sound they produced filled each performance space. When John is not at work, you might find him spending time swimming, hiking, or biking with his wife and daughter, playing the drums at his church, or tackling renovations on his house.

John Sandvig's Projects

Central Michigan University Biosciences Building

CMU’s largest Capital project to date includes new and improved lab spaces for students and faculty with a variety of educational amenities. ABD Engineering and Design developed recommendations for acoustical…

John Sandvig's Experience

  • Mount Hope Church LansingLansing, Michigan
  • Detroit Institute of Music EducationDetroit, Michigan
  • Central Michigan University Dow Science ClassroomsMt Pleasant, Michigan
  • Newell-Rubbermaid Corporate Headquarters (Green Globes)Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Residential Noise IsolationValparaiso, Indiana
  • Pathology Labs – Noise Dosimetry TestingGrand Rapids, Michigan
  • Open Office Speech PrivacyDe Pere, Wisconsin
  • Sanctuary Acoustics & AV DesignTroy, Michigan
  • DePauw University Dining HallGreencastle, Indiana
  • Livonia Public Schools Fine Arts CentersLivonia, Michigan
  • University of Connecticut Hartford Downtown CampusHartford, Connecticut
  • Grandville Middle SchoolGrandville, Michigan
  • Grissom Air Force Base Speech PrivacyBunker Hill, Indiana
  • South Haven High SchoolSouth Haven, Michigan
  • Planetarium RenovationFlint, Michigan
  • John Sandvig's Blog Posts

    Acoustics in a busy restaurant

    What Do Acoustical Consultants Actually Do?

    As an acoustical consultant, I often have trouble answering the “what do you do?” question. The basic answer is quite easy, but unless the person asking the question is an architect, performing artist, or involved in music, they often don’t have a...
    Acoustics and LEED for Schools

    Acoustics and LEED For Schools

    When most people hear about the Acoustic Standards in the LEED for Schools Rating System (LEED v4), their eyes start to glaze over like a pair of day-old Krispy Kremes. With over thirty pages of detailed acoustical design criteria, the ANSI Standards are a force to be...
    Active Learning and Traditional Classrooms

    Active Learning Classrooms

    Removing obstacles to learning. That’s the mantra around the movement toward Active Learning Classrooms (ALC) in University settings. This departure from the traditional lecture format, and toward flexible furniture, writing surfaces, collaborative activities, and...
    Boarding up the board room

    Boarding up the Board Room – Speech Privacy

    Acoustics By Design gets requests, every week, to help corporate office environments with their speech privacy. Whether it’s a conference room, single private office, or one with legal privacy concerns (like a doctor’s or lawyer’s office), it’s important to keep...