Sounding Off: Our Blog
Thoughts, insights, and perspectives on the latest news, trends, and issues regarding architectural acoustics, environmental and industrial noise and vibration, and audiovisual systems design.
Quincey Smail has worked in acoustics at ABD Engineering & Design since 2016. He is an acoustical consultant, based in Grand Rapids, MI with a Master of Engineering in acoustics from Penn State.
Quincey’s expertise includes acoustical design, modeling and testing to provide thoughtful recommendations for a variety of project types from residential and mixed use to K-12, higher education to healthcare, workplace, environmental, and industrial facilities.
His projects include noise studies of manufacturing equipment in the US and Europe, car wash sites with residential adjacencies, and high-profile commercial locations. Quincey’s musical background has served him and his projects well in performance spaces including the Interlochen Center for the Arts, as well as other public and private music schools, music stores, event centers, plus the particular needs of worship spaces. Quincey is regularly called upon to assist with hotel acoustical needs during design and construction, along with post-occupancy needs. He has also worked with hospitals, hospice, counseling centers, dental offices, and residential healthcare to address FGI and HIPAA requirements.
“Q,” as many of us call him, came into acoustics through the rabbit-hole of physics and music. Discovering that music is physics piqued his interest. A combination of his choir teacher and under-grad physics advisor prompted him to meet with an organ installer who talked with him about how sound behaves in the architectural space of a church. Later, during his gap-year, Quincey picked up a number of books and continued riding the wave of discovery through independent study, further drawing him to his graduate program.
In his free time, Quincey – a talented baritone – sings in community and church choirs. He can be found enjoying the Grand Rapids local craft-brewery and cocktail culture, trivia nights, and playing tabletop games.
The online magazine, Hospitality Design, has a new Ask The Acoustic Expert article, covering three key questions with ABD’s Principal Engineer, Melinda Miller.
Building vibration can impact user experience, and is largely preventable during design, or potentially mitigated later, with help from a vibration consultant.
Long-Time Leaders Principal Engineer Melinda Miller and Chief Operating Officer Marci Boks have purchased ABD Engineering and Design, one of North America’s leading independent acoustical consulting and AV design firms.
Infrastructure planning now and then: everything old is new again as we learn planning lessons from 50 years ago, for the next 30 years.
ABD Engineering & Design has been awarded the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in West Michigan for the fifteenth year in a row.
Classroom display technology is constantly evolving; bending to how students learn. How do today’s teachers use displays in the classroom to improve education?
Fiber optic cabling has been part of the audiovisual infrastructure for years. No longer cost-prohibitive, fiber is now a key part of AV-over-IP solutions.
Resilient channel (RC) is a popular option in acoustic design and construction. While RC promises a huge positive effect on the acoustical performance of a wall, facade, or floor/ceiling, the reality can be disappointing, even failing to meet code.
Resilient channel (RC) is a popular option in acoustic design and construction. While RC promises a huge positive effect on the acoustical performance of a wall, facade, or floor/ceiling, the reality after installation can be disappointing, even failing to meet code minimum for multi-family housing projects.