Acoustics By Design, an independent acoustical consulting and audio-visual design firm headquartered in downtown Grand Rapids, will celebrate its 10 year anniversary on October 6, 2011, at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. The invitation only event will host 300 architects and engineers as they celebrate a milestone for one of their own.

After the event sold out within 48 hours, ABD quickly made arrangements to open up 50 additional tickets. The event is no charge and a registration can be accessed at

ABD originated in 1962 as Innovative Engineering Acoustics, a small acoustical consulting firm. But when Kenric Van Wyk bought the firm in 2001, he renamed it Acoustics By Design. Van Wyk now looks back on that decision as one of the best he ever made, leading the firm to excellent search engine optimization on the web.

“We are one of the only firms in the Midwest that does what we do, so we have a very niche’ market. We work as subconsultants to all the big architectural firms, and that keeps us very busy. But the thing that keeps us growing through this financial crisis is our commitment to excellence,” said Kenric Van Wyk, President of Acoustics By Design.

While other local architectural and engineering firms are forced to lay off employees, Acoustics By Design continues to grow and hire more help. This distinction has earned them the title of one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies for the past 5 years running.

“One of the biggest keys to our success is our online presence,” explains Thom Thelen, Client Development Manager for ABD. Thelen went on to describe how their website traffic has increased by over 600% in the past 4 years. “We release a weekly blog to help people understand acoustics and audio-visual design principals, and ultimately that helps us get found on all the major search engines.”

ABD’s 10th Anniversary Party will feature several free training sessions for architects and engineers, and the event will culminate with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at a private reception in the GRAM Auditorium. They will give out two Annual Family Membership Passes to GRAM as prizes during the reception.

“Celebrating a 10 years as Acoustics By Design is a great honor, and we are excited about the future as we expand into the national market,” said Van Wyk. With the right plan in place and the right team on board, Van Wyk and crew are poised to do just that. Register for the event at

Kenric Van Wyk

Kenric Van Wyk, PE, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, INCE. Bd.Cert. is President of Acoustics By Design, Inc., and has been an independent consultant in acoustics, noise, and vibration since 1987. He has participated in over 2500 projects, in all aspects of acoustics and noise control. With teaching credentials to complement his professional experience, Kenric Van Wyk is a sought after lecturer and trainer for architectural and engineering firms, professional organizations, universities, and other groups.

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