Sarit Expo Hall
PROJECT DETAILS Client: Soma Properties
Site: Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya.
Area: 3,500 m2
Category: multi-purpose hall
Services: Acoustic design review & optimization; Acoustic material specification, value engineering and construction supervision; post-construction acoustic testing and commissioning.
Project Date: September 2017 – October 2019
PROJECT DESCRIPTION The Sarit Centre management ongoing project that seeks to expand their existing mall in Westlands, Nairobi. The new development is adjacent to the existing mall. It includes the construction of a triple volume exhibition hall among several retail, service and utility spaces. The management is actively running the exhibition hall and several other utility spaces while most of the retail and service spaces will be under tenancy. The main aim is to ensure that the exhibition hall has an appropriate the acoustic environment to optimize its functionality.
Sound Creations Ltd. was contracted by Soma Properties to provide architectural consultancy services for the exhibition hall. They had initially contracted some consultants from Greece, however, they felt that they required a local consultant who would be able to review and optimize the initial acoustic designs, specify relevant cost-effective acoustic materials that would be locally available and finally conduct post-construction acoustic testing and commissioning.
The exhibition hall is a rectangular hall with a total floor area of 3,500M2 located on the second floor of the Sarit Centre Expansion Proposed Phase III Project. There are several spaces adjacent to the hall on the same level, on the level below and on the first and second mezzanine levels.
The acoustic design of the hall needed to ensure that there is minimal sound transmission into and the hall from the adjacent spaces and/or mechanical equipment, and out of the hall into the adjacent spaces. There was also the need to ensure optimum room acoustics of the hall. This involved the critical analysis of the previous reports by the previous acoustic consultants together with the revised architectural drawings. We made a few recommendations to further optimize the acoustic design. We are currently in the construction documentation stage where we are reviewing the different consultants’ drawings to ensure conformity to the updated architectural acoustic design for the exhibition hall.