Beaver Barracks Acoustical Engineering Case Study


  • Gregory E. Clunis Integral DX Engineering Ltd.


This paper presents a case study of the acoustical engineering undertaken in support of a 252 unit social housing project. This project was located in an area just south of the Ottawa downtown core, known as the “Beaver Barracks” (so-named because of the past use of the site as temporary housing for troops during the Second World War).

The project started with a competitive bidding process. We partnered with the successful proponent, Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, with which we had/have an ongoing working relationship.

High levels of cooperation between the Owners, Project Architect, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, and the General Contractor meant that good acoustical performance was delivered in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible.

This paper describes the project process from concept to final commissioning, including design criteria, concept designs, environmental (traffic) noise, field reviews and testing. Many challenges arose during the project: cost pressures; complications due to the mechanical system sophistication (geothermal with energy recovery); quality control issues with some sub-trades; and the complexities of three different building types (concrete apartments; wood apartments, and stacked wood townhouses); all located on a small site surrounded by buildings and roadways.





How to Cite

Clunis GE. Beaver Barracks Acoustical Engineering Case Study. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2017 Aug. 30 [cited 2023 Nov. 30];45(3):52-3. Available from:



Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada