Wyle is currently managing the Manchester Airport Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP). This program began in 1993 with the opening of a project office/demonstration home that Wyle renovated to display sound insulation techniques and provide on-site office space. The renovation, including acoustical modifications, interior decoration, and complete furnishing, was accomplished in five weeks and was concluded with an open house attended by the Mayor, Airport Director, other community leaders, and media representatives. The office was also remodeled to provide facilities for homeowner group meetings to provide information and education.
For the demonstration home as well as the continuing program, Wyle has been responsible for pre- and post-modification noise measurements, acoustic designs, pre- and post-modification attitudinal surveys, technical specifications, contract documents, contractor bidding and selection, construction management, and project evaluation. Local subconsultants are responsible for producing the architectural and mechanical system drawings. A continuing public information program includes regular newsletters, brochures, and periodic neighborhood public information meetings.
Wyle manages the project on a day-to-day basis out of the project office near the airport with a staff of four people. The on-site staff coordinates closely with the homeowners during the design period as well as during and after construction. Overall program management support is provided from the Arlington, Virginia office. As of late Fall 2002, there have been 578 homes in 16 groups sound insulated in multiple phases. Construction is planned in 49 additional houses in early 2003, and there are plans to sound insulate apartments and more single-family homes. The project has proceeded at a pace of approximately 80 to 100 houses per year.
In addition, Wyle has designed and managed the sound insulation of three schools, two day care centers, two churches and a fire station. We recently completed a feasibility study for the sound insulation of a mobile home park, which included noise testing, coordination with local manufactured home dealers, and cost estimating.