Congregation Adas Yereim desired to redevelop a one-story industrial building in Brooklyn, NY, into a yeshiva for girls from grades pre-K to 12. The school would be three stories high. It would accommodate 750 students and 130 staff members, thereby consolidating services that were currently provided at three different locations. Two playgrounds, one on the first floor roof and one on the third floor roof, presented a challenge due to the HVAC units and industrial noise at an adjacent building. In addition, an adjacent residence had a balcony at the same level as one of the rooftop playgrounds. At the request of Environmental Project Data Statements Company (EPDSCO), SEA carried out air quality and noise analyses and recommended measures to mitigate potential impacts.
- HVAC stationary source screens for existing and proposed uses
- AERMOD modeling of NO2 and PM2.5 from nearby HVAC cogeneration units
- Air toxics analysis using Industrial Source Screen
- Noise monitoring at ground level and rooftop locations
- Traffic noise analysis using passenger equivalents (PCEs)
- Playground noise level analysis at adjacent residence
- Industrial noise level analysis at rooftop playgrounds
- HVAC noise level analysis at rooftop playgrounds
- Mitigation measures to address industrial noise at rooftop playground
- Mitigation measures to reduce playground noise at nearby home
SEA has carried out numerous other projects that analyzed playground noise. Many of the studies were for the New York City School Construction Authority as part of consecutive on-call contracts with Philip Habib & Associates and Urbitran Associates.