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How to conduct these measurements would be a nice aca- demic exercise. The classification categories could be based on an integrated sound level such as the A-weighted equiva- lent continuous sound level (LeqA) over 15 minutes, with a value not exceeding something like 95 dB(A) for the highest noise spaces, and down to an LeqA over 30 minutes, with a value not exceeding perhaps 50 dB(A) for the more casual dining spaces. Again, it would be dependent on the owner or other interested parties, maybe the National Restaurant Association, to conduct this type of research to identify the actual decibel-level ranges and how best to measure them.
Good luck and happy eating!
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Kenneth P. Roy is the director/owner of LeShanShui Consulting LLC, Holtwood, PA, that provides international consulting in topics relating to architecture, acoustics, and human performance in buildings. Since 1990, he has been an invited lecturer on topics relating to “Architecture and
Acoustics” at 26 universities in 8 countries
and presented over 200 seminars and design workshops on topics relating to “Architectural Acoustic Design” in 24 countries. Before starting his own consulting practice, he worked for the firms of Armstrong World Industries, Owens-Corning Fiberglas, and Paul Veneklasen Associates Consultants in Acoustics.
Keely Siebein is a senior consultant with Siebein Associates, Inc., Gainesville, FL, and has completed research on natural, historic, and urban soundscapes, restau- rant and classroom acoustics, and performance space acoustics as well as worked on over 250 projects around the
world. She recently served as editor for an upcoming publica- tion entitled Bertram Y. Kinzey, Jr.: Contributions and Influences on Current Research, Teaching and Design of the Architecture of Sound. Keely chaired the Ad Hoc Committee on Aquatic Facility Acoustical Design for the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) from 2016 to 2017.
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