We have all heard a horror story or two about large-dollar building projects that shortly after completion received a flood of noise complaints requiring considerable effort and spending to address the concerns. Sadly enough, many of these situations could have been avoided by proactively discussing and planning for the acoustical needs of the project up front. By evaluating these needs early on in the planning stage and deciding if there is a need to hire an acoustical consultant, you can minimize the likelihood of complaints.
What kind of questions should you be asking? Check out the article from Amador Castro, Jeff Elliott, Dustin Griesmann, and Alberto Ruiz.