InterContinental Airport Hotel - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Noise Control & Measurement


Minneapolis, MN


RSP Architects

General Contractor:

ESI was part of RSP Architects’ design team as the acoustical consultant for this new InterContinental Minneapolis Airport Hotel.  The biggest challenge was reducing indoor noise levels from jet departures on the two east/west runways that are only 2,000 feet from either side of the hotel.  The jet noise needed to meet the stringent InterContinental expectations in the guestrooms and meeting spaces.  Outdoor noise was monitored, calculations prepared, and a 10-1/4” deep curtain wall glazing assembly was recommended.  As reported in the news clip (see WCCO link below), the results have been outstanding.  Other services for this project included development of appropriate acoustic criteria as well as recommendations for room-to-room airborne and impact sound isolation, HVAC noise control, and equipment vibration isolation. Rendering courtesy of RSP and some photos courtesy of InterContinental.

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RSP Architects


Our experts were involved throughout the design phase of the project with special considerations made to provide a comfortable environment for guests from the high airport noise levels surrounding the hotel.

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