Project Profile: HSM StoneCrest

Thorburn Associates recently partnered with Hilliard Studio Method (HSM) to provide the acoustical design of their new HSM|Core fitness studio at StoneCrest in Charlotte, NC.  HSM features classes with a unique approach to resistance training.  As more and more people fell in love with the intense workouts and great results, they expanded to accommodate the growing demand. The StoneCrest facility is the third location they have opened.

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TA took a hands-on approach to the design.  We visited both of their existing locations to measure sound levels from different classes.  This was followed by surveys of their adjacent tenants at StoneCrest to better understand the new environment into which they were moving.  With this data in hand, we were able to construct details tailored to their exact needs – no guesswork here.

Our analysis and input was integral in negotiations with the landlord for the lease, and allowed all parties involved to be at ease with the arrangement.  Conducting a thorough investigation and presenting clear results and practical solutions made this project a success.  The initial wording in the lease was not enforceable and did not protect either party.  It seemed to be a collection of snips from the internet, backed up by hearsay from a contractor on a past project.

Leah Williams, HSM Studio Manager stated “HSM|Core StoneCrest is very appreciative of TA’s willingness to patiently explain and demonstrate their sound expertise to us laymen.  We were very pleased with their support in our lease negotiation process by being on a conference call with the potential landlord and then coming to do a field test to demonstrate their recommendations. They listened to both sides and provided something fair and livable that met the intent of each party. Ultimately, it was Steve Thorburn and Philip Zumbrun that allowed us to feel confident to stand firm with our proposed acoustic language in the lease.  And Steve’s demonstration and straight talk put our landlord at ease too.”

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