Fond Du Lac, WI
With expertise in acoustical design and engineering, Kahn was contracted to design a Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) testing facility for Mercury Marine. Previously, Mercury Marine fought noise infiltration from the ground, the walls, and the roof of their cramped facility, which limited production and negatively impacted testing results. The new building needed to improve the accuracy of their tests for their newly developed products including a high-horsepower boat motor. Kahn proposed a solution to isolate the vibration noise: an encased testing facility within an office building.
The first floor features engineering spaces with an isolated, independent testing facility negating outside noise infiltration. Within a glass façade, the second floor houses office workspaces utilizing furniture concepts that promote collaboration among the teams. Not only were the technical needs of the client met, but as with all Kahn projects, the final building transformed their corporate image and became an icon on the campus.
Test rooms supported on a steel coil vibration isolation system above a 66,000 gallon water reservoir