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Who We Are

Our 45-year legacy isn’t just our portfolio, it’s our people.

Salter consults on over 900 projects worldwide each year with headquarters in San Francisco and branch offices in San Jose, Honolulu, and Seattle. In 1975, Charles Salter founded the company on principles of sound engineering, scientific process, inquisitive problem solving, and personal integrity. His motto was simple: to be better every day. Having grown from 1 engineer to a team of 60 that includes acoustical, audiovisual, telecommunications, and security experts, that commitment remains the same.

At Salter, our legacy is 45 years of award-winning projects. We are a team of Professional Engineers, LEED Accredited Professionals, Certified Technology Specialists, Registered Communications Distribution Designers, Fellows of the Audio Engineering Society, and Fellows of the Acoustical Society of America. Our in-house talent comes from interdisciplinary and advanced degrees in architecture, music, linguistics, business, and forensics. We stand on the foundation of our hard-won reputation while looking forward with curiosity and commitment.

Hawaii & Seattle Offices Open
2019
Founded
1975
Tony Nash is Employee #1
1976
Consulting on Skywalker Ranch Begins
1982
Adds Audiovisual Consulting
1988
Consulting on Disney Concert Hall Begins
1989
Moves to 130 Sutter
1989
Completes Presentation Studio
1990
Helps found The Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley
1997
Publishes ACOUSTICS: Architecture, Engineering, the Environment
1998
San Jose Office Opens
2001
Adds Telecommunications Consulting
2003
AOUSC Federal Courtroom Tech Study in 28 Cities
2004
Adds Security Consulting
2009
Salter's 6th Floor Renovation Achieves LEED Gold Certification
2013
Grows to 50 Employees
2014
Charles Salter Celebrates 40 Years of Teaching at UC Berkeley
2014
Holiday Video Wins SMPS National Marketing Communications Award of Excellence
2017
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News

New Pacific Northwest Office in Seattle

Salter is excited to announce our new Pacific Northwest office, located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle!

Salter's New Brand

A Fresh New Look for The Future: Introducing The New Salter Brand and Website

Salter Opens Hawai'i Office

Salter is happy to announce our new Hawai’i office, led by Blake Wells in Kailua.

David Schwind Retires after 35 Years at Salter

David joined us 35 years ago and has excelled as an acoustical consultant.

The Noise Grinch Who Stole Business Holiday Video Wins SMPS National Marketing Communications Award

We’re honored our Noise Grinch Who Stole Business Holiday video won a SMPS National Marketing Communications Award!

Salter’s Investigation into Exploding Eggs Featured in The New York Times

Tony Nash and Lauren von Blohn, acoustics consultants at Salter, were hired to investigate a possible case of hearing damage caused by an exploding egg.

Our Noisebusters Holiday Video Wins 1st Place

Honored our Noisebusters movie trailer won 1st place in the Digital Holiday category at the national SMPS Marketing Awards!

Awards

SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Honor Award

Society for College and University Planning

UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science Campus and Coastal Biology Building, Santa Cruz CA

AIA Community Alliance Chapter Service Award

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Salter, San Francisco, CA

AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, National Chapter

Newport Beach Civic Center and Park, Newport Beach, CA

AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, National Chapter

Sweetwater Spectrum Community, Sonoma, CA

AIA Merit Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, California Council

Windhover Contemplative Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

AIA Merit Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, California Council

Rene Cazenave Apartments, San Francisco, CA

AIA Architecture Merit Award

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

The Lands End Lookout and Visitor Center, San Francisco, CA

AIA Architecture Merit Award

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Marlow, San Francisco, CA

AIA Architecture Merit Award

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA

AIA Architecture Merit Award

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Hyde, San Francisco, CA

AIA Architecture Citation Award

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Windhover Contemplative Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

AIA Architecture Citation Award

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Rene Cazenave Apartments, San Francisco, CA

AIA Architecture Special Commendation

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Exploratorium at Pier 15, San Francisco, CA

AIA Historic Preservation Special Recognition

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

50 United Nations Plaza, San Francisco, CA

AIA Social Responsibility Special Recognition

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

St. Anthony Foundation Dining Room and Social Work Center / Vera Haile Senior Community, San Francisco, CA

AIA Community Alliance Revitalization Award

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

The Strand, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), San Francisco, CA

AIA Design Award Honorable Mention: Institutional

The American Institute of Architects, Honolulu Chapter

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole U.S. Courthouse, Honolulu, HI

American Architecture Award

Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design

Windhover Contemplative Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

IIDA WOW! Best of Show & Play Honor Awards

International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter

Symantec SYMfit Fitness Center, Mountain View, CA

IIDA Serve Honor Award

International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter

Windhover Contemplative Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

IIDA Work Large Honor Award

International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter

Uber, San Francisco, CA

IIDA Pride Award for Design Excellence

International Interior Design Association, Southwest Chapter

ValueAct Capital, San Francisco, CA

SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Rehabilitation, Restoration or Preservation Merit Award

Society for College and University Planning and AIA Committee on Architecture for Education

Fresno City College Historic Old Administration Building, Fresno, CA

World Legacy Award Sense of Place Winner

National Geographic Society

Cavallo Point - The Lodge at Golden Gate, Sausalito, CA

Preservation Design Award

California Preservation Foundation

Fort Mason Pier 2, San Francisco, CA

California Heritage Council Award

California Heritage Council

The Inn at the Presidio, San Francisco, CA

California Heritage Council Award

California Heritage Council

Presidio Officers’ Club, San Francisco, CA

NAIOP Kukulu Hale Award of Excellence

NAIOP Hawaii Chapter

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole U.S. Courthouse, Honolulu, HI

Top Projects in the North Bay Higher Education Award

The North Bay Business Journal

College of Marin Academic Center, Kentfield, CA

SMPS National Marketing Communications 3rd Place Award

Society for Marketing Professional Services, National Chapter

Salter Sings the Holiday Hits Video, Holiday Piece - Digital

AIA 25-Year Award

The American Institute of Architects, National Chapter

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA

AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, National Chapter

The Strand, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), San Francisco CA

AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, National Chapter

Windhover Contemplative Center, Stanford, CA

AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, National Chapter

Exploratorium at Pier 15, San Francisco, CA

AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, National Chapter

UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, Berkeley, CA

AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, National Chapter

Rene Cazenave Apartments, San Francisco, CA

AIA Honor Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, California Council

The Strand, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), San Francisco CA

AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, California Council

Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP, San Francisco, CA

AIA Merit Award for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, California Council

Pinterest Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

AIA Honor Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

College of Marin Academic Center, Kentfield, CA

AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Bloomberg Tech Hub, San Francisco, CA

AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP, San Francisco, CA

AIA Citation Award with Social Responsibility for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

The Strand, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), San Francisco, CA

AIA Citation Award with Social Responsibility for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Don Fisher Clubhouse, San Francisco, CA

AIA Special Commendation Award for Social Responsibility

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

474 Natoma, San Francisco, CA

AIA Special Commendation Award for Sustainability

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, Berkeley, CA

AIA Merit Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

North Beach Branch Library, San Francisco, CA

AIA Merit Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, Redwood Empire Chapter

College of Marin Academic Center, Kentfield, CA

AIA Citation Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, Redwood Empire Chapter

MacRostie Winery & Vineyards, Healdsburg, CA

SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Rehabilitation, Restoration or Preservation Honorable Mention Award

Society for College and University Planning and AIA Committee on Architecture for Education

Hoover Pavilion Rehabilitation, Stanford Health Care, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

IIDA Work Large Honor Award

International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter

Twitter One 10th Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

IIDA Work Medium Merit Award

International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter

Bloomberg Tech Hub, San Francisco, CA

ULI Excellence in Development, Non-Profit Sector Small Project Award

Urban Land Institute, Nashville Chapter

Abe’s Garden, Nashville, TN

Preservation Design Award

California Preservation Foundation

Presidio Officers’ Club, San Francisco, CA

California Heritage Council Award

California Heritage Council

Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco, CA

SMPS National Marketing Communications Award of Excellence

Society for Marketing Professional Services, National Chapter

Salter’s Noisebusters Holiday Video, Holiday Piece - Digital

SMPS Founders Awards Communications Award of Excellence

Society for Marketing Professional Services, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Salter’s Noisebusters Holiday Video, Holiday Piece - Digital

SMPS Founders Awards People’s Choice Award

Society for Marketing Professional Services, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Salter’s Noisebusters Holiday Video

SMPS Founders Awards Communications Award of Honor

Society for Marketing Professional Services, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Salter’s Noisebusters Holiday Video, Video

AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, National Chapter

Pinterest Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, National Chapter

In Situ, San Francisco, CA

AIA Housing Award

The American Institute of Architects, National Chapter

Hunters View Housing Blocks 5 & 6, San Francisco, CA

AIA Honor Award

The American Institute of Architects, California Council

UC Davis Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Davis, CA

AIA Merit Award

The American Institute of Architects, California Council

Chico State Arts & Humanities Building, Chico, CA

AIA Merit Award

The American Institute of Architects, California Council

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA

AIA Merit Award for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, California Council

Square Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

AIA Merit Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Chico State Arts & Humanities Building, Chico, CA

AIA Merit Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

UC Davis Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Davis, CA

AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Pinterest Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

AIA East Bay BDA Design Award

The American Institute of Architects, East Bay Chapter and Berkeley Design Advocates

UC Berkeley Lower Sproul Plaza, Berkeley, CA

AIA East Bay Design Honor Award

The American Institute of Architects, East Bay Chapter

UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, Berkeley, CA

IIDA People’s Choice Award

International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter

Pinterest Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

IIDA Heal Merit Award

International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter

Stanford Children’s Health Specialty Services, Sunnyvale, CA

IIDA Play Merit Award

International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter

In Situ, San Francisco, CA

IIDA Calibre Design Award for Entertainment

International Interior Design Association, Southern California Chapter

The Saban Media Center, Hollywood, CA

SCUP Excellence Jury's Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Integrated Planning and Design

Society for College and University Planning

UC Berkeley Lower Sproul Plaza, Berkeley, CA

ULI Excellence in Development, Private Sector Large Project Award

Urban Land Institute, Nashville Chapter

Thompson Hotel, Nashville, TN

SMPS National Marketing Communications Merit Award

Society for Marketing Professional Services, National Chapter

Salter’s The Noise Grinch Who Stole Business, Holiday Piece - Digital

AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, National Chapter

Square Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, National Chapter

San Francisco Art Institute - Fort Mason Center Pier 2, San Francisco, CA

AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, National Chapter

Sonoma Academy Guild & Commons, Santa Rosa, CA

AIA Citation Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

The Pacific, San Francisco, CA

AIA Citation Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

San Francisco Art Institute - Fort Mason Center Pier 2, San Francisco, CA

AIA Citation Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Sonoma Academy Guild & Commons, Santa Rosa, CA

AIA Special Commendation Award

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

270 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA

AIA Merit Award for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, Silicon Valley Chapter

The Hoover Institution’s David and Joan Traitel Building at Stanford University, Stanford, CA

AIA Citation Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, Silicon Valley Chapter

NVIDIA Headquarters, Santa Clara, CA

AIA Merit Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, Redwood Empire Chapter

Sonoma State University Wine Spectator Learning Center, Rohnert Park, CA

CBE Livable Buildings Award Honorable Mention

Center for the Built Environment, UC Berkeley

Pomona College Millikan Science Building, Claremont, CA

IIDA Best of Show Award

International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter

NVIDIA Headquarters, Santa Clara, CA

IIDA Work Large Honor Award

International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter

NVIDIA Headquarters, Santa Clara, CA

SMPS Founders Awards Communications Award of Honor

Society for Marketing Professional Services, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Salter Things, Holiday Piece - Digital

AIA Healthcare Design Award

The American Institute of Architects, National Chapter

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center, Palo Alto, CA

AIA/ALA Library Building Award

The American Institute of Architects, National Chapter

Half Moon Bay Library, Half Moon Bay, CA

AIA Education Facility Design Award

The American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education, National Chapter

San Francisco Art Institute - Fort Mason Center Pier 2, San Francisco, CA

AIA Honor Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Saint Mary's College High School Student Chapel, Albany, CA

AIA Citation Award for Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

SoMa Residence, Artist Gallery + Studio, San Francisco, CA

AIA Merit Award for Interior Architecture

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

In Situ, San Francisco, CA

AIA Historic Preservation Commendation

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Lodge at the Presidio, San Francisco, CA

AIA Sustainable Community Infrastructure Special Commendation

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Half Moon Bay Library, Half Moon Bay, CA

IIDA Long View Award

International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter

Sonoma Academy Guild & Commons, Santa Rosa, CA

IIDA Give Award

International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter

Half Moon Bay Library, Half Moon Bay, CA

IIDA Work Large Award

International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter

Pinterest Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

Preservation Design Award

California Preservation Foundation

San Francisco Art Institute - Fort Mason Center Pier 2, San Francisco, CA

Best of Year Large Tech Office Award Winner

Interior Design Magazine

Slack Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

Palladio Award

Traditional Building Magazine

Vanderbilt University E. Bronson Ingram College, Nashville, TN