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Putting our experience to work for you.

We invest in the technologies we recommend. Some of these are used as simulations to better explain environments before they are constructed.

Salter completed a LEED®-Gold certified office expansion in the historic Hallidie Building. The new space is a flexible showplace and teaching environment demonstrating new acoustical, audiovisual, telecommunications, and security technologies within a sustainable office design. Our technology studio includes high-definition conferencing capabilities nested in a space that is designed for speech intelligibility and privacy. We deploy a sophisticated audio system, known as Meyer Sound Constellation, which allows architects and facilities groups to experience different reverberation times within our studio, helping them assess the level of acoustical needs for their spaces.

To better inform clients, Salter also has an in-house presentation studio to simulate acoustical environments. We have a subsidiary company, the Audio Forensic Center, providing audio, video, and multi-media forensic analysis and expert witness services.

In 1998, Salter authored ACOUSTICS: Architecture, Engineering, the Environment, a book for architects, engineers, facility owners and managers, specifiers, contractors, and other professionals with a need for information on acoustics. The 320-page reference book utilizes full color photographs, illustrations, and more than 50 case studies to help the reader understand how to approach acoustical design issues for all building types.


Salter offers free AIA CES registered courses for continuing professional education to building industry partners. Please contact us below to schedule a program led by experienced acoustical, audiovisual, telecommunications, and security consultants from our firm.

Course 100

Overview of Acoustical Design

Course 200

Fundamentals of Acoustical Design

Course 300

Environmental Acoustics

Course 400

Architectural Design: Acoustics and Audiovisual Systems

Course 500

Office Acoustics Design Workshop

Course 600

Telecommunications in Buildings - Programmatic Input to Architectural Layouts

Course 700

Communication Systems in Architecture - Telecommunications Technology

Course 800

Case Studies in Audiovisual System Design

Course 900

Architectural Challenges of Technology Infrastructure

Course 1000

Acoustics and Energy Conservation in HVAC Systems

Course 1100

Residential Acoustical Design

Course 1200

Architectural Insights into Building Technology

Course 1300

Courtroom Technology Study

Course 1400

Planning for Security in the Built Environment

Publications/White Papers

ACOUSTICS: Architecture, Engineering, the Environment


William Stout Publisher, 1998

Open Office Acoustics in Mass Timber Construction

Ethan Salter and Valerie Smith
INCE-USA Noise-Con Paper, 2020

Videoconferencing in A Post-Pandemic World: A Historical Perspective

Ken Graven

June 2020

Keeping Staff and Clients Safe after COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place

Rob Hammond and Ryan Raskop

June 2020

Moving from Open Offices Will Improve Acoustics

Greg Enenstein

California Buildings News Q2 2020, pg 13

Assembly Space Renovation Challenges: Town School for Boys Theater/Gymnasium

Jason Duty

178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America Paper, 2019

Experiences with Gym Noise and Vibration in Mixed-Use Buildings

Diego Hernandez, Ethan Salter, and Felipe Tavera

INCE-USA Noise-Con Paper, 2019

What’s New in Office Acoustics Design Standards

Charles Salter and Ethan Salter

California Buildings News Q2 2019, pg 5

Development of a Framework to Implement a Recycling Program in an Elementary School

Blake Wells

Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 2014

Sound Pressures Generated by Exploding Eggs

Tony Nash and Lauren von Blohn

174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America Paper, 2017

Forensic Sound Analyses of Cellular Telephone Recordings

Durand Begault, Adrian Lu, and Philip Perry

Audio Engineering Society 139th Convention Paper 9472, 2015

Intelligent Building Technology: The Evolution of the AV Consultant

Ken Graven

May 2015

Analysis Criteria for Forensic Musicology

Durand Begault, Heather Heise, and Christopher Peltier

The Journal of the Acoustical Society America, Volume 133, Issue 5: 3244, 2013

Supporting Dynamic Infrastructure Loads from a Vibrating Structure

Alex Salter

166th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America Paper, 2013


Achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design acoustical requirements in a commercial office project

Ethan Salter

The Journal of the Acoustical Society America, Volume 133, Issue 5: 3225, 2013

Acoustical Measurement Software Housed on Mobile Operating Systems Test

Felipe Tavera

Audio Engineering Society 135th Convention Paper, 2013

Uncertainty in the Measurement of the Electrical Network Frequency

Durand Begault, Anthony Nash, and Christopher Peltier

Audio Engineering Society 46th Convention Paper, 2012

Construction of an Artificial Ear Using the DADEC Model

Felipe Tavera

Revista Ingenium. Volume 13. No. 25, 2011

Sustainable Design and Acoustics

Ethan Salter

In Architectural Acoustics: Principals and Practice, ed. William J. Cavanaugh, Gregory C. Tocci, and Joseph A. Wilkes, 2nd ed. 273-294. John Wiley & Sons, 2010

Volume Control: Keeping the Sound Down in Urban, Mixed-Use Projects

Ethan Salter

Form Magazine November/December Issue: 44, 2010

Classroom Acoustics in the Developing World

Valerie Smith

INCE-USA Noise-Con Paper, 2010