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We are a team of highly skilled, degreed consultants who provide acoustic expertise in Dallas.


Our range of tailored acoustic services is focused on commercial spaces, and includes:

Acoustic Testing

  • Testing of noise transmission—both airborne and structure-borne—including ASTC, AIIC, DTC, AOITC, CNEL and LDNs 

  • Environmental noise studies including logging and frequency-based 

  • Compliance testing for municipal noise ordinances

  • Noise exposure for factories and industrial applications. (OSHA)

  • Predictive testing and design work for CHPS, HIPPA, LEED, and WELL.


Design for New Construction, Renovation, and TI Finish Out

  • Room acoustics

  • Sound isolation

  • Noise and vibration control​

  • Government certified classified space design standards including SCIF and SAPF sound isolation design 

Why Salas O'Brien for acoustic consulting in Dallas? 


Our practice has an office in the Dallas metro area with experts skilled in advanced computer modeling in programs such as Sound Plan, AIM, INSUL, and EASE. We utilize Type 1 sound level measuring equipment with current calibration certificates.

We solve acoustic problems for clients, including: 

  • Difficult tenant adjacency (like a meditation studio next to a high-energy spin studio or a bowling alley next to a cinema).

  • Intrusion of environmental noise for projects in downtown urban environments or in proximity to airports, entertainment attractions, industrial plants, and mass transit. 

  • Mechanical plant noise issues both inside of buildings and to adjacent buildings or property lines.

  • Horizontal and vertical sound isolation between spaces. 

  • Noise and vibration from HVAC and plumbing.

  • Acoustics for musical performance, worship, workplace environments, or other sensitive spaces. 

  • Isolation of high-energy spaces such as restaurants and nightclubs.

  • Speech intelligibility for spaces where communication matters. 

  • Noise from back of house and service areas. 


We can tell you from experience, that there is nothing that sparks frustration like noise. Our mission is to help you solve the problem. Our acousticians are here to support you.



INCE Board Certified, LEED AP

Associate Vice President

M.Arch & MS, Building Sciences - Architectural Acoustics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

BD, Architecture, University of Florida

2020-21 Board for Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE);
Acoustical Society of America (ASA); The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditoning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Location: Dallas

Courtney Schoedel is a skilled acoustic designer able to develop solutions rapidly in a collaborative environment. Deep experience in the science of sound isolation and noise/vibration control. Courtney joined the team in 2006 with a focus on spaces where people come together to share an experience. Her portfolio spans a wide range of project types allowing her to cross-pollinate innovation.



BSE,  Acoustical Engineering and Music, University of Hartford

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Location: Dallas

Alex Hornecker is an acoustic consultant who specializes in isolating vibration and noise control issues. Alex is skilled in computer modeling, testing and evaluation. Alex joined the team in 2019 with a large portfolio of solving acoustic issues in the built environment. Alex serves projects in all markets including mixed-use, residential, workplace, healthcare, and education.


Associate Vice President

BS, Engineering Physics, South Dakota State University

Location: Denver

Ryan Knox is an expert in the interaction of loudspeaker design and room acoustics for large venues and for projects with complex geometry. He is also skilled at environmental noise control analysis. Ryan joined the team in 2002 and he has designed for hundreds of venues where performance matters.


Senior Consultant

M. Eng, Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

Acoustical Society of America (ASA); Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE)

Location: San Diego

Krisi Hinova is energized by solving problems. A specialist in acoustic modeling, room acoustics, mechanical noise control, and sound isolation, Krisi is able to develop practical and aesthetically pleasing solutions to acoustical challenges. Krisi is also experienced in environmental acoustics. She joined the team in 2018 and enjoys the investigative work required to get answers.

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