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Acoustic consulting firms merge

April 22, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Acoustics by Design Matthews Auditorium Cornerstone University
Grand Rapids-based Acoustics by Design serves a range of clients, such as Cornerstone University, which is the home of Matthews Auditorium. Photo via

A local firm that offers acoustic consulting services for various applications has merged with a similar company.

Grand Rapids-based Acoustics By Design and Beaverton, Oregon-based Daly-Standlee & Associates said yesterday that they have merged.

Both companies are acoustic consulting firms that offer audio, video and lighting services to architects, engineers, facility directors and building owners.

“We’re excited to expand our West Coast presence,” said Kenric Van Wyk, president, Acoustics By Design. “While we’ve had a small service office in the Portland area, the merger and addition of Daly-Standlee strengthens our firm both geographically and from the position of offering a broader, deeper bench of specialization and expertise nationally.”

The firms will undergo a re-branding process over the course of the next three months and retain their staffs and locations.

The firms said Acoustics By Design offers a deeper understanding of audio, video, theatrical lighting and technical systems for Daly-Standlee, while Acoustics By Design gains expertise in environmental noise and vibrations from Daly-Standlee.

“The merger with Acoustics By Design provides a nice complement of services for our clients,” said Kerrie Standlee, president, Daly-Standlee & Associates. “Long-standing Daly-Standlee clients, as well as future clients, will see a firm with much broader capability and expertise.”

Acoustics By Design

Acoustics By Design was founded in 1962.

The firm serves clients in Michigan, California, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

The company is based at 124 Fulton St. E.


Daly-Standlee & Associates opened in 1988.

The firm has worked on projects ranging from residential to musical venue design to nuclear power plants and rock-crushing facilities.

It also offers environmental noise studies for freeways, airports and rail operations.

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