SIMS Construction is Complete at Valley Christian Center
Valley Christian Center has been an integral part of the community for more than 90 years, providing food boxes to those in need, hosting youth reading programs, senior citizen programs, and computer training for seniors and youth. Now that Sound Insulation and Mitigation Services (SIMS) construction is complete, these valuable classes and activities can be enjoyed with less distraction from aircraft noise. Valley Christian Center is located at 13th Avenue and Hadley Street, west of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and inside the airport’s noise contours.
Sound-mitigation construction took place in the Center’s two buildings. The majority of the work took place in April and May 2012, followed by window and door replacement in July 2012. The east building received sound-reducing exterior doors, sound-reducing windows, new gypsum board ceiling, new exterior siding, new lighting and a new ductless air conditioning unit. The west building, where the center’s main entrance and administrative offices are located, received sound-reducing windows, exterior doors and acoustical ceiling tiles in the hallway, a new secondary ceiling, and new lighting and ceiling fans.
Because Valley Christian Center is a year-round facility, SIMS staff and Center administrators developed a construction plan that minimized disruption to Center activities by conducting the majority of construction on weekends.
The modifications have significantly reduced aircraft noise inside both of the buildings. In technical terms, the SIMS Program reduced internal noise levels by at least five decibels. In non-technical terms, a reduction of five decibels is the difference between conversational background noise in a busy restaurant and a quiet conversation at home – making a positive difference to the clients and community members served at VCC.
“We were very happy to be able to work with Valley Christian Center to enhance the services that they offer to the community,” said SIMS Program Manager Mary Beth Thompson. “We are committed to ensuring that our projects are successful through excellent communication and coordination.”
Sky Harbor pays for SIMS through Airport-generated funds and at times, the program is funded by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants.