City of Phoenix Aviation Department

Phoenix Day School

The City of Phoenix Aviation Department (City) hired Jones Payne to sound insulate Phoenix Day – as part of the City’s Sound Insulation Mitigation Services (SIMS) program. The City created SIMS to reduce noise inside non-residential buildings located in a designated noise boundary near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Jones Payne worked closely with the City and a team of engineers, acoustical consultants and construction contractors, providing comprehensive design and construction administrative services.

Phoenix Day is a single-story building that serves as an early childhood education facility, providing day care, a pre-kindergarten day school, as well as after-school and summer youth programs for the community. The building, built in 1956, houses 10 classrooms along with student gathering spaces, a library, and offices. The building has multiple additions to the original structure, the most recent, a commercial kitchen, was built in 2003.

Prior to SIMS implementation, Jones Payne facilitated the feasibility study, which served as the organizational basis for the program. As lead consultant for the study, Jones Payne formulated the project approach including treatment options, schedules and budgets specific to each eligible site and building.


  • Established priority of treatment recommendations.
  • Met with building owners and community stakeholders to conduct architectural, mechanical, electrical, structural, and acoustical evaluations.
  • Hosted public outreach meetings with teachers, students and families to inform them of the project.
  • Mitigated a variety of challenges to include completing work during school vacations and managing work in occupied spaces.
  • Installed the following sound insulation materials:
    • New sound-reducing acoustical ceiling tiles.
    • Structural work to the ceiling in the west wing.
    • Balancing outdoor air intake to ensure proper ventilation.
    • New sound-reducing windows.
    • New sound-reducing exterior doors.


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