New Acoustical Engineering Services Reduce Negative Impacts from Noise

Press Release Summary:

  • Offers complimentary service to their multidiscipline portfolio and improved value to clients
  • Provides acoustics design consulting from conception and planning through design, construction and testing
  • Support special requirements regarding privacy and acoustic performance for residential, healthcare and educational facilities

Original Press Release:

Coffman Engineers Adds Acoustical Services to Multidiscipline Portfolio

Senior Acoustics Consultant, Christopher Barnobi, to lead new department

Oakland, Calif., May 15, 2019 ( - ​​Coffman Engineers, Inc. (Coffman), a national multidiscipline engineering firm, announced today the addition of acoustical engineering services to their service offerings. Adding acoustics allows Coffman to offer a complimentary service to their multidiscipline portfolio and greater value to clients. In April, Coffman welcomed senior acoustics consultant, Christopher Barnobi to start and lead the new department.

Coffman’s new acoustical engineering department will offer acoustics design consulting from conception and planning through design, construction, and testing. This critical service can enhance a built environment or reduce negative impacts from noise. Immediate applications of this service involve noise studies to support the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), noise control for mechanical systems, OHSA hearing conservation surveys, and assurance that building partitions meet International Building Code sound isolation standards. Coffman is also prepared to support the special needs and requirements regarding privacy and acoustic performance for residential, healthcare, and educational facilities.

“Offering acoustical engineering services adds value to our other well-established services and fills a need for some clients who have been asking for this service,” said Jeff Weber, Vice President, General Manager of the Bay Area office. “We are fortunate to have Christopher Barnobi join the Coffman team to champion this new service.”

Through Christopher’s leadership, Coffman will develop this service in the Bay Area office and provide support to develop the discipline in other offices. 

Christopher is an experienced acoustical consultant and worked in various industries including energy, transportation, development, and education from coast to coast. His recent projects have included detailed noise studies for a wind turbine installation in San Diego, energy projects involving solar installations and oil and gas facilities, and transportation (auto and aircraft) noise studies to assess land use compatibility for noise sensitive residential, recreational areas, and school developments.

“Ever since a high school visit to the Sydney Opera House, I have been passionate about the study of sound and acoustics. I look forward to supporting the development of this new discipline at Coffman and providing this valuable service to clients,” said Christopher.

About Coffman Engineers

Coffman Engineers is celebrating 40 years of providing clients with multidiscipline engineering solutions. Our services include civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, commissioning, process piping, instrumentation and controls, corrosion control, alternative and renewable energy, and land surveying.  Coffman’s 500 employees serve clients across the U.S. and overseas from offices in Anchorage, Alaska; Atlanta, Georgia; Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego, California; Bozeman, Montana; Charleston, South Carolina; Fulton, Maryland; Hagatna, Guam; Honolulu, Hawaii; Hood River, Oregon; Burlington, Seattle, and Spokane, Washington. For firm information, visit or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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Jeff Weber

Bay Area General Manager



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