New York University Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, The United Arab Emirates

Property owner

New York University

Main contractor

Al Futtaim Carillion


Raphael Vinoly Architects

Acoustic consultant

Shen Milsom Wilke

Structural engineer



3 auditoria

Building type


Intervention level


CDM installed approximately 2000m² of CDM-QDECK to guarantee optimal sound quality in the new Arts Center of NYU Abu Dhabi.

The New York University Abu Dhabi campus on Saddiyat Island has 117,000 m² of academic space, 142,000 m² of housing for students and staff, 34,000 m² of car parking and 8,200 m² of specialist research areas.

One of the buildings on the campus is the Arts building which contains a state-of-the-art Auditorium, a Black Box Theatre and a Recital Hall. The Acoustic Consultant specified that all three of these performance spaces should have 150mm thick concrete floating floors on a 100mm void with a system natural frequency of <10Hz. The CDM-QDECK system was used which was designed to take perimeter wall loads of over 100kN/m.

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