What to Expect

Because we know this is new to you, we have detailed some of the things you can expect.

  • Design Phase +

    All visits will be coordinated by previously scheduled appointments, made by telephone and/or in writing. All Acoustical Treatment Program representatives will present identification upon request.

    The Architectural/Electrical Survey will take about 2-4 hours, and consists of measuring all doors, windows, room sizes, etc. to develop architectural drawings of the home. In addition, the architect will also survey current insulation, electrical service capacity and attic venting. We may need to install an air conditioning system. This will be decided on a case by case basis and will be dependent on FAA funding.

    During the architectural survey, the architect will verify that no building code violations exist. The architect will inform you of any violations, and you will be responsible for correcting them before continuing in the Program. Typical violations may include such items as a lack of heat or a stairway with broken steps. All homes must meet building code if the home is to be included in the program. Your home will be videotaped and/or photographed during this appointment. The video and/or photographs will be used solely for the purpose of recording the pre-construction condition of your home as well as the design and bidding process.

    The Product Selection meeting will take place with a representative from Wyle. The meeting should last approximately 1-2 hours. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss window and door options as well as determine any unique features that may need to be addressed for Acoustical Treatment purposes. 

  • Construction +

    All of the RATP contracts require the contractors to be insured, licensed, and bonded.

    In the Construction Agreement, it states that you are responsible for removing window coverings. The airport will provide an insured moving service to move your furniture, and a storage pod. The homeowner must pack all small items in boxes for moving. If the contractor arrives on the scheduled day, and you have failed to clear the work area sufficiently, your work could be delayed. We will hold a "How to Prepare Your Home for Construction Meeting" approximately 6 weeks prior to the start of construction.

    The contractors will cover your floors with drops cloths; however these coverings will be removed at the end of each day. If you are worried about protection of furniture or electronic equipment, please cover these items during the time of construction. You should remove and protect any china, glassware, or valuables to avoid the risk of damage. We strongly recommend that you protect stereo equipment, televisions, computers, and any other electronics that may be sensitive to dust.

    Construction in any home is extremely disruptive, and can, at times, get very messy. As part of the Acoustical Treatment Program, we try to take whatever measures necessary to minimize the disruption and mess. The contractors who will work in your home are required to keep all areas free and clear of debris, to use dropcloths, and to clean the work area at the end of each day. During what will seem to be a period of disorder, we will need your patience and cooperation for the project to be successful. Past experience has shown that the lasting result of a quieter home more than compensates for this short-term disruption.

  • Time Frame +

    Because so many factors play a key role in the succession of steps between design and construction (assembling an approved bid package, coordinating the bidding process, and manufacturing the materials), it is very difficult to estimate when construction will take place. We will begin to estimate a time frame for construction after you have signed the Construction Agreement.

    The time period in which the contractors are allowed to be working on your home varies depending on several factors. You should plan on being under construction for four to five weeks. Refer to Step 8: Construction.

  • Possible Costs to Homeowner +

    All acoustical treatments are provided to you by Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport; however there may be incidental costs to the homeowner including, but not limited to the following list:

    • The homeowner is responsible for any costs associated with preparing your home for construction, including removal of exisiting window coverings.
    • Window and door trim will be reused whenever possible. If new wood trim is installed, it will be finish painted or stained.
    • The homeowner is responsible for any increased utility costs associated with any new mechanical work, which is installed as part of the Acoustical Treatment Program, such as an air cooling system.
    • The homeowner is responsible to pay for any insect extermination necessary, such as termite or carpenter ant infestation, should it be determined that its presence affects the ability to complete the sound modifications.
    • The homeowner is responsible for replacement or modification of decorative interior and exterior window treatments, shutters, awnings, etc. that do not fit newly installed windows. Also, keep in mind that although we install replacement windows, your blinds or shades may not fit in the new windows. Correcting this will be your responsibility, as it is not covered as a noise reduction item in the Program.
    • Replacement of doors and windows will require the disabling and reinstallation of existing alarm systems. Homeowners are required to contact their alarm company to have the system removed prior to the start of construction and reinstalled once work has been completed.
    • Homeowners may lose storage space in attics, closets and/or basements due to the installation of mechanical equipment and associated ductwork.
    • It is the homeowner's responsibility to pay for any associated maintenance costs of newly installed or existing mechanical and electrical units.
    • If there is a pre-existing condition or building code violation that must be repaired prior to construction, you will be notified in writing. The cost(s) of the required repairs are the responsibility of the Homeowner.
    • Homeowners are responsible for any change in the home's assessed value for tax purposes or otherwise that result from the receipt of Acoustical Treatment modifications under the Westfield-Barnes Airport Acoustical Treatment Program.
    • Homeowners are required to provide water and electricity to the Contractor for the sole purpose of performing the agreed upon acoustical treatment modifications covered under the Construction Agreement. Accordingly, the homeowners are responsible for any increase in utility bills for this period.

    There is a non-monetary cost to you and the people living in the home. As mentioned in “What to Expect during Construction”, there will be disruption of your regular activities. Please treat this disruption as one of the costs to you in exchange for the benefits of the Acoustical Treatment Program.

  • Products +

    We have numerous product samples at the Program office for homeowners to view. An appointment is not necessary, so please feel free to stop by the Program Office at your convenience.


    Acoustical Replacement Doors

    Homeowners may select from a variety of styles for the acoustical wood prime doors. The replacement wood prime doors are painted or stained to the owners preference.

    External Storm Doors

    You will receive an acoustical storm door with your new prime door. A variety of styles and colors are available.

    Sliding Glass Doors

    You will receive a new acoustical sliding door assembly to replace your existing sliding glass door. A very limited selection of colors are available.


    As part of the Acoustical Treatment package, the Program offers Combination Vinyl acoustical and non-acoustical windows. Acoustical Combination Vinyl windows are triple-pane windows configured in a dual-pane vinyl window and a single-pane aluminum storm window. Windows are available in white, beige or brown and with grille designs. Homeowners may choose from double-hung, slider, fixed or a variation of these styles. While the program has very specific requirements for the acoustical windows used in the program, appearance may vary depending upon the manufacturer.

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