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Q&A with Ron Sauro, NWAA Labs
A former NASA engineer and scientist, Ron Sauro now heads up NWAA Labs, a Santa Clarita, Calif.?based lab for testing loudspeakers and materials for the audio industry....
"We wouldn't be here if it weren't for Stan," said Ron Sauro, president of NWAA Labs, Inc.
His company tests window insulation in a chamber of the former nuclear control room, one of the quietest places in the world, Sauro said.
Ron Sauro, the president of NWAA Labs, recently signed a four-year lease with the Satsop Development Park for his part of the reactor building.
At a height equal to 16 stories - several of them underground the reactor building is a somewhat dwarfed by the cooling towers but is an excellent place to conduct experiments of all kinds. Sauro company, NWAA Labs, tests the sound absorption and transmission properties of building materials such as windows, doors and acoustical materials used in wall structures, ceilings and floors. He also tests sound equipment such as speakers to see how they project sound. Sauro is presently creating another test room this one an anechoic chamber. Once that is complete, Sauro has plans for building his real reverberation sound lab while he continues to use the temporary proof of concept lab to test materials. The real lab will be 28 feet by 45 feet by 80 feet and be able to test curtain walls used as sound breaks in skyscrapers. Contact information: Ron Sauro: email@example.com; http://www.nwaalabs.com/
For 20 years Ron Sauro, 64, president of NWAA Labs, has had his eye on the facility, knowing there literally wasn't another place like it in the world - a nuclear power plant that had never been used but was nearly complete.
When others drive to Aberdeen or the ocean beaches on Highway 12, the iconic cooling towers near Elma are often looked at as a curiosity. But, as a former rocket scientist, all Sauro could envision when he saw them was potential, promise - even a kind of scientific paradise. After several inquiries over the years, finally the timing was right. The reactor building was out of "mothballs" and available at the same time Sauro's lease was up at an acoustical lab in California. So, Sauro recently signed a four-year lease with the Satsop Business Park for his little piece of the reactor building. At a height equal to "just" 16 stories - many of them underground - the reactor building at 400,000 square feet is a bit dwarfed by the mammoth twin cooling towers, which are each as tall as the Space Needle. It is the perfect place to conduct experiments of all kinds. "This is a one-of-a-kind place," said Sauro, whose wife, Bonita Jay, assists him with his work. "What we wanted was stability from all outside elements including temperature, humidity and noise," Sauro said. All in all it's a perfect "controlled environment" to conduct experiments and measurements - and one that would have cost millions to build, he points out. (In fact, the concrete work alone for the building did cost $440 million and that didn't include the design and engineering costs.) Sauro's company, NWAA Labs Inc., tests the sound absorption and transmission properties of building materials such as windows, doors and acoustical materials used in wall structures, ceilings and floors, cubicles and even materials used on rockets. He also tests sound equipment such as speakers to see how they project sound. Inside the reactor building, Sauro has created a temporary "proof of concept" two-room acoustical reverberation and transmission-loss suite that's the largest in the world.
Ron Sauro's acoutic testing lab is nestled deep inside the abandoned Satsop nuclear plant near Elma, Washington.
Ron Sauro's acoutic testing lab is nestled deep inside the abandoned Satsop nuclear plant near Elma, Washington. Audio engineer Ron Sauro saw nothing but possibilities when he caught sight of the twin cooling towers looming over the forest near Elma, Washington. Sauro and his wife, Bonnie, run NWAA Labs, a small acoustic testing business. They were looking for a place with splendid isolation to open a state-of-the-art acoustic testing lab. "When we normally build these kinds of laboratories, we usually build them underground or in the side of a mountain in order to be able to stabilize their environment," he says, adding that the Satsop nuclear project site is a much cheaper alternative. But it's a perfect setup for Sauro. Three meters worth of concrete walls stand between his lab and the outside. It was originally meant to contain nuclear radiation, though no reactor fuel was ever brought to the uncompleted power plant. NWAA Labs president Ron Sauro shows off his reverberation room, which is located in an abandoned nuclear plant. NWAA Labs president Ron Sauro shows off his reverberation room, which is located in an abandoned nuclear plant.