David L. Adams founded DLAA | D.L. Adams Associates provides consulting and design services in acoustics, Theatre Design, AV and IT/telecommunications, with offices located in Denver, CO and Kailua, HI.
Mr. Adams founded  D. L. Adams Associates in 1979.

Mr. Adams has more than 45 years of experience in the acoustical consulting field.  He founded D. L. Adams Associates in 1979.  Under his leadership, DLAA has become the pre-eminent Acoustical consulting organization in the United States, with over 7,500 projects on six continents to its credit.

As President of the firm, and an acoustician, David Adams has full responsibility in all areas of acoustical and theatre consulting and design.   Includes the acoustical design of rooms, sound isolation design, mechanical system noise, and vibration control engineering, environmental noise assessment and abatement, performance rigging and lighting systems design, orchestra shell design, stage machinery, and equipment design, and field measurements and testing.

Mr. Adams’ experience includes the designs for amphitheaters, theatres, concert halls, black box theatres, performing arts centers, arenas, conference centers, airports, and multiple other public and private spaces.



Architectural Acoustics for Education ▪ Corporate ▪ Healthcare ▪ Hospitality ▪ Multi-family ▪ High Rise ▪ Performing Arts ▪ Cultural ▪ Government ▪ Civic


Theatre and Concert Hall Programming, Planning and Design ▪ Theatre Equipment Programming and Design ▪ Performance System Design ▪ Theater Performance Equipment Design ▪ Stage Equipment Design ▪ Performance Lighting Design ▪ Performance Rigging Design

Project Experience                                                                                                           

  • Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Amphitheatre Arvada, CO
  • Breckenridge Airport Environmental Noise Assessment Breckenridge, CO
  • Broadmoor Hotel Exhibit Hall Colorado Springs, CO
  • Colorado Rifle Range Adams County, CO
  • Denver Police Indoor Pistol Range Denver, CO
  • Harbor Court (Condos, Hotel and Office Tower) Honolulu, HI
  • HECO Archer 38kV Substation Honolulu, HI
  • Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company Van Nuys, CA
  • Keelung Social Education Center Keelung, Taiwan, R.O.C.
  • Keystone Conference Center Keystone, CO
  • Naval Hospital Co-Generation Plant Agana, Guam
  • Pagosa Lakes Shooting Range Pagosa Springs, CO
  • Peabody Auditorium Renovation Daytona Beach, FL
  • Pearl City Cultural Center Oahu, HI
  • Port Allen Airport Noise Measurements Port Allen, Kauai, HI
  • Public Service Company of Colorado (Petitioner) to Public Utilities Commission
  • Stapleton Noise Insulation Program (SNIP) Denver, CO
  • Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Hall Wehfung, Taiwan, R.O.C.
  • S. Coast Guard Relocation (Barbers Point to Honolulu International Airport) Environmental Noise Assessment Honolulu, HI


  • M.S., in Electrical Engineering, Wichita State University Wichita, KS
  • B.S., in Electrical Engineering, University of Kansas
  • Lawrence, KS
  • Post Graduate Studies in Neurology and Neuroanatomy Institute of Logopedics,
  • Wichita, KS


  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Hawaii


  • Acoustical Society of America (ASA) – Fellow
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • Audio Engineering Society   (AES)
  • American Council of  Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  • Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE)
  • National Council of Acoustical Consultants (NCAC) President (1990-1992)
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)




Audio Visual Design

Performing Arts Centers ▪ Event space ▪ Conference Centers ▪ Conference Rooms ▪ Hotels ▪ Meeting Spaces ▪ Ballrooms ▪ Assembly halls ▪ Auditoriums ▪ Stadiums ▪ Theaters ▪ Concert Halls ▪ Arenas ▪ Amphitheaters ▪ Hospitals ▪ Medical Facilities ▪ Courtrooms ▪ Jury Rooms ▪ Classrooms ▪ Lecture Halls.

Audio Visual Systems Design

Audio Reinforcement ▪ Visual Messaging ▪ Assistive Listening ▪ Video Projection ▪ Video Conferencing ▪ Whole-Building Control Systems ▪ Distance Learning ▪ Telemedicine Systems

Audio Visual Evaluations and Surveys

Noise and Vibration Surveys ▪ Noise & Vibration Monitoring ▪ Planning and Noise ▪ Noise Impact Assessments ▪ Pre-construction Noise/Vibration Assessments ▪ Sound Testing ▪ Sound Insulation Investigations ▪ Noise at Work Assessments ▪ Smart Noise Control ▪ Construction Management Noise Mitigation Plan


Intercom, and Voice Paging System Design ▪ Public Announcement (PA) Systems ▪ Structured Cabling ▪ Wireless Networks Design ▪ Video Surveillance Systems ▪ Master Clock Systems ▪ CATV Distribution System

DLAA provides Expert Witness Testimony