What Types of Workplaces Benefit Most from Sound Masking?
Sound is easily transmitted throughout open-plan offices, given that there are no doors or walls to block propagation.
Because of this, conversations between colleagues or talking on the phone can be clearly heard by everyone across the office floor, which makes it difficult for workers both nearby and further away to get into flow and concentrate on their tasks.
Reducing the Radius of Distraction
Sound masking improves the acoustic comfort level of open-plan offices by reducing the distraction radius by a great deal. Hence, workers get significantly less distracted by conversations, and any other incidental sound for that matter, happening within a radius of 15 to 40 feet from where a sound masking loudspeaker is located.
Enclosed Private Offices
Significant Layout cost reduction
In closed offices where private conversations are typically meant to be kept that way, Soft dB sound masking eliminates or reduces the need for plenum barriers, insulation and extra drywall layers. With our system, office construction and soundproofing costs can be reduced by up to $3 per square foot, while still achieving proper speech privacy and confidentiality.
Sound masking improves speech privacy and confidentiality between offices separated only by modular partitions. It significantly improves the acoustical performance of movable walls without compromising their core virtues, flexibility and aesthetics.
In an activity-based working environment, everyone doesn’t necessarily have their own desk. On any given day, employees can choose a place in the office where it’s most suitable for them to complete specific tasks, ranging from intense and focused work to team collaboration to formal meetings or impromptu one-on-ones.
In such highly flexible working environment, no two days are alike. The office space’s soundscape tends to vary a great deal, from buzzing and distracting to pin-drop silent and fairly tense, based on the ever-changing levels of activity and occupancy.
Drown out Noisy Distractions and Even out the Quiet
At busier times, our sound masking output signal seamlessly blends in the relatively high office background noise level, while continuously adjusting itself to noisier spikes, mostly arising from loud conversations or verbal communication in general, and quieter lows. Simply put, the sound masking volume automatically increases as the office gets busier, and decreases as it becomes calmer. So employees consistently experience the same optimal level of sonic comfort and intimacy no matter how busy or quiet their work area gets.
At quieter times, when workspace activity or occupancy levels are at their lowest, our sound masking system will subtly increase the background noise level just enough to drown out distracting sounds stealing the employee’s focus, without this little extra background noise becoming a source of distraction in itself. What’s more, sound masking also helps ensure that any private conversation carried amid the otherwise quiet workspace remains confidential and unintelligible to other employees.
Our Sound Masking Projects Around the World
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
New York, NY
Salesforce – Salesforce Tower NYC
New York, NY
U.S. Department of the Interior
Ernst & Young (EY) Hoboken Office and Learning Center
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Blue Bell, PA
Dentons Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP – TD North Tower
Public Service Canada/HRSDC
Vaughan Civic Center
Accenture’s Offices in Barangaroo International House
Westpac Bank Headquarters
Commonwealth Bank – Darling Square
International Towers Sydney in Barangaroo
SWISS RE’s offices at 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)
PSP Investments – IBM Marathon Tower
BCG (Boston Consulting Group) – Le 1000
RBC Banque Royale du Canada – Place Ville Marie
Desjardins – Bell Media Tower
Revenu Québec – Complexe Desjardins
La Capitale Head Office
Quebec City, QC
These Industry Leaders Achieved Superior Workspace Acoustics With Our Sound Masking System
Southern Graphic Systems
St-Francis Alliance Health care
St. Josephs Hospital
Universal Hospital Services
Bristol Myers Squibb
Bank of Canada
Desjardins Credit Union
Énergir (Gaz Métro)
Government of Canada
National Bank of Canada
Royal Bank of Canada
SSQ Insurance Group
Global Asset Management
Marks & Spencer
RPC Reynolds Porter Chamberlain
University of Cambridge
Daewoo Securities, Korea
Korea Telecom Facilities
Gaz de France
Smith & Nephew
Ernst & Young
Bain & Co
McInnes Wilson Lawyers
WA Treasury Department
Standard & Poors
What Clients Think of Our Sound Masking System
“The work environment is very silent; quieter. At the end of the day, employees are less tired. They don’t feel the time going by because they are less disturbed and more concentrated”
Director – Billing and Enrolment
SSQ Financial Group
“Sound masking was installed following the redevelopment of our office spaces. We had opted for moveable walls, and we wanted to improve the sound quality between the spaces. We immediately noticed a more mellow effect across the open areas and good privacy in our closed offices; this was despite all the conversations and the level of activity that takes place there. We were pleasantly surprised! ”
Senior Manager, Facilities & Administrative Services
‘’The SoftdB product and installation plan met our challenging space requirements. I am very pleased with how the sound masking system is working, as it is making a positive impact on the quality of our work environment.’’
Northwest Area Foundation