Modern offices are aesthetically beautiful.
They tend to have minimal, contemporary designs. Many of the workspaces are open concept for easy collaboration and connection to co-workers. Often, they include additional touches envisioned to help employees refer to their workplace as “the best place to work.”
But what impact do these enhancements have on sound and speech privacy?
Open work spaces come with many distractions: conversations among co-workers, phones ringing, printers, even outdoor noises. Our ability to perform at top levels is tied to our ability to focus, and distractions take our focus from our work and directs it elsewhere. In addition to productivity concerns there may also be confidentially issues.
What is sound masking? A sound masking system emits low-level, nondistracting masking noise designed to reduce speech intelligibility and thereby improve speech privacy.
Gaining speech privacy through sound masking allows you to reduce distractions in a workspace by harnessing background noise levels to mask sounds.
Think of it this way, instead of erecting walls and other partitions to reduce noise volume and protect sensitive conversations you can install speakers. And, on a square foot basis, adding masking to a space is typically more cost-effective than traditional structural methods to
Benefits of speech privacy through sound masking:
- Sound masking helps protect speech privacy by being tuned to the same frequency as human speech. At a distance, while you can still hear someone talking, you won’t be able to understand what they’re saying.
- Keeping private information confidential is paramount. Speech privacy measures can help ensure that you remain compliant with laws and regulations such as HIPAA.
- It’s a scalable solution that can provide results from small office environments all the way up to large enterprise buildings.
Capital Electric partners with AtlasIED, the foremost sound masking and speech privacy experts in the industry, to provide solutions that are effective in spaces of all types: open concept (drop, open and cloud ceilings), private offices, reception areas and corridors or hallways.
Our consultations include:
- Fast designs and proposals
- Accurate budgets provided quickly
- Multiple solution options to match your space
- Complete as-builts delivered for every project
- Factory trained designers
- Local support and national recognition
Contact the team at Capital for help designing a sound masking system for your next project.
SOUND MASKING WORKS >>
We recently worked with a large company which had moved into office space that was about 40 thousand square feet. It was open concept, old industrial space with high ceilings and brick exterior walls. Private offices, meeting rooms, kitchens and restrooms were around the exterior walls; most of the space was open and filled with low-walled workstations. This configuration was noisy and distracting for its employees. A very common report in many open concept environments.
The previous tenant left in place overhead paging speakers. So, our customer decided to re-use the existing speakers as a sound masking system that would make the space more comfortable to
They had a noise generator and amplifier installed and they were all set. Or so they thought. The problem was that the existing speakers were all pointing down into the workspace. In theory, this may be fine for an occasional overhead page. In practice, it’s not good for a continuous stream of pink noise, especially for those with workstations directly beneath the speakers. As a result, they unplugged that system in less than two weeks’ time.
What they quickly learned through this process is that a properly installed system will generally point the speakers upwards toward the deck so the sound disperses evenly, flooding the space with no hot spots. Eventually, our customer moved into a similarly arranged space with a properly installed and tuned sound masking system. They are extremely pleased with the results.
As a matter of fact, when the sound masking system was accidentally turned off, many people complained about all the distractions they heard.