Case Study: Littler Mendelson (Sound Masking) – San Francisco, CA; Melville, NY; Walnut Creek, CA; Washington, D.C.
Global labor law practice installs sound masking to improve privacy and reduce distractions
Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,000 attorneys in over 70 offices worldwide. They are consistently recognized in their industry as a leading and innovative law practice.
The floor plan and acoustics in some offices caused a concern about distractions that could be caused by conversations between associates, and the possibility of confidential conversations being overheard. Littler turned to Gensler architects for advice, who recommended Cambridge Sound Management’s QT sound masking and speech-privacy system. And when Littler asked Cambridge Sound Management to recommend an authorized dealer with national capabilities, they recommended Connectivity Point.
Cambridge Sound Management’s system involves small 3” diameter speakers (called emitters) to be installed in the ceiling facing downward into the occupied spaces. An engineered noise like rushing air is generated by a controller and then emitted throughout the office space. Typically, this is a more cost-effective solution than options such as adding insulation or soundproofing, new modular furniture, or building walls.
Working in partnership with Cambridge Sound Management designers, Connectivity Point developed a solution appropriate to the work environment of each office. This included considering various ceiling types requiring unique mounting methods, conference rooms that required individual volume controls, and installing the emitters in specific zones to enable zoned volume control.
Connectivity Point installed sound masking systems in Littler offices in San Francisco, CA; Melville, NY; Walnut Creek, CA; and Washington, D.C. Installations were a combination of retrofit, remodel and brand new spaces ranging from a small regional office of 2,500 sq. ft. to 38,000 sq. ft. of Class A office space. In all cases, Connectivity Point coordinated the installation with the construction schedule and the local office representative. In the case of occupied offices, much of the work was performed after hours. The end result was an increase privacy and reduction of distractions within the offices. Connectivity Point is proud to have been selected by Littler and serve in enhancing the quality of their sensitive environment.