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Are you an architect, engineer, interior designer, or other professional involved in the construction or renovation of a commercial building? Installing a Soft dB Sound Masking System along with an Emergency Warning and Paging System can help your clients comply with industry standards and keep their employees safe, informed, and productive. Get a quote today!

CEU Course Information
Building Systems Solutions offers a course for professionals to learn more about the technology of sound masking. To learn more about what this course covers, and if you are interested in attending Megan’s class, Understanding the technology of sound masking for every office space, please visit this link to sign up:

Here are some common answers to common questions that architects and other design professionals ask our team at Building Systems Solutions:

What types of facilities can benefit from an emergency warning system?
  • Facilities that house many employees in a variety of spaces, such as mail rooms, warehouse spaces, manufacturing floors, and closed offices.
  • Facilities that may need to warn employees and guests of weather, fire, explosion, chemical, or medical emergency situations.
  • Facilities that belong to organizations that value employee safety and wish to keep them informed during emergencies.
What types of spaces can benefit from a sound masking system?
  • Spaces that are open-concept, with low or no cubicle partitions.
  • Facilities that utilize reflective materials, such glass and other hard surfaces in many of their interior design elements.
  • Spaces that house many employees.
  • Spaces that handle sensitive or confidential information, such as those in the health, legal, and financial industries.
  • Spaces that belong to organizations that value worker productivity and occupational health.
What are the safety benefits of installing or retrofitting an emergency warning system?
  • Emergency warning systems are an essential part of any safety policy and procedure. Studies show an emergency warning system that incorporates verbal instruction is more effective than a system that uses sirens or alarms alone.
  • Emergency warning systems ensure that all of the occupants in your building will receive clear evacuation or relocation instructions in the event of an emergency.
  • Pairing a sound masking system with your emergency warning system will ensure that all of your emergency messages will be heard easily and clearly by all occupants in your building.

Installing or retrofitting an emergency warning system is an easy process. Building Systems Solutions will design and install a customized system to meet your needs, taking into account the future or existing construction of your project. Contact us today to get started.

What are the productivity and privacy benefits of installing or retrofitting a sound masking system?
  • Sound masking systems adjust the level of ambient background noise so speech becomes less intelligible and distracting. Lowering the level of verbal distraction leads to increased productivity for all staff members.
  • For similar reasons, installing a sound masking system can also ensure confidential information remains private and not inadvertently broadcast throughout the space.
  • A sound masking system can be paired with an emergency warning and paging system so that all of your emergency messages are broadcast easily and clearly.

Installing or retrofitting a sound masking system is an easy process. Building Systems Solutions will design and install a customized system to meet your needs, taking into account the future or existing construction of your project. Give us a call to get started.

How does sound masking contribute to a green construction project?

According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the leading certifying body for LEED construction projects, the goal of green construction is to incorporate both environmental and employee well-being into the project. Sound masking systems help green designers fulfill Indoor Environmental Quality, a key area of LEED certification:

“The Indoor Environmental Quality category promotes strategies that improve indoor air, as well as those that provide access to natural daylight and views and improve acoustics.”

Sound masking systems improve the acoustical environment of your workspace, and allow for workplace designs that incorporate shorter cubes, open office space, and greater air flow and use of natural daylight, thus contributing to increased worker productivity and comfort. Contact us to get a quote.

Where can I get product specifications for Soft dB’s Sound Masking Systems?

You can find Soft dB product information on our Soft dB Products page. To request the spec sheets for our Soft dB system components, please contact us.

What is the process of adding an emergency warning and paging system or sound masking system to our facility?

Sound masking and emergency warning and paging systems can be easily incorporated into the design of any existing facility or any facility in the pre-construction or construction phase.

When you partner with Building Systems Solutions, we meet with you at your space and provide an on-site evaluation of your current system and facility usage. Next, we custom design a system based on your usage, budget, and schedule.

We design each system individually and can provide you with the specifications for all products listed in a design. If you wish to spec in our systems for a specific project please contact us.

Schedule a Demo

Since 2003, Building Systems Solutions has developed a large and growing customer base of clients in a diverse range of industries throughout the Twin Cities metro area. To schedule a demo at our office in Blaine, please give us a call at 763-502-1515, or fill out our contact form here.

Words From Satisified Customers

We have worked with BSS on several sound masking projects for our clients with successful results. The process begins with a well-designed layout and an accurate budget. That way the client knows exactly what they are getting and can adjust as needed. Their team is responsive and great to work with during the install process. After install BSS schedules a tutorial with the client on how to use their new sound masking system. Because BSS is a leader in product and design the client receives an intuitive system thus another satisfied client.

Heather Weerheim
Greiner Construction