We are students doing a research on the Sound masking industry in the
US for our project in Europe. The aim of the research is to know
more about the sound masking industry, how it actually works. We are
in the middle of the research and we happened to come across this
newsgroup. I have a few questions which I would like to clarify about
the sound masking industry.
1)How is a typical office project organised in the US? If I am the
tenant/owner of the office, then do I hire a facility manager/property
manager to oversee its construction? Does the facility manager then
hire an acoustic consultant to see the acoustics of the office? Is it
any different in Canada?
2)How is the decision to go for sound masking systems actually taken?
Who decides which brand to choose?
3)If there is a public bidding process, how are the bidders invited,
does the Acoustic consulatant already pre-selects the brands and the
4)Who actually installs the sound masking system, can it be a General
electrical contractor or should it always be a A/V contractor.
5)What % of buildings are currently being build with the help of an
6) Does anyone have an idea of the exact costs required for sound
masking. On most of the sound masking websites we see the cost to be
typically around $1 per square foot. Is this correct. Does this take
into account other costs like wiring costs, installation costs, etc.
7) Is Internet used as a medium for buying sound masking products?
I appreciate your answering the questions and spending your valuable
time to do so.
Thank you very much.