After a new Fraser Health community health centre opened in a renovated 5-story building in downtown Vancouver, it became evident that speech privacy and noise was an issue for patients and staff. Vibra-Sonic Control completed a retro-fit sound masking solution on three floors to facilitate patient/health care provider conversation confidentiality.
“The installation of sound masking at the Three Bridges Community Health Centre resulted in a dramatic improvement in acoustic performance. The system was successful in rendering speech unintelligible between clinical rooms at elevated speech volume levels. Thank you to Danielle and the Vibra Sonic team for providing a successful solution to our problem. You were helpful and professional every step of the way. ”
Curtis Bagan, BASC, PMP, LEED AP O+M
Senior Project Manager – Fraser Health
Location: Downtown Vancouver
Project: Addition of sound masking on floors 1, 3 and 4; ninety-four speakers over approximately 21,000 square feet of medical clinic.
Challenge: Conversations between health care practitioners and patients in clinical rooms was being overheard from neighbouring rooms and the corridor.
Solution: Sound masking was added to all clinical rooms, areas beside and near exam rooms, waiting rooms and corridors. Speech and noise were masked by raising the overall level of sound throughout the clinic in a controlled fashion, using a series of speakers that emit an unobtrusive, comfortable engineered sound. In this medical clinic application, sound masking reduced the distance at which conversations are intelligible.