February 22, 2015 | Written by: Steve Adams | Featuring: Jeffrey Fullerton | Original Publication: Banker & Tradesman

The Noisy Debate Over Open Offices

With intimate views of I-93 ramps, commuter rail switchyards and the Boston Sand & Gravel plant, the $125-million headquarters of EF Education First at first looks like a prime candidate for noise-abating building designs. But consultants designing the 300,000-square-foot East Cambridge office building placed as much emphasis on shielding employees from their colleagues’ chatter as they did damping down the roar of traffic a few feet from their windows. Loudspeakers pipe a steady soundtrack of white noise throughout the offices, providing a waterfall-like backdrop that masks the sound of co-workers’ voices.



Boston / HQ

33 Moulton Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

617 499 8000

Los Angeles Office

601 South Figueroa Street #4050
Los Angeles, CA 90017

213 330 4237

Philadelphia Office

8 Interplex Drive, Suite 218
Trevose, PA 19053

215 245 8244

Charlottesville Office

2150 Wise St #4875
Charlottesville, VA 22905

434 218 0759

NYC Office

250 West Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013

617 499 8001

Acentech is an employee-owned company, majority-owned by its employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).