To See, or Not to See? What You Should Know about Display Technologies

Flat panels, projection, or LED? Pixel pitch? Resolution? Choosing the right display for the specific application, and integrating it seamlessly into the surrounding architecture, has both gotten easier and more difficult. During this seminar we will discuss current and emerging display types including Laser Projection, OLED, and Fine Pitch LED, as well as look at the pros and cons of each. Additionally, we will take a brief look ahead to ultra-fine pitch technologies, such as “Microdots” and “AR” (augmented reality).

Work it Out: Fitness Centers in Mixed Use Buildings

This course is intended to help architects, engineers, and especially building owners understand the issues that can arise when trying to bring an active fitness facility into a mixed use building or development and how these issues can best be addressed. The session will include a discussion of the various types of fitness franchises and the acoustic concerns that come along with them (as well as how to deal with such concerns though architectural and managerial methods). We will also cover the basics on how sound propagates through a building, and discuss what features (in terms of building type and tenant location) to look for (or avoid) when planning for a new tenant or a new franchise location. This course will also include demonstrations and case studies of specific issues and the methods used to resolve them.

AVGN14

ANSI Standards for Audiovisual Design & Coordination

This lecture will detail the new ANSI standard 2M-2010 Standard Guide for Audiovisual Systems Design and Coordination. We will discuss how the new standard impacts the overall design process and what you can expect to see for deliverables in AV design systems and what to look for from AV contractors.

ITGN15

Audiovisual & Telecommunications Infrastructure: What You Need to Know

The course is designed to assist architects and design team members in assimilating the requirements for today’s AV and IT technologies into their projects, focusing at the planning stages. Topics covered include space planning for IT server and equipment rooms, AV control rooms, audiovisual equipment rooms, as well as infrastructure for supporting those systems. We will also review methodologies and best practices for integrating technology into specific spaces. During this portion we will discuss integrating things like video projectors, front (and rear) projection screens, video cameras, and loudspeakers into millwork enclosures and niches.

ACGN44

Office Speech Privacy: Design Vs. reality (with lessons learned in the field) (HSW)

Speech privacy is an important factor toward achieving productive workplaces. While the term ‘speech privacy’ can relate to the goal of confidentiality when having sensitive conversations, more frequently the topic is critical for creating conditions for staff to work productively with minimal distractions from the surrounding workplace activities. A discussion of the important factors that relate to effective speech privacy will be covered. Following this introduction, we will discuss how speech privacy is achieved in open and closed offices through appropriate design of workplace. We will also highlight lessons learned about the challenges to achieving speech privacy in newly constructed workspaces. This discussion will cover the important aspects of the office layouts (using either studs and drywall or modular panels), sound absorbing finishes and background sound.

ACGN14

Office Acoustics (HSW)

This session will focus on achieving speech privacy in both open and closed offices. The emphasis will be on practical design options: for open plan offices, we will discuss how specific workstation configurations can reduce unwanted noise and allow for speech privacy. For instance, ceiling finishes and sound masking systems work together to minimize audible distractions. For closed offices, the focus will be on walls and ceilings. So when does it make sense to run drywall to the deck, and when is it acceptable to stop 6” above the ceiling line? Find out by attending this presentation.

ACGN31

Controlling the Acoustics of Large Atriums (HSW)

This presentation will start by explaining how the programmed uses of an atrium space affect decisions about the acoustical design. For atriums where speech intelligibility is important, the design variables of interior volume (in cubic feet), selection of sound absorbing finish materials, and appropriate sound system technology will be discussed. (Note: this auralization is available by attending this seminar in Acentech’s Cambridge Office. There may be special circumstances that can allow this auralization to be conducted at alternate facilities; however, this needs to be discussed prior to confirming such an event.)

MISC03

Disaster Recovery Incident Command: Real World Tips, Tricks and Traps

This session will help firms prepare for and manage business interruptions by providing detailed, practical information on what to do when disaster strikes. Firms of all sizes, including solo practitioners, are encouraged to bring their plans for review and discussion. We’ll cover ways to increase the effectiveness of recovery plans and decrease the time required to become operational again. Learn how the nature of the event will influence your staff’s priorities and tips to substantially improve your firm’s ability to prepare for the unexpected.

NVGN18

A Vibration Primer for Architects

Vibrations in buildings are caused by many sources and may affect people and sensitive equipment. Learn what the jargon of vibration specifications and criteria means – how vibrations are described – and get some insight into how things vibrate and how vibration reductions can be achieved. Obtain an overview of vibration sources and check-list of design considerations.

NVGN01

Overview of Vibration Design Criteria in Laboratory and High-Tech Facilities

An introduction to the architectural issues related to such vibration-sensitive equipment as used for precision metrology, microbiology, and optical research. We will describe viable approaches for protecting such equipment from vibrations caused by ground motions, personnel activities, and machinery. Topics will include the concepts of favorable layouts, structures, and equipment isolation.