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.

NVGN120

Controlling Cogen and Chiller Plant Noise & Vibration in Educational Settings (HSW)

Educational facility expansion projects often include installing new or upgrading existing chiller and cogeneration power equipment. The noise and vibration produced by chiller and power plants can become issues within adjacent building spaces and in the nearby community. To address these issues in a cost-effective manner, they should be evaluated early-on in the overall project design phase, and as indicated, be resolved with the project team. We will outline the evaluation process, highlight cost-effective mitigation measures, and discuss several representative projects.

 

 

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.)

ACED05

Acoustical Design Requirements for Today’s Green Schools (HSW)

To provide a better learning environment for students, acoustics is a critical component when designing a green and healthy school. The most common standards for green and high performing schools are CHPS and LEED for Schools. This session will review the LEED and CHPS requirements for room acoustics, sound isolation and background sound levels in classrooms. We will also provide some examples of more specialized learning spaces where acoustical designs should go beyond the LEED and CHPS requirements to provide the right learning environment for students.

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.

ACGN34

Auralizations: A Useful Tool in the Decision-Making Process (HSW)

Learn how an auralization, or 3DListening®, illustrates the sound quality of a room and demonstrates the acoustical difference among treatment options. See and hear examples where auralizations helped the client decide which treatments were appropriate for their budget and needs. Case studies will include the Museum of Fine Arts, a renovated natatorium at Brandeis University, and the Xielo Restaurant.

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.

ITGN18

BYOD and Understanding Wireless Networks

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been receiving a great deal of attention lately, with users from educators to corporate executives wanting to use their own laptops, tablets, smart phones, and other personal devices to collaborate and present material on the fly in the conference room or classroom. This seminar will focus on the particular wired and wireless network architectures required to support BYOD connectivity. Techniques to determine wireless propagation and provide sufficient bandwidth in the built environment and their implications to building design will be discussed and demonstrated.

ACAV09

Flipped Classrooms & Collaboration Spaces: An Acoustics and Technology Focus for Success

Flipped Classrooms and flexible collaboration spaces are of increasing importance in Higher Education and Corporate facilities. Their successful implementation are the result of many factors, including a well tuned acoustical environment and the availability of reliable technology users want to use. This presentation will focus on approaches and techniques required to create a successful acoustical environment with proper technology infrastructure. The presentation also includes a survey of current presentation technologies intended for these applications.