AVHC01

Planning for the Future Seven Years Ago

On projects that span many years, coordination issues that impact the infrastructure, design, and various disciplines must be considered. This session presents a case study of a teaching hospital project, spanning seven years, with a focus on the evolution of the audiovisual system design. The course demonstrates the need for high levels of coordination to ensure the appropriate space planning and infrastructure are in place. This allows the audiovisual technology to change after construction is complete, without it appearing to have been an afterthought.

ACAVED01

Learning Together: Acoustics and Technology for Collaborative Environments

Collaborative learning is an approach to education that involves groups of students working together to solve a problem or complete a task. The advantages of social learning include the ability to leverage resources, diversity of minds, and compounded brainpower. Using case studies, we will demonstrate solutions to address the design challenges of collaborative learning environments, including incorporation of modular spaces, computer supported learning, and minimizing sound transfer between groups of students.

ITGN12

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.

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.

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.

ITHC02

Information Technology in Healthcare: An overview of recent changes to Design Standards and Guidelines (HSW)

For many years generic design standards and guidelines have been available to assist architects and engineers incorporate information technology infrastructure into the building design process. Recently, a number of new design standards have emerged that provide detailed guidelines for specific building types such as higher education, K-12 schools, and healthcare facilities. This presentation reviews the ANSI/TIA 1179 Healthcare Infrastructure Standard that was ratified in August of this year and its affect on the design of healthcare facilities. This presentation will also review how trends in technology and converged networking are changing building design, the need for technology support spaces and the demand for traditional wired data outlets.

ACGN42

Music Venues in Found Spaces (HSW)

In older cities like Boston, many of the new performance venues are retrofits of existing buildings. Such buildings’ proportions and construction materials, standard for their own times and appropriate for their originally intended uses, may be limitations or features for contemporary performance facilities. This presentation will discuss the acoustical challenges and consideration when retrofitting an existing space for music performance or rehearsal.

HIPAA & GLBA – Consumer Privacy Laws

Those working in Healthcare know the importance of HIPPA & GLBA and their impact on privacy protection for patients in America. The first of these laws became effective in April, 2003. Consumers have already filed thousands upon thousands of complaints with federal government agencies regarding violations to these standards. One of the top 3 concerns is “overheard conversations,” prompting healthcare and financial services organizations to seek privacy solutions that can be retrofitted or included in new construction. This session covers the laws, their impact on architects, and proven solutions that can be implemented quickly and inexpensively.

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.