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).

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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.

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Senior Hospital(ity): Acoustic and AV Design Across the Continuum of Care (HSW)

America’s Baby Boomers are entering retirement and many are starting to think about the next stage of their lives. Retirement communities and senior living facilities have seen a marked population increase in the past decade, and that trend is expected to continue. When planning a new facility for seniors, there are special technology and acoustic considerations — these aren’t your typical multi-family projects. In this session, we will discuss how new FGI guidelines apply to senior living facilities, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, and hospitals, as well as how to address the unique acoustics requirements of an aging population. We will also discuss how technology is being increasingly used as a method to aid in the delivery of patient care.

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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.

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.

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Audiovisual Systems in K-12 Facilities

Auditoria, gymnasia, classrooms, and other spaces in K-12 spaces require audiovisual systems. Learn about current technologies and the importance of maintaining continuity between systems throughout a facility. In addition, the session covers the convergence of AV and IT systems, and delves into how emerging AV technologies will influence teaching spaces in the future.

Worship Spaces Acoustic & Systems (HSW)

Whether it’s a historic landmark or a new structure, effective worship spaces can be “tuned” for speech, music, and now video usage. Learn how designs blending architectural acoustics considerations, sound systems, and multimedia systems together can enhance the environments and appeal of 21st-century worship spaces.

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Design and Planning for Sight and Sound Technologies

AV and IT technologies enhance the rooms people depend on for some of the most important conversations conducted in academic and professional environments. Learn how boardrooms, auditoria, classrooms, and videoconference facilities can function better with designs which harmonize the needs technology and aesthetics together. See examples where choices as simple as loudspeaker placement, screen size, sightlines, and IT considerations can turn ordinary gatherings into extraordinary experiences.

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Acoustic Challenges in Historic Theaters (HSW)

The presentation will focus on the practical lessons learned from two major historic renovation projects: Paramount Theater Center in Boston, and the New College Theater in Cambridge. Learn about challenges in designing for acoustic isolation between studios, performance spaces, a restaurant, and dormitories all packed into a dense, urban, and historic site at the Paramount Center, and strategies we used to overcome those challenges. We will also present lessons learned from the transformation of Harvard’s historic Hasty Pudding Theater into the New College Theater, where the design team totally reconstructed the theater and support spaces while retaining the building’s historic integrity.

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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.