Acentech provided acoustics, audiovisual and IT consulting services for the Boston University Law School tower renovation and the adjacent 100,000 SF, 5-story Sumner M. Redstone building addition. Acentech’s acoustical scope of services included mechanical systems noise and vibration control. Acentech was faced with vibration-isolation challenges due to a screw chiller and a low speed cooling tower that required the use of a non-traditional type of mount. Regular mounts would have been resonant to the vibration of the low speed equipment.
The audiovisual scope of services included state-of-the-art classrooms, courtrooms, auditorium, atrium, special presentation rooms, and multi-purpose dining, study and conference rooms with audio and video-conferencing capabilities. The audiovisual systems include a fiber-optic backbone which allows high quality video to be recorded and distributed throughout the building. An audiovisual control room provides support personnel with remote monitoring, camera and source control, and recording and capture control capabilities.
The larger classrooms within the building have the capability to be used for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). They are treated as broadcast studios controlled from a remote control room. Robotic cameras, display content, and audio in the classroom can be controlled by operators in the control room where the course can be archived (audio/video), edited and streamed at a later date or streamed live to the massive audience.
Acentech’s IT design scope included a high speed, Cat 6e 10Gigabit converged network, state-of-the-art infrastructure design, along with new service entrances, cut-over schedules, cable pull schedules and telecommunications rooms. The converged network systems include data, voice, audiovisual, security and building management systems. Acentech also coordinated a major upgrade to the existing Main Distribution Frame room.
The BU Law Tower included radio transmitters used by WBUR radio, Boston Police, and BU Police. Acentech assisted in providing coordination to ensure that the transmitters would remain active during construction.