When looking to create a new home for their highly regarded Media School, Indiana University looked to designers at Gund Partnership and VPS Architecture to transform an aging, outdated study center from 1908 into a vibrant locale for students and faculty alike. Acentech was selected by the architect to provide audiovisual and acoustics consulting for the project.
When designing a facility intended to usher students into the world of media production, one needs the most state-of-the-art, flexible spaces to prepare them for such a fast-paced, technology-driven career. From active learning classrooms to video production suites to a re-configurable film studio, the IU Bloomington media school will certainly produce graduates with extensive knowledge of what creates and drives 21st-century information distribution. One key consideration throughout this project centered around the blending of two worlds: the high tech needs of this educational program and the historic integrity of the building itself. Acentech assisted in upgrades to mechanical system noise control design to improve ventilation throughout the facility now housing a large amount of equipment known for radiating heat. Quieter classrooms, robust sound isolation for film studios and editing suites, and reverberation control in a multi-story atrium were all integral to keeping this new facility as flexible as possible.
Now with access to state-of-the-art tools and an ideal space to use them, students at Indiana University can look forward to learning about media in an environment as fast-paced as the industry itself.