Temple University’s Fox School of Business has a brand-new home that is as innovative as its programs. Alter Hall is a $80 million, 217,000 SF building with 8 floors. Designed by world-renowned architect Michael Graves in collaboration with Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates, the facility was built with the future of business and management in mind. From a trading room/business simulation center to one of the longest stock tickers in the United States, Alter Hall is so much more than a collection of classrooms and offices. Acentech was asked to provide the audiovisual and IT design for the entire project.
Acentech’s AV system model for Alter Hall had to accommodate its 280-seat auditorium, 17 case study rooms, capital markets rooms, classrooms, conference rooms, two specialized computer labs, a 4,200 SF student lounge, and a 3,600 SF graduate commons. Digital signage, interactive kiosk, rich media, multi-screen display, wireless networking, video walls, and a sound system serving the atrium were also included. The actual installation of these interconnected features for Alter Hall totaled $4.6 million.
Acentech’s information technology design included the addition of data closets and cable pathways, as well as expansion of the School’s existing data infrastructure to serve the entire new building and the renovated existing building. (So… they built a new building but also had an existing building? Is it all now Alter Hall? What did we do for renovations?)
Acentech’s audiovisual designs for Alter Hall won a Pro AV’s Spotlight Award for Best Education AV Project.
“The Fox School’s new technology-rich building will facilitate teaching, learning and collaboration, and simulate a 21st century business environment. We are particularly proud of the ubiquity and transparency of the audiovisual systems installed. Acentech provided invaluable technological and audiovisual advice and expertise in planning and executing the design of our new state-of-the-art business school building.” —John DeAngelo, Associate Dean, Temple University, Fox School of Business and Management