Rich-media Room Technologies

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Rich-media Room Technologies

Technology and Room Design

Presented by

Ernest Schirmer, Director

Technology Consulting

Acentech, Inc.

Boston, Philadelphia, Thousand Oaks

Acoustics

Noise and Vibration

Environmental Noise

Structural Dynamics

Audio-Visual and Sound Systems

IT and Building Technology Infrastructure

Your Project. Our Expertise.


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Room Design Considerations


Technology in Room Design

Critical Success Factors

Appropriate Room Dimensions

Seating & Sightlines

Budget

Lighting

Acoustics

Noise and vibration control

Technology support space


Seating & Sightlines

Visual

Tiered seating or flat floor?

Can an AV soffit be incorporated?

Will slab penetrations for floor boxes be possible?

Aural

Can the above ceiling area accommodate large

ducts, specialized lighting, loudspeakers,

microphones, and sprinklers?

Can multiple microphones be employed?


Seating & Sightlines

Architectural

Will the desks be fixed or movable?

Will interior finishes be appropriate for video?

Codes

What about ADA access and hard-of-hearing

support?


Ideal Room Attributes

Quiet, well-isolated space

Few or no windows

Controllable lighting, preferably designed for video

High volume, low velocity HVAC

Gasketed doors or vestibules

Penetrable floor

Fixed desks or tables


Budget

What is the per room target budget?

1-12 $5,000 to $25,000

12-30 $10,000 to $70,000

30-90 $50,000 to $500,000


How Did You Get Those Budget Numbers?

Consumer VCR/DVD ($149)

Prosumer VCR/DVD ($499)

Commercial-grade ($299)

Professional-grade ($1,400)

Multi-Standard VCR ($2,000)

Broadcast-quality playback

VCR ($2,500)

Broadcast-quality record/playback

VCR ($4,000)

Broadcast-quality Digital VCR

($25,000+)


Smaller Rooms

1 participant

Flat-panel display

1 microphone if used for video

1-2 participants 3-4 participants

Typically not many video, audio, or acoustical issues


Medium-sized Rooms

4-6 participants

6-10 participants 8-12 participants

AV equipment and controls may be required

1 to 3 microphones if used for video

Some video and audio issues

Acoustical issues begin to appear


Larger Rooms

10-30 participants

AV controls required

3 to 12 microphones if used for video

Many video and audio issues

Acoustical issues are paramount


Large Group Rooms

30-60 participants

Courtesy Baker Design Group Inc.


Very Large Group Rooms

60-90 participants

Courtesy Ford Farewell Mills & Gatsch


Sight Line Analysis


Sight Line Analysis


Courtesy MIT Center for Advanced Educational Studies


STUDENT

INSTRUCTOR


Sight Line Analysis


STUDENT

INSTRUCTOR

TECHNICIAN


Sight Line Analysis


Design Coordination

Millwork

AV-equipped lecterns, desks, tables, & credenzas - FF&E or

special equipment?

Front wall millwork coordination - boards, screens,

loudspeakers, infrared emitters, cameras

Projection booth counters, windows, and ergonomics


59 Seats

37 Wired

Microphones

Add’l

Microphone

Jacks

4 Ceiling

4 Wireless

4 Wired

Panel

Microphones

Total of 53

Permanently installed

Microphones


Lights, Ceiling

Loudspeakers,

Microphones

Dual Projectors

Cameras

Portable Lectern

Dual Display Wall

Utility Niches for

Loudspeakers & ALS

Fixed Lectern w/ AV

Control and Source

Devices


Instructor’s Camera

Technician’s Booth

Instructor’s Confidence

Monitors

Computer Monitor,

Laptop, AV Control Panel

Power & Dimming

Panels, HVAC Closet

Fixed Lectern with

AV Equipment


Specialized Requirements


Specialized Requirements


Specialized Requirements


Acoustics

• “A” = Absorption: Reverberation Control

• “B” = Background: Building Systems Noise Control

• “C” = Construction: Sound Isolation


“A” = Absorption:

Reverberation Control Recommendations

Acoustical Ceiling

Soffits, Borders

Wall Surfaces

Floor, Furnishings


“B” = Background Sound:

Building Systems Noise Control Basics

Lights, Motors

GRDs

Fans, VAVs

Noise Intrusion


“C” = Construction:

Sound Isolation Suggestions

Ceiling Styles

Ductwork Soffits

Partition Types

Door Gasketing

Floor Upgrades


Lighting


Lighting for Video

Key

Back

Fill

Modeling


User Interface Design


Control Panel Design

User interface design is high on client’s list of concerns

Control system technology is now fully compatible with IT

network architecture

Control systems can now be operated remotely from anywhere


A-V and I.T. Infrastructure


I.T. Design: Strategic Accommodation.


I.T. Design: Strategic Accommodation.


I.T. Design: Strategic Accommodation.

In 1984 we would have to install these cables

and use many different types of connectors:

• Type 9880 50Ω coaxial cable for Ethernet backbone

(“Thick Ethernet”)

• Type 9907 50Ω coaxial cable for Ethernet to the Desktop

(“Thin Ethernet, Cheaper Net”)

• Type 9296 (RG-62) coaxial cable for IBM dumb terminals

• Dual type 9555 (RG-59) coaxial cable for Wang word

processor terminals (“shotgun cable”)

• 4, 5, 12, 25-pair telephone cable

• IBM Type-1 Token Ring shielded,

twisted-pair cable


I.T. Design: Strategic Accommodation.

By 1989 the vast majority of new construction used

one cable type and a few standard connectors.

• Category 3, Unshielded Twisted-Pair (Cat. 3, UTP) cable

• 4-pair cable

• 20 MHz bandwidth

• 8-pin modular connectors for data

• 110-type or 66-type termination blocks for voice


I.T. Design: Strategic Accommodation.

•TIA/EIA Standard 862

Building Automation Systems Cabling Standard for

Commercial Buildings

- Based on voice/data structured cabling system

-Part of Integrated Intelligent Building base-building

cabling.

- 15% to 40% lower cost than traditional BAS, BMS,

BCS cabling.


Your Project. Our Expertise.

•60-year old, multidiscipline firm

• Acoustics

• Mechanical systems noise and vibration

• Environmental noise

• Audio-visual systems

• Multimedia networking

• Information technology infrastructure

• Wireless technologies


Formal Design Process


Formal Design Process

Pre-Schematic Phase

Client Architect Consultant

AV Wish List

Existing AV

Standards or

Guidelines (if any)

Building Budget

Prelim Bldg.

Program

Preliminary Plans

Construction

Estimates

Facilities Planning

Assistance

Sightline &

Ergonomics Studies

Rough AV Budget


Formal Design Process

Schematic Phase

Client Architect Consultant

AV Rep Meeting 1

Review Prelim AV

Program

Review Prelim AV

Budget

100% SD Plans

Subconsultant

Coordination

Program

Refinement

Client Presentations

Prelim AV Program

AV Infrastructure &

Electrical

Requirements

Drawings


Formal Design Process

Design Development

Client Architect Consultant

AV Rep Meeting 2

Review Revised AV

Program

Review Revised AV

Budget

100% DD Plans

Subconsultant

Coordination

Client Presentations

Revised AV

Program

Equipment Location

Plans


Formal Design Process

Construction Documents

Client Architect Consultant

AV Rep Meeting 3

Approve Final AV

Program

Approve Final AV

Budget

100% CD Plans

Subconsultant

Coordination

GMP

Final Client

Presentations

Final AV Program

AV Functional &

Detail Drawings

AV Specifications


Formal Design Process

Bidding & Negotiations

Architect PM/GC

Consultant

GC/PM Award

Subconsultant

Coordination

Specialty Document

Routing

AV Bid Distribution

Other Bid Quals

Pre-Bid

Walkthrough or

Meeting

Bid Review

Contractor

Negotiations

Bidder

Recommendations

Bid Leveling and

Review Documents

Owner, Architect

& GC award AV

Contract


Formal Design Process

Construction Administration

Architect AV Contractor Consultant

Construction Admin Bill of Materials

Review of

Submittals

PM/GC

AV Contractor

Scheduling

Trade Coordination

Document Routing

Catalog Cuts of AV

Equipment

Engineered

Submittal Drawings

RFI Responses


Formal Design Process

Project Closeout

Architect AV Contractor Consultant

Punch Listing and

other closeout

activities

PM/GC

Trade Coordination

Document Routing

Preliminary Test

Reports

Acceptance Testing

Clear Punch List

As-Builts

Acceptance Testing

& Punch Listing

Review of As-Built

Docs and Related

Materials


Technology and Room Design

Your Project. Our Expertise.

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