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EDUCATION FINALISTS

Northeastern University Visitor Center

Boston, Massachsetts

Whitlock with Cavanaugh Tocci for Northeastern University

Life-size, high-resolution, multi-touch surfaces add spectacular interactive dimension to the lobby of the new visitor center at Boston’s Northeastern University. Featuring three large-scale interactive display areas, it is an engaging high-tech, high-touch space for the 70,000 potential students and family members who visit each year. Projection glass blends with architectural glass; this seamless effect belies the optical challenges involved in the installation, which incorporates unique rear-projection, edge-blended multi-touch solutions.

Limited space behind the walls precluded the use of multi-point mirrors, six-axis mounts, or the ideal lens optics; instead the team used innovative lensing, image software, and mounts. Four SXGA+ DLP projectors in a 2x2 blended configuration serve each of the two main touchscreens; a pair of 1080p projectors mounted side-by-side powers each banner area above. Two SXGA+ projectors and a single 1080p projector for its banner serve a third display surface, the Spinning Globe. Multi-touch overlays on the projection surfaces allow up to three visitors each to interact with each screen using up to 10 fingers to pull up videos, still images, and data through a GUI designed by content designer Downstream. Twitter and RSS news feeds come in throughout the day; systems are flexible enough to show custom content for hosted functions.

The design incorporates projectiondesign DLP projectors, multi-image processor, and ProNet.precision software; Stewart Filmscreen screens; RP Visuals mounts; and PQ Labs Multi-Touch G32 overlays.

James B. Hunt Jr. “Library Of The Future” At North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

The Sextant Group, AVI-SPL for North Carolina State University Library

The new James B. Hunt Jr. Library serves students from the engineering, textile, and design schools and so needed to engage them with an immersive visual and auditory experience that was just as innovative and robust as the building itself. Since its opening, the Hunt Library has rapidly gained international acclaim as one of the most technologically sophisticated learning spaces in the world.

In the Teaching & Visualization Lab, through 32 ceiling speakers, surround sound, 10 projectors, and 280 degrees of immersive video, students can experience what a 17th century courtyard gathering would have looked and sounded like, or view 3D renderings of buildings; the U.S. Navy uses the lab to simulate training maneuvers. The gaming lab features gesture-enabled interactivity and stealth glass that turns opaque with the flip of a switch to hide games in development. Audio is carefully zoned and diffused to preserve the traditional library balance of quiet and ambient noise privacy. Room configurations are flexible: Shared videoconferencing can be configured on the fly, projectors move, and audio routes to any of 32 audio zones.

Key system components include Biamp Audia, Vista Spyder, NEC displays and projectors, Christie projectors, Chief mounts, Sennheiser microphones, Crestron and AMX control, and K-Array and Tannoy speakers.

Perimeter Institute Expansion

Waterloo Ontario, Canada

Westbury National for Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is centered in an architecturally unique, award-winning building that serves a community of scientists, visiting researchers, young scholars, educators, staff, supporters, and general public visitors. The recent expansion is architecturally significant; the $1.6 million AV system design enhanced this aesthetic and increased the communication and presentation capabilities of all classrooms—new and existing. It was executed without downtime.

From the head-end control room, an operator records presentations and streams them live to students and colleagues located within the building, externally anywhere in the world, and on demand via the Institute’s website.

Simple AV controls are provided in each room, with an advanced technical control surface located in the main control room that accommodates up to four technical operators. The operators can access any of the rooms for broadcast recording and streaming, truck interconnect, and overflow-central source routing.

The high-resolution Feature Wall (9120x2160) located between the old building and the new. It is architecturally integrated and accommodates an array of unique screen configurations and content that can blend with the old architecture or the new.

Key system components include Crestron DM for both local and central video distribution, Christie Digital projectors and MicroTiles, BSS Audio DSP, Harris broadcast equipment, and a NewTek Tricaster.



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