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Technology Updates: Classroom and Event Spaces

Things are moving quickly now – we are purchasing equipment and meeting regularly with the contractors and integrators.  Today we were designing the new touch panel interfaces in the Auditorium and Moot Court that will allow presenters to control the room technology from the lectern.  Some of these features include video conferencing, PC, laptop, document camera, multiple room cameras, lighting presets, shades, and volume controls. 
Equipment installation is underway!  The first stage is to get the conduit and wiring installed, which has been underway for several months now.  The wiring in the auditorium ceiling was actually completed several months ago because of the special ceiling design.  The networking installation teams have been installing CAT6 network cabling and are nearly done.  They are beginning to install the network closet hardware, wireless access points, and the room faceplates. 
The next stage is for the AV integrator (Visual Sound) to purchase and then configure all the equipment in their shop, in order to test functionality and system features.  Starting in December, the AV integrator will install this equipment in Golkin Hall, working from the third floor downward after Hunter Roberts finishes their work on each floor. 
Once the equipment is installed and tested, we will start checking the rooms and making ‘punch lists’ of issues to resolve or changes to make.  From our past experience, this process involves a lot of work on the part of many different people.  We are looking forward to working with everyone.  This process can take several iterations, involves visits by the AV consultant to perform technical tests and finally ends when the punch lists are all checked off and we ‘accept’ the systems as complete. 
Together we have created some innovative instructional and event spaces, and we hope you agree.


Posted by Information Technology Services, University of Pennsylvania Law School