ADVANCED MAXIMIZES PRESENTATION POTENTIAL CREATING COLLABORATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS WITHIN THE COOPER FAMILY EDUCATION CENTRE AT MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL
ABOUT THE SYDNEY AND FLORENCE COOPER FAMILY EDUCATION CENTER
The Sydney and Florence Cooper Family Education Centre is a multifunctional conference facility located within Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. The Centre is the educational home to undergraduate medical students from the Wightman-Berris Academy of the University of Toronto and other health professional trainees of Mount Sinai. The Centre is used for meetings, seminars, conferences, special events, awards banquets and many educational events.
Mount Sinai required an experienced audiovisual collaboration expert to design and install a dynamic solution for the new Centre. The Hospital was looking for a full-service provider who could transform the newly-constructed facility into a state-of-the-art visual learning environment utilizing innovative, high-tech solutions that emphasized and promoted idea and information sharing among groups.
THE ADVANCED SOLUTION
Advanced worked with the Hospital to design and install 6 examination rooms, 10 seminar rooms and 2 interactive classrooms. The 2 separate classrooms were constructed to a flexible design and could be easily combined into 1 large room, equipped with cameras and microphones, to record events and increase audience involvement and participation.
Advanced equipped the large, divisible classroom with two AV systems capable of functioning independently, with the door closed, or as one, combined solution, with the door open, to maximize attendance and presentation potential. Each room featured a custom-designed podium with a built-in desktop PC to facilitate lecturers and presenters, LCD monitor, Crestron system control panel and microphone, a projection screen and a videoconferencing system. All of these components combined to ensure effective and impactful presentations could be given and seen and heard by all in attendance.
When the rooms operate as a combined space, both projectors show the same image and all 8 ceiling speakers play the same audio. This design allows the space to accommodate a much larger audience, without compromising visual display quality or sound.
The 10 seminar rooms were designed primarily to function as general presentation and training spaces. An intercom system, using speakers and microphones built into wall-mounted Crestron control panels, was installed between the seminar and exam rooms for easy and effective, phone-free communication. SMARTBoard interactive whiteboards were also installed, allowing users to share digital notes and information onscreen, or via a projector, enhancing interaction and overall collaboration. A mobile Polycom videoconferencing system was also provided to conduct multi-point conferences, again maximizing presentation potential and flexibility.