- General meeting rooms
- Student lounge
- Toronto, Ontario
- Motorized projection screen
- LCD projector
- Audio system
- Custom-design portable lectern
- Room automation and control touchpanel
- 65” LCD displays.
ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Established in 1827, the University of Toronto (U of T) is Canada’s largest university and is internationally recognized as a leader both in research and teaching. Throughout 2008 and 2009, the University had a population of more than 70,000 students across 3 campuses, 50,000 of whom were studying at the main campus located in downtown Toronto. The University’s distinguished faculty, institutional record of ground-breaking scholarship and wealth of innovative, academic opportunities continues to attract outstanding students and academics from around the world.
THE ADVANCED SOLUTION
Kruger Hall is a large space measuring almost 58’ long by 50’ wide and 20’ in height to the peaked roof. The space was widely used as a general meeting room for students who would gather there for study purposes. It was the intention of the University to renovate the space to accommodate special events, in addition to student lounge use and configure the hall to comfortably accommodate various sizes of groups. U of T asked the AV experts at Advanced to design and install an AV system for them, taking into consideration 2 guiding principles: ease-of-use/user friendliness and maintenance of a low overall cost, installing the most economical products that would still ensure the space performed as desired.
The main hall is now a more flexible space, with the installation of 2 dividing walls that allow it to be transformed into 1, 2 or 3 separate sections, depending on the size of the anticipated audience. A large Draper projection screen, installed on the east wall of the hall receives images and data projected from an NEC, ceiling-mounted projector on a motorized lift. The lift allows the projector to be raised above operating height when not in use, however the main purpose of the lift is to lower the projector to ground level for easy service and lamp replacement, as per the ease-of-use requirement set-out by the University at the inception of the project.
The AV system is also equipped with a digital audio processor that controls audio signals and broadcasts them to specific areas of the room. To increase audience participation and enhance engagement, a portable, custom-designed lectern was installed for presenters. The lectern has the facility to connect a laptop to the system and a Crestron control touchpanel allows the presenter to control all aspects of the presentation. To finalize the integration project, a large NEC 65” flat-panel, LCD monitor was mounted on the side wall. This large-format projector is used to display either University-branded digital signage or to broadcast live high-definition TV.
The lounge space was equipped with another NEC 65” wall-mounted, LCD display, to enable the space to be used for small presentations, or to display a digital cable or satellite television feed. When combined with a state-of-the-art sound system, U of T students now enjoy an innovative, immersive study and gathering space.