University of Exeter - Peter Chalk Centre-
As part of the University of Exeter’s continuing work with GV, the Exeter team was commissioned to install a new AV system within the University’s Peter Chalk Centre.
Situated at the heart of University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus, the Peter Chalk Centre is host to a five small lecture theatres, a large theatre, two breakout areas that can expand into two large halls and a coffee bar.
Intended for use as a conference centre, lecture suite and classroom area it was imperative that the building was flexible to accommodate any activity required from it - a requirement covered in no small part by the two breakout areas which can each convert from a large hall to 6 classrooms or any other space allowed by the partioned walls.
GV Multi-media’s Exeter team was commissioned to carryout a complete overhaul of the breakout rooms/halls’ AV systems. Due to the nature of the facility, the new AV system had to take into account the requirement to expand the space and still maintain an ideal setup for the area required. As such, flexibility within the project was paramount.
Each of the classrooms has been integrated with Panasonic PT-FW430 WXGA wireless projectors and Da-Lite Advantage Electrol electric screens. Each of the 12 areas now features a fully-integrated TeamMate Educator Lite Plus that has been fitted with a SMART Podium SP518 interactive pen display, Sony BDP-S4200 Blu-ray disc player, WolfVision VZ-8light4 visualiser, Denon DNA-300 amplifier, Sennheiser SI30 assistive hearing systems, Extron switching and scaling with Beyerdynamic MPR210 ceiling microphones for use with the hearing system. Each of the twelve areas was also integrated with a pair of Ecler IC6 ceiling speakers. Each of the 12 rooms is controlled via a Crestron MPC-M25 presentation control pad, fitted to each lectern.
Each space also features an Axis M3114R ceiling mount camera for remote monitoring of the suites.
In accommodating the requirement for flexibility, GV Multi-media used BTX Problox
connectors for each lectern. This meant that all connectivity between the lecterns and the rest of the system went through the Problox - thus eliminating the need for multiple ports within the floor plates and reducing the risk of complication and hassle from the need to plug a variety of connectors into respective sockets. This therefore enables users to simply unplug one socket containing the whole lectern’s connections to the floorplate and move the unit elsewhere. In a similar capacity, electric screens were implemented as they could retract into the ceiling when the walls are removed.