University of Exeter - Forum-
The University of Exeter has taken on a vast project to revamp a large section of their Streatham Campus. Forum has seen the construction of a stunning renovation to the heart of Exeter’s University. Forum also plays host to new retail and catering outlets as well as a new library. The site features a new student services centre and new learning spaces including a 400-seat auditorium. Having changed the skyline of Exeter and offering students a host of activities, the Forum project has turned the University’s Streatham campus into one of the most impressive student environments in the country both in terms of aesthetics and in terms of function.
Sir Robert McAlpine commissioned GV Multi-media Ltd for the challenging task of providing and integrating the vast AV system into Forum. GV’s input into the project has been of paramount importance in bringing Forum to life. It is a major project for both the University and for GV Multi-media that is as breathtaking technically as it is visually.
The 404-seat Alumni Auditorium has been perfectly designed for presentation of visual and audio content in a way that allows for cinema-quality screening of films as well as having the acoustic ability to allow for musical presentations. The Auditorium features a trio of full-HD Christie HD10k-M projectors that have been integrated into the design of the ceiling. The projectors provide a variety of image types including the display of multiple images and even a seamless edge-blended image from all three. The projectors display onto a 10m wide screen at the front of the theatre.
The speaker set up in the auditorium is impressive in terms of functionality as well as aesthetically. The suite features JBL ScreenArray cinema range cabinets to accommodate the left, right and centre channels and an ARS system of wall and ceiling speakers. All are integrated into the build of the room with the JBL speakers being housed flush to the screen while the rest of the system is integrated into the walls of the auditorium and housed in ceiling plates.
The first Exploration Lab features a Panasonic PT-FW300 networkable WXGA projector, projecting onto a 133-inch Da-Lite high contrast wall-mounted fixed frame screen. The lab also features a fully-integrated TeamMate Tutor lectern. A Polycom HDX 8000-720 VC codec and camera is also in the system – fed with content from the lectern and wireless mics. The system uses a Polycom Eagle Eye conferencing camera and 60-inch screen. Output from this is also connected to an Echo 360 lecture capture system. The second lab features ten 60-inch wall-mounted flat panel displays – all in positions suited to the positions of ten touch-tables.
Forum’s Technology Centre is used to oversee everything within the Exploration Labs. The Centre features a SMARTboard 685i connected to an integrated TeamMate Trainer Pro. Genelec active loudspeakers are fitted to each side of the SMARTboard.
Forum features a large seminar block featuring two types of seminar room. One side features a set of rooms that are separate and independent of its adjacent rooms while the opposite side of the hall features a set with partitioned walls – enabling users to combine them into a larger room.
In the independent rooms and the partitioned room with a fixed wall (master room) are wall-mounted 92-inch high contrast fixed-frame screens while the rooms featuring partitioned walls feature electric screens. All rooms feature a Panasonic PT-FW300 WXGA projector Genelec 8030a speakers and a TeamMate Trainer Pro lectern.
The block also features a Group Study Room equipped with a SMART 685i interactive whiteboard system and a lectern fitted with a Wolfvision VZ8Lite3 visualiser, a Crestron MPC-M25 control panel, a university-supplied PC, a Panasonic DMR-EZ49 DVD/VHS and a Panasonic/Sony Blu-ray player. All are directly connected to the projector for source selection.
The training seminar room is situated away from the seminar block and features a Panasonic PT-FW300 WXGA projector and Da-Lite 92-inch high contrast screen. This room features a pair of Genelec 8030a active loudspeakers and a TeamMate Trainer Pro including the same AV equipment as the other seminar rooms.
Forum’s Multimedia Room features three workstations used for video editing and format conversion. Each workstation is also connected to a 60-inch wall-mounted LG 60PK590 flat panel display.
GV Multi-media’s Exeter team are extremely proud of what they have achieved at Forum. Turning a previously unused space into a hub of AV technology has required a lot of hard work and dedication. The team worked incredibly hard and often through the night in order to meet deadlines. The result being that this amazing installation was ready in time for Forum to be officially opened on 2nd May by Her Majesty the Queen.