university of michigan - north quad academic and housing project
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
North Quad’s “collegiate gothic” red-brick-and-stone architecture reflects a number of prominent buildings on campus. Two c-shaped towers frame a courtyard, and a colonnade connects them. The courtyard is a “civic space” open to the community just a few steps from the street, as well as a green roof to academic facilities below it. The roof is one of many examples of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency that have set a new building standard on campus. The new building’s classic look belies the technology-rich facilities within.
The University of Michigan’s North Quad project is the culmination of an initiative by UM President Mary Sue Coleman to bridge a divide between academia and residential life within the University and create a collaborative environment that would act as a gateway to the University and – through technology – to the world.
The 360,000-square-foot project is home to 450 students as well as the School of Information and four academic units of UM’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts; Screen Arts and Cultures, Communications Studies, the Language Resource Center; and the Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing.
The top floors house students in single and suite-style room arrangements, with a club room that has a full suite of audio and video capabilities for presentation and live performances. Students can use multiple flat screens in public areas to share data or throw a Nintendo Wii party. Wireless internet access is a given, but extras like digital and video projection and sound are also available to students.
The academic facilities on the bottom floors include 19 classrooms and three technology-rich labs for use by the School of Information. In addition to these classrooms and labs, there are small and large study rooms and alcoves, along with several meeting rooms and small open work areas with audio and video collaboration areas. Video conferencing capabilities are located in many locations throughout the facility.
A 180-seat dining hall provides the complex with three meals a day in addition to a venue for large events with a full scale AV presentation system, wireless mics and high fidelity audio system. A projector is lowered via a lift and displayed on an extra large HD projection screen.
The media collaboration space employs ultra-modern technology, including high-definition video screens and floor-to-ceiling text crawls, to encourage intellectual dialogue among students and faculty. The room can accommodate a multitude of events and has the ability to record and stream the events live to anywhere outside the space. This space also has three separate break out rooms and video conferencing capabilities.
Boston College - Yawkey athletic center
Architect: ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Boston College’s Yawkey Athletic Center is a $27 million project of 72,000 square feet over four floors developed primarily for the football program. The center includes new football offices; meeting and break out rooms; locker rooms; equipment rooms; multi-function rooms; theater-style class rooms and facilities for recruiting, sports medicine and strength and conditioning. It also includes a new 4,100 square foot suite for the Office of Learning Resources for Student Athletes that includes a study center, state of the art computer labs, group and individual tutoring areas, and an interactive classroom for use by all BC student athletes.
The technology implemented in Yawkey required a system that would allow easy switching between multiple windows and applications including the Pinnacle Editing System for game analysis. A primary requirement of the coaching staff was annotation capabilities over video as well as data. The coaching staff was a very diverse group in respect to using technology. They also varied greatly in the way they liked to teach and the way they wanted to use the technology. We decided that we needed to make the systems easy to use but allow the overall design to enable future expansion.