Location: Sydney, NSW
Scope: Concept AV had the privilege of being contracted to complete the largest redevelopment project at Macquarie University to date. This transformative project saw the revitalisation of the universities central courtyard and existing surrounding building, as well as the addition of three new buildings. Located at the heart of the university campus, the Central Courtyard infrastructure has been designed to service both educational purposes, as well as establish a modernised social hub of the university.
Over a year, Concept AV installed an array of audio-visual solutions, as designed by consultants Arup, in spaces including the Collaborative Classrooms, Project Rooms, Student Housing, Graduation Hall, U-Bar and Food & Beverage Outlet area, as well as digital signage and displays around the buildings, and general background music systems.
Located adjacent to the student accommodation, the Central Courtyard Food Outlet Area and U-Bar level of the new building has been thoughtfully designed and fitted out to be the heart of student life at the university. Inside, students have access to several cuisines through the various food stores and can enjoy a game of pool at one of the pay-per-use tables throughout the space. Leading out onto an open-air terrace with views of the lake, the U-Bar offers students a casual social experience.
To enhance the atmosphere of this area, Concept AV were responsible for the installation of 55’’ and 65’’ Panasonic LCD Displays. These displays were further supported by the installation of 65 x QSC Surface Mount Loudspeakers.
Collaborative learning and group projects are central to University education, therefore providing students with the appropriate AV equipment to facilitate this is integral in the design and upgrade of educational infrastructure. Macquarie University required collaborative classrooms that catered to three distinct class sizes; 90 person, 60 person, and 30 person. These rooms, all similarly designed consisted of 2 x Panasonic Projectors and motorised screens. To reflect the differences in space size and capacity, the Screen Technics motorised screens varied were 160’’, 120’’, and 100’’ respectively.
To enable lecturer flexibility in movement, a wireless Shure microphone system was set up, consisting of Handheld microphones and a lavalier microphone. Both in-ceiling and coaxial pendant loudspeakers were installed in these spaces for the audio output.
Other equipment in these spaces included an Axis PTZ Network Camera, Crestron touch panel and Network AV encoders and decoders.
In addition to the aforementioned collaboration rooms, Concept AV were responsible for the fit out of multiple Project Rooms consisting of group pods. The biggest variation from the Collaborative spaces in these project rooms was the use of Multiple 43’’ Panasonic LCD Displays instead of a projection solution. These displays were supported by a Crestron soundbar and touch panel in each pod, enabling smaller group work within the larger space.
Graduation Hall & Pre Function Space
The brand-new graduation hall saw the integration of an array of live production equipment in both the space and bio-box control room. This included Rode Microphones, Allen & Heath Digital Mixing Desk, Yamaha biobox monitors, a 200” motorised projector screen, and panasonic projector.
Two new residential towers were built as part of this project, consisting of 40 new rooms for on-campus student accommodation. The AV scope for these spaces included the fit out of 55’’ Samsung LCD Displays with Crestron Saros Sound Bars.
Additional Displays and Saros Sound Bars were installed in the student common areas, facilitating social interaction within the housing complex.
It was a requirement that all learning spaces were adequately equipped with hearing augmentation equipment, catering towards those with hearing impairments. Such hearing augmentation equipment included IR Belt packs, IR Emitters, and IR Neckloops.