The design of modern learning spaces with integrated educational technology requires a coordinated project team and collaborative process from the earliest stages of project definition and concept design. The solutions needed to meet the requirements of modern teaching and learning often include distributed AV solutions with sophisticated media and communications technology.
The educational technology solution chosen for each venue can substantially change the spatial requirements and budget for learning spaces. Therefore it is critical to consider AV solutions at the early feasibility stages of the project. To formulate a project preliminary budget or architectural concept without the early input of AV expertise will put the project at risk unnecessarily. The most cost effective time to make changes is early in the project lifecycle.
- AV expertise is required at the earliest feasibility stages to:
- Document the technology functionality requirements of those who will use the spaces
- Discuss technology options with clients and stakeholders including the institution’s AV staff
- Develop a technology concept that can then be incorporated into the project feasibility assessment, preliminary budget estimate and the design brief that goes to market.
Any successful project which includes a professional audio visual installation must provide for clear definition and management of goals, processes, resources, and responsibilities between the design and installation project teams and the client. This becomes even more vital in the tertiary education environment where new installations must function in the context of existing integrated AV Systems and the needs of a diverse end user group.
AETM supports the contention of the International Communications Industry Association (ICIA) that: A properly documented audio visual system provides the information necessary to understand and implement the system goals and project requirements in a logical and efficient manner. The documentation should complement and coordinate related architectural, engineering, and construction documentation .
Whether the particular project involves a consultant, a design and construct (D&C) contract, or an in-house fit-out supplied by the institution, it is vital that the design and construction teams not only document properly, but also consult adequately (and in a timely fashion) with the institution’s audio visual services staff.
This section provides guidance as to how this may best be achieved.