A number of classrooms are getting a technology facelift this summer. Planning replacements for aging equipment and introducing new technologies begins years in advance so that not everything has to be replaced or added at the same time.
“Every year we map out requirements for maintenance checks, replacements and repairs for the coming academic year, as well as for the following year,” says Terry Kirkvold, Infrastructure Maintenance and Support Manager. “We budget what we need to spend, but there’s generally the odd situation when equipment gives up unexpectedly. Consequently we need to adjust our schedule so that the most critical work is completed.”
Teaching spaces take priority with feedback from the year and report incidents factored in wherever possible to develop the annual plan. LCD display monitors, projectors and Crestron control systems in classrooms and those rooms targeted for a complete refresh are all scheduled into the annual work.
“PE250 has been a challenge to properly introduce audio–mainly because of its shape. We’ve hired a local consultant to introduce an audio system that will compensate for the room’s geometry, Kirkvold adds. “The team is busy working on many other upgrades in classrooms around campus – not the least of which is Wi-Fi.”
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