Florida International University SIPA

Mission: Design and Deliver on Time

Before opening its new home for its School of International and Public Affairs to students and faculty, Florida International University first wanted it to be equipped with top-notch AV technology and collaboration resources, including presentation solutions that could accommodate overflow conditions for what is one of the largest schools of higher education in the U.S.

AVI-SPL’s challenge was to design and deliver the solution within a tight deadline of less than three months. To complicate matters, the building itself presented many sharp-angled walls and surfaces that would dictate equipment placement.

Action: An Interactive Learning Environment

AVI-SPL transformed the SIPA into an interactive, collaborative environment. At the heart of the integration are video conferencing capabilities, a video wall, interactive classrooms, and an auditorium designed for multimedia presentations and distance learning.

After careful consideration of the building’s unique architecture, AVI-SPL equipped the 300-plus-seat auditorium and nearby rooms with solutions including HD video conferencing, sound reinforcement, a number of AV sources – including a projector and Blu-ray — and a large projection screen.

Behind what is obvious to the layman’s eye, AVI-SPL technicians and engineers created an infrastructure that allows for signal scaling and conversion, and equipment cooling.

Adjacent classrooms were equipped with two-way audio and video.

Impact: Reaching a Wide Audience

SIPA can present events with clear audio and video to large audiences. Lecturers have everything they need to create compelling presentations, and they are able to manage all components via a control system mounted atop the lectern. To give one example of the level of control, near the teaching lectern is a floor mat that senses the presenter and triggers the operation of the cameras.

A wide audience can be served thanks to the classrooms and conference rooms outfitted for distance learning, and translation booths that allow for simultaneous translation and direct broadcast in multilingual formats. Audience members can also watch the presentations just outside the entrance to the auditorium, where a video wall of 16 LCD displays appears to float just off of the angled wall.