University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
College Park, MD
Syska Hennessy Group Technology was contracted by the University of Maryland to plan and execute the design and construction of a 130,000 sf new wing in their Business College. Syska developed a concept, design and installation process converged support voice, data, video and audiovisual systems for the university's $40,000,000 Business College venture. Included in the planning and design was over 1,700 copper and fiber drops and approximately $3.5 million in audiovisual systems. Syska engineers used innovative measures to execute the vision of the University of Maryland's interactive classrooms that range from multi-tiered presentation classrooms, auditoriums, interview rooms, computer laboratories and executive conference rooms. The rooms vary in size and configuration and seat anywhere from 45 to 250 students.
In addition, Syska engineers were responsible for the video, voice and data infrastructure design and specifications consisting of copper and fiber distribution systems and adoption of an integrated wireless communication LAN.
The University of Maryland's vision presented the objectives for the IT infrastructure and the goals for voice, data, video and audiovisual systems. Syska developed a converged design to meet the university's vision goals with the flexibility to be both expandable and scalable to emerging technology. In addition, the school required an audiovisual system design that allows the classrooms to operate independently while maintaining connectivity to a campus network.
The Syska-designed audiovisual network provides for scalable bandwidth control and resource sharing to enable more efficient use of ISDN lines and conference room spaces. This design concept reflects developing industry trends and provides future upgrade paths to prevent technological obsolescence.
Throughout the planning and design process, Syska engineers were presented with the challenge of coordinating the communications equipment rooms within rather confined floor spaces. The University of Maryland's design created solutions to reduce the amount of space that the technology equipment rooms required by utilizing converged network architectures and audiovisual equipment with high quality yet small footprints. Entrances were arranged in such a way that the communication equipment racks could be assessed through two sets of double doors. The engineers also developed standard room systems that incorporate audiovisual equipment that provides connectivity to the building's IT infrastructure over fiber optic and CAT5 cabling. Copper and fiber were routed to the individual workstations and all boxes under classroom seating.