UC Merced Campus Expansion, Phase One: AV Systems for New Buildings

AV Installation Includes Technology-Enabled Active Learning Classrooms (TEAL), regular classrooms, and speaker system for soccer field.

ICS - Integrated Communication Systems has installed state-of-the-art AV systems in several buildings for Phase One of UC Merced’s $1.3 billion campus expansion. ICS’s work on Phase One includes AV design and installation for the classrooms and study rooms in Glacier Point and Granite Pass Residence Halls. It also encompasses the engineering and installation of a speaker system at the school’s new competition level soccer field.

For Granite Pass, ICS engineered and installed AV systems for several technology-enabled active learning classrooms (TEAL). The AV systems, optimized for collaboration, are designed so that students and the teacher can view each other’s work and share it in real time. There is one 90-seat TEAL classroom and two 45-seat TEAL classrooms in the building.

The TEAL rooms have student PODs around the perimeter of the room, and each POD has a display and two sources available. TEAL is unique because it has this dual image capacity at the PODS. Students can display those sources individually or simultaneously at the POD, or the instructor can present from the teaching station in the center of the room to the PODs. Video can be sent from the teacher’s desk or the teacher can share a POD’s sources with other PODs.

In addition to the TEAL rooms, ICS engineered and installed AMX control and touch screens, as well as Epson projectors and NEC flat panels, in 6 regular classrooms and 4 large huddle rooms for Granite Pass. ICS also engineered and installed AV equipment in 10 traditional classrooms and 17 huddle rooms in Glacier Point.

ICS installed a sound system at UC Merced’s new competition level soccer field. It includes 8 large Community R1 Speakers mounted on light standards arranged around the perimeter of the building. ICS also custom built a portable rack that is designed on a wheel-away cart and is engineered to be heat and weather resistant.