University of Illinois at Chicago
The distinctive Walter Netsch lecture room at the University of Illinois at Chicago has not been renovated since it was originally built in the 1960’s. UIC needed a space with high-quality acoustics and advanced technology that allowed faculty to teach in a collaborative, interactive style and that could also be the venue for guest lectures and panel discussions.
Acoustic mapping tools inform new acoustic surfaces, which enhance presenter speech clarity as well as student-to-student communication across the classroom. A new center aisle integrates LED lighting, lighting control system and audio visual technology. Student and faculty response confirms that the goals set have been achieved. What was formerly considered a dated, dark and uncomfortable space is now an effective 21st century learning environment.