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Gulf Coast StateCollege Opens
Advanced Technology Center
Featuring SMARTdesks Custom Furniture Designs

Gulf Coast State College, in Panama City, Florida, has just opened its Advanced Technology Center (ATC) – one of the most sophisticated learning centers in the country. Florida Architects, Inc. turned to SMARTdesks for custom furniture designs for “Learning Convergence”, enabling students to collaborate in technology clusters within open architectural spaces.

Mission Critical to ATC’s “learning convergence” environment:
Custom collaborative classroom design with SMARTdesks furniture.

“Learning convergence” refers to areas where students can work or have class while collaborating or using information technologies. Following this thread, the ATC has no corridors in its buildings; all floors are open architecture with open, collaborative zones where students can gather around technology clusters.

The SMARTdesks design team engaged in dialogue with Florida Architects to assess the collaborative classroom design features for the ATC, launching a synergistic relationship that would ultimately lead to the completion of a world-class facility.

Advanced Technology Center (ATC) at Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, Florida


The success of the ATC depended on optimizing the utility and flexibility of every space within the building. Standardized, traditional furniture would not prove satisfactory. Joe Sorci, director of design at Florida Architects, was the head architect for the entire project, and as the building progressed, it became clear that cutting edge furnishings for the ATC were going to be difficult to find.

The SMARTdesks team developed furniture that, according to Mr. Sorci, “fits the style and statement of the building.” Collaborative classroom design was essential. For example, the Exchange tables are comprised of triangular modules that can be arranged into hexagon, pinwheel, wave, and triangular combinations, depending on the needs of the students and educators for each project.

Read GCSC ATC Revolutionizes Learning Experience

 

 

READ the press release about the Grand Opening October 11, 2013

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11276242.htm

Read the feature story
by Mira Korber

Appearing in
Private University Products and News Magazine

November 2013


Vista Teaming Centers for
Collaborative Classrooms

An off the wall idea-- at last!
The Vista Teaming Center has its own freestanding wall mount for the main video display. This gives the space planner the ability to mount the video display off the wall and placeVista Teaming Centers in independent group arrangements.

At GCSC, Vistas were used to break up the space, forming clusters of interactivity within the collaborative classroom.

 


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Vista AV Teaming Tables

Trapeza Modular Conference Table:

More Options for
Collaborative Classrooms

The trapezoidal tops re-arrange to form
hexagons with side tables.

Featuring modular wiring and data ports for personal laptop use, the Trapeza Modular Conference Table makes an empowering statement about the people in the space. The pairs of higher tops work as hubs, featuring additional AV connectivity for controllers and presenters.

 


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Trapezoid modular conference table

Trapeza and Rectangles Together

New Angles for
Collaborative Classrooms Design

Combining trapezoids with rectangles breaks the gridlock.
Sometimes regular aisles and rows are needed, but sometimes when you break the rules, creativity flows better. Introducing Trapeza elements into your floor plan could energize everyone and encourage more active participation.

Note the modular wiringand wire management sleeves on the legs to reduce clutter and make setup efficient.

 


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Trapezoid and rectangular tables flexible arrangement

Exchange and iGroup

Elements that make a myriad of collaborative shapes for the classroom

Outfitted with monitor arms for sharing
Exchange (shown on the left) and iGroup (shown on the right) are identical in concept, but different in scale. The larger Exchange is shown with mirrored pairs (left and right) to make the collaborative triangle. The smaller iGroup has its six left elements (all the same) to make radial arrangements, such as the hexagon or pinwheel.

Exchange and iGroup can be re-arranged to form many different shapes for collaboration. The LCD arms allow people to share screens over the corners of the arrangement. A shift in body language and screens includes or excludes neighbors. Great flexible arrangement.

 

 

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Exchange collaboration classroom furniture

iGroup and Presence AV Cabinets

Another arrangement using iGroup Elements for Collborative Classrooms

No more gridlock!
Using mirrored iGroup elements (right and left) rectangular units are formed with users facing each other. The arrangement puts the groups adrift in the space, yet the unity of the groupings unifies the members of the group in purpose. Aisleways would actually be more confusing. The question changes from "what row are you in?" to "what group are you in?" Membership is about people more than places.

 

Exchange tables set as linear offset with custom AV storage cabinets

The same arrangement is viewed in two directions. This shows the privacy and unity as one approaches the Presence AV cabinet. From the oposite view, the entire space can be addressed from the Presence Podium for times of presentation to all groups.

 

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Exchange tables set linear offset in two views

Seating and Occasional Tables

Tablet arms and tables with comfortable benches
The open plan design principle of the Advanced Technology Center is supported with lounge seating with places for laptops, books or lunch. Large central commons areas with lunchroom seating are not in the plan. Isn't this a friendlier place for gathering?

 




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Cirrus occasional tables

Seating sets the tone

More informal for the short break, or
more ergonomic for the longer session

The Cirrus Roundtable works handsomely for any setting.

 




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Cirrus round tables seating 4

Hemisphere Tables

A half circle that makes a whole lot of sense.

SMARTdesks Hemisphere tables serve people when placed by a wall, or in the open for seating on all sides. Can also be placed to create round tables, but isn't it nice to have options?

 




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Hemispheres teaming tables

Pi Collaboration Classroom Tables

Arrange Pi in gentle arcs or smaller groups

Pi table design is based on arcs and circles. Could anything else be more perfect in a curved room space? Outfitted with modular wiring to support laptop use.

 

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Pi collaboration tables in arced rows with presence Podium in foreground

The Presence Podium

An adjustable height podium and AV cabinet with all the extras

Plenty of space for a document camera, LCD, tablet, keyboard an mouse. For even more space, optional fold-up work surfaces. Lockable AV rack mount space features digital comination lock. Rack space is accessible from both sides. Little nookds for books. Ratchet height adjustment for the top. Large rolling casters.

 

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Presence Podium with doc camera

The Presence AV Credenzas

Roll rack mounted or shelved units into place

The Presence Credenza is versatile for AV/IT integration. Shown in a supporting role for a printer, a video monitor stand may also be mounted to make it a ful-featured AV TV cart. Choose colors to fit the interior design pallette.

 

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Presence Credenza and AV storage cabinet

SMARTdesks PortaPanels and
Triangular Tables

Flexible arrangements for collaborative classrooms

A little mobile wall that people can see through. This allows dry-erase markers to be used for communication without blocking the sight lines of the space. The Triangular table takes up little space, but creates a place for two to share to collaborate and problem solve.

 

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PortaPanel with glass drymarker pane and triangle table
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