Cerami & Associates is currently providing acoustical and audiovisual design services for Columbia University Medical Center Education Building. The new Physicians and Surgeon’s Building is being developed as a state-of-the-art center for learning, meeting and collaboration for use by CUMC students and faculty, as well as the local community, and visiting dignitaries and members of the wider academic community.
Due to the small building footprint, the design resulted in several double height spaces connected by an interior stairs to encourage vertical flow within the building. Spaces included lounge type areas for places of learning, socializing and collaboration combined with the large volume of spaces creating conflicting acoustics making selection of acoustic finishes paramount. Additional design elements included the auditorium where the walls are comprised entirely of glass, one exterior facade wall and one wall separating the auditorium from a public circulation and gathering space.
Audiovisual systems are being designed for active learning classrooms for 30-60 students, meeting rooms, admin and group study areas, an auditorium, a large lecture hall/event space, café, student lounge, and lobby. All classrooms and the lecture hall will include technology systems for real-time remote viewing, as well as archive recording of lectures. Some classrooms will be configured for small group learning incorporating the use of six-person table clusters with individual technology systems for group collaboration, which will also be connected to overall room systems to allow for lecturer review. The project will also incorporate digital signage and wayfinding locations throughout with room scheduling systems.
In addition, the project includes a Simulation Center with 20+ rooms for meetings, task training, debriefing, and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) used for simulation and clinical skills testing. These rooms will be outfit with systems for both real-time viewing over IP-based infrastructure and digital recording and capturing of sessions for play-back at a later date for debriefing.