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Vassar College’s Kenyon Hall underwent significant and much-needed renovations, including a dance theater and several large classrooms. Cerami’s acoustical, audiovisual, IT, and security design teams were selected to provide consulting services–meeting the client’s desire for cutting-edge technology with practical, cost-effective solutions.

Since conventional approaches were prohibitively expensive, we worked to integrate high-speed wireless multimedia networks to achieve the college’s classroom technology need within their budget. The two large classrooms were fully wired for IT workstations at each desk, in addition to power and data connections for future wireless access points throughout the building. Similarly, Cerami’s audiovisual consultants paid close attention to the budget constraints as they designed the special software systems and advanced audiovisual technologies for the various spaces. Each classroom was outfitted with video and data projectors, an AV rack, computer interfaces and a wireless microphone for the instructor.

Our acoustical consultants worked closely with the audiovisual design team on the dance theater to ensure optimal acoustics for the high-tech AV system. Specifications included absorptive and reflective surface finishes, treatments for adjacent ductwork and mechanical units, design specifications for classrooms, public spaces, storage rooms, and main corridors. Vibration isolation treatments were added to all piping and mechanical equipment to mitigate excess noise and vibration in addition to the acoustical lining that was added to the HVAC system’s ductwork.


Client: Gluckman Mayner Architects
Project Type: Renovation
Size: 20,000 sf
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY

  • Integrated high-speed wireless multimedia networks to achieve technology needs within budget
  • All classrooms allow for video projection, computer interface, and wireless microphones for instructors. Some also include SMART capabilities
  • Specified absorptive and reflective finishes and treatments on the dance theater to ensure optimal acoustics for the high-tech AV system