Applied Electronics Delivers Audio Visual Solutions to George Brown College's Centre for Health Sciences at New Waterfront Campus

In 2008, George Brown College received funding from the Provincial Government to proceed with a new state-of-the art campus in the heart of Toronto’s new East Bay waterfront development. The ground was broken in Fall 2009 and construction wrapped up in Spring 2012 with the A/V component of the build completed and ready for students in Fall 2012.

This third main campus, built specifically for George Brown Health Sciences students, is one of the city’s most architecturally striking places to study, with labs and classrooms overlooking the Toronto harbour. The eight-storey building is purpose-built to emphasize an interprofessional team-based education. From an aesthetic point of view, it is equipped with informal learning spaces, rooftop terraces, state-of-the-art labs and a strong connection to the water’s edge to the south and a beautiful park to the east.

A unifying new home for George Brown’s Centre for Health Sciences, bringing together its many programs that were previously spread across other campuses, the Centre for Health Sciences includes: School of Dental Health, School of Health and Wellness, School of Health Services Management, and School of Nursing.

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The Interprofessional Learning Clinic offers George Brown students a clinical practice opportunity providing direct client services in a real, working environment. The clinic bring students from a variety of professional programs at George Brown together with students from other institutions  to work alongside each other and alongside professionals conducting assessments and providing services to the public. The outcome for students is the preparedness to enter the field with the most current training and the ability to work with other health care professionals to deliver high quality patient care.

As the exclusive supplier and integrator of presentation technology at George Brown’s new campus, Applied Electronics equipped an excess of 100 educational spaces, including medical simulation suites, with presentation technologies including projectors, motorized front projection screens, digital displays, interactive whiteboards, digital signage, automation systems, audio systems, and videoconferencing for distance learning.

Spanning across the third floor where the Centre for Health Sciences’ WAVE (Wellness, Applied Research and Visionary Education) Clinic resides are educational spaces where students provide health and wellness services including dental, hearing and fitness assessments, under the supervision of faculty. WAVE is comprised of the Dental Clinic, the Hearing Clinic, Fitness Studios, Active Living, and Health Promotion.

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The Dental Clinic is composed of 75 dental chairs where students from the Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, Denturism, and Restorative Dental Hygiene programs can put theory to practice.  The clinic offers services to the public including dental history, assessment of teeth and gums, dental x-rays, teeth cleaning, fabrication of complete or partial dentures, repairs and relining, fillings, veneers, and bonding.

In the Dental Clinic, students can observe live demonstrations performed by lead dental instructors at a select instructional dental station which are specially equipped with high definition audio visual equipment such as an inter-oral camera for displaying live video of inside the mouth and two pan-tilt-zoom ceiling-mounted cameras (one focused on the mouth and the other on the patient), all operated through a wall-mounted removable wireless touchscreen control panel.

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Additional to the dental station areas, there are four classroom labs with adjoining equipment processing labs for fabricating ceramic and casting dentures. The 40-seat, two 60-seat, and a 70-seat laboratory-style classrooms enbable instructors in the processing labs to conduct live two-way conversational style audio and video communication with students in the classrooms. This allows for a fully interactive instructional experience for both students with questions and instructors with answers and directions. Instructional demonstrations may also be captured, recorded, archived, and fed live to an overflow audience, if required.

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The Simulation Centre for the School of Nursing offers a modern simulated learning environment that allow students the opportunity to put theory into practice in a safe and controlled environment. 

The Simulation Centre encompasses five 12-bed Simulation Practice Labs, four High-Fidelity Suites featuring high and low fidelity mannequins programmed to communicate verbally and respond physiologically in much the same way a live patient would, one Operating Room Suite, three Debriefing Rooms, a bachelor apartment called the Health eHome, which comes with adjacent kitchens used to teach students how to care for people with restricted mobility in their homes, and a number of meeting rooms and collaboration spaces.

Each space in the Simulation Centre is equipped with large LCD displays, ceiling mounted document cameras, ceiling microphones and speakers, hearing assist devices, media control and distribution systems, and video capture and streaming systems.

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In addition, a series of 120-seat lecture theatres, 80-seat, 48-seat and 18-seat classrooms, collaboration spaces including 32- and 48-seat computer skills labs, tutorial rooms, small and large group study rooms, meeting rooms, and collaborative booths in the library, are equipped with LCD displays, data projection systems, electronic whiteboards, microphone and audio systems, and media control and distribution systems.

The auditorium, which opens up to the second floor lobby and overlooks the waterfront, is used to host special events or conduct special presentations to faculty and students. The intricate audio visual system includes two HD DLP projectors and two 165" front projection screens, two 60" HD LCD monitors, four wall-mounted pan-tilt cameras, and a comprehensive audio system with ceiling microphones - all controlled from the podium media control and distribution system or the control room located at the back of the auditorium.

The executive boardroom on the eighth floor, used for executive faculty meetings, boasts an 85" HD plasma display, videoconferencing system, wall-mounted pan-tilt cameras, discrete table microphones, audio system, and a media control and distribution system.

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A large media wall located in the main lobby of the building is composed of nine 60” ultra slim bezel LED flat panel display monitors to welcome students, faculty and visitors to the Waterfront Campus and offers information about the campus and the programs offered there.  Additional digital signage displays are integrated throughout the building in all public spaces including the main lobby reception, café, library, elevators, hallways, and staff lounges.

A special component of this installation is the control centre within the facility which acts as the central hub for configuring and routing all operations of the audio/video system in each classroom.  A large central router receives audio and video feeds and can be used for distributing content using high bandwidth, low latency fibre optics throughout the building.  Each system operates independently, but can also share the same feed when a presentation is required to be shown in multiple rooms simultaneously, recorded for future viewing or video conferenced for multiple location participation.

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