Applied Electronics Integrates Presentation and Collaboration Technology into New Ivey Business School at Western University

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The Ivey Business School, located on the Western University campus in London, Ontario, boasts an international reputation for its teaching and research excellence as well as for the high calibre of its students and faculty. The Ivey Business School awarded Applied Electronics the audio visual integration contract in the construction of their new LEED Gold level certified Richard Ivey Building in 2011.

Reuniting HBA, MBA, MSc and PhD programs in one attractive and inspiring jewel-like structure, and home to over 2,000 students, faculty and staff, the Richard Ivey Building is fully equipped with the latest in audio visual and unified communications technology.

The BMO Financial Group Auditorium is a multi-level, state-of-the-art facility which seats up to 700 people and features the latest in video conferencing technology. With a massive 300-inch stadium-style Dai-Nippon front projection screen featuring special light absorbing material for a sharp, clear picture even with the house lights on, the auditorium is perfect for milestone special occasions and high-profile speakers. Bringing in-house guest speakers, watching Blu-Ray video, webcasting or videoconferences complete with Skype capability to the screen is the work of the powerful Christie cinematic-grade projector with a ceiling projector lift system.

And for an integrated Q&A session in the Auditorium, four cameras automatically move to capture questions from nine microphone locations and put the visuals on-screen. Full stereo sound is delivered through speakers and a sub-woofer located beside the screen. For more intimate events, the curtain closes to contain about 200 seats and the screen automatically resizes to suit the smaller venue.

Outlining Ivey’s garden Quadrangle on the ground floor are fifteen 78-seat, five 50-seat and two 20-seat Ivey Case Classrooms which are equipped with Christie projectors, Crestron automation systems with 15” touchscreen control panels, audio systems with DSP, lecture recording systems, and Magor video conferencing systems. Additionally, Applied Electronics custom designed and fabricated speaker wall brackets for the audio systems in each classroom. Each classroom features exceptional presentation and recording capabilities that can be managed in-class or from a control station in the building’s basement.


All 80-seat and 50-seat classrooms are tied back to the Central Control Room to allow for remote monitoring and control. Up to six classrooms can be managed, monitored and recorded simultaneously.

Fifty-two Breakout Rooms line the entire Quadrangle, each furnished with unique collaboration tables and equipped with Sharp 52-inch LED LCD monitors and Crestron room scheduling systems. Smaller study rooms are available for recruiting interviews or team discussions.

All Classrooms and Breakout Rooms are managed from a 4-inch colour Crestron control panel for the purpose of room booking and room status communication.  The entire room booking system is run on a Crestron processor and software, and it is tied into the school’s Microsoft Outlook scheduling system.

Thirty-six Staff Meeting Rooms and seven open concept Student Lounges encourage students and faculty to relax, connect and collaborate, and are equipped with 70-inch Sharp monitors with local inputs. The large Cafeteria features digital signage using three 70-inch Sharp monitors to communicate with students and faculty.

Nine conference rooms, including two glass-enclosed conference rooms that are located over the finished main entrance and referred to as the “jewels”, each feature dedicated video conferencing systems, Christie projectors, Crestron automation systems with 15” touchscreen control panels, and audio systems with DSP.

The Dean’s Suite is an open concept space with glass enclosures to bring in natural light. The 20-seat capacity Latta Boardroom, featuring spectacular views of Western University and downtown London, is equipped with a 70-inch LED LCD monitor, three Christie Digital LW555 projectors with ceiling lifts, an audio system with DSP and wireless RevoLab microphone system, and a Crestron room automation system with touchscreen control panels.
Phase I of the newly constructed building was completed in summer of 2011 and many staff members and some graduate students began moving into the south & east corners of the squared building. Phase II (north & west corners) was completed in summer of 2013 and Ivey held its official grand opening on September 9, 2013.




Designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, the Richard Ivey Building at the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University won an Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) 2016 Award for Design Excellence.

The OAA awards recognize the innovative skill of Ontario architects in creating spaces, buildings and communities that respect and enhance the environment and enrich human activity.

See complete list of 2016 OAA Award Winners.

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