The Hospital for Special Surgery is renowned worldwide for its research and numerous practices in orthopedics and rheumatology. When the top-ranked organization decided to upgrade the Richard L. Menschel Education Center (RLM Center) on its New York City Main Campus, it enlisted the design-build services of McCann Systems.
The RLM Center is comprised of three separate lecture spaces which can be combined to accommodate a large audience of over 300 attendees or arranged according to event necessity. Each space is designed with individual control over the presentation content and environmental elements, but can also be controlled from a nearby control room.
The largest of the divisible rooms features a Christie Digital Mirage WU7K-M Projector. The 3D DLP 6300 lumens projector ensures vibrant imagery regardless of ambient light levels. Presentations are displayed on a massive tensioned electric screen to ensure great sightlines from anywhere in the auditorium-style seating area. Microphones mounted at each audience participant’s seat allow for an interactive experience. Microphone activation and audio levels are managed from the nearby control room to eliminate feedback.
A custom podium was fabricated to house presentation elements locally for easy access. Dual displays give the presenter a clear view of demonstration materials while a Crestron touchpad provides effortless control. A gooseneck microphone is mounted at the podium to complete this all-in-one technology hub.
The remaining divisible rooms provide similar presentation capabilities with upgraded laser projectors and electric projection screens, easily hidden when not in use. Wireless microphones were integrated in these smaller spaces to allow for full audio functionality without hindering the versatile design of the space. Confidence monitors are strategically mounted for use during smaller demonstrations or for additional visual re-enforcement when the rooms are combined.
All of the AV technology in the RLM center is constantly monitored from two new control rooms, allowing staff to oversee multiple events simultaneously and provide audio communications between multiple technical event resources. Presentations, lectures, video conferencing, and webcasting are all run from these two control rooms each day. In addition, Crestron remote monitoring allows the control room to provide remote support to other audiovisual systems installed in the hospital.