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SMARTdesks worked with Florida Architects to make custom active learning furniture for this entire project. The 93,500 square foot facility promotes innovative partnerships across key sectors of business, industry, government and education within a "future-forward" framework. It functions as a talent pipeline with training and programs directly targeting the local skills gap, leading to lucrative careers in advanced technologies.

The ATC showcases all of the academic programs and entrepreneurial opportunities that are available in this new, history-making facility.

"We are excited to have this game-changing facility completed and opened for students," said Dr. Jim Kerley, GCSC President. "We believe this facility will help attract new high-tech, high paying jobs to our area and are pleased to share the finished product with our region. We extend a special invitation for everybody to join us as we celebrate the top ATC in the country."

Read and download the published story from Private University and Product News.

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This collaboration space began with flipIT®

Nick Page, Ed Technology IT for University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business evaluated flipIT® and loved the way the display is actually mounted into the desktop. Screens give full visualization of the large displays used in collaboration groups, making it easy to take advantage of the intuitive controls used to permit any screen in class to be selected for display on any screen. Mendoza's Data Visualization Collaboration Space has total flexibility to not only control a single presentation for the 70-seat classroom, but it also permits local control of eleven simultaneous sessions in full break-out. The space has scheduled free time for individual and small groups to work ad hoc to prepare for class sessions.

"We wanted students to focus on the 'what,' not the 'how'. The technology and software choices meld with the furniture and interior design for a superior user experience. We couldn't be more pleased."

—Nick Page, Educational Technology IT Manager, University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business

To facilitate technology integration, SMARTdesks® customizes each table specifically for the technologies and communication techniques envisioned for the space.

Floor plans and project management support are included. Call us or visit online and we can discuss your next project.

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SMARTdesks collaborates to revitalize Gallaudet University's Harkin Computer Lab

At Gallaudet University, the on-campus Harkin Computer Lab meets the varied academic and resource needs of its student body every day. To upgrade the existing computer lab and maximize learning potential, SMARTdesks recently designed and installed a "future proof" digital commons and video teleconference suite.

Federally chartered in 1864 under the Lincoln administration, Gallaudet University's longstanding mission is to provide the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and heard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Its programs and teaching methods prepare Gallaudet students to succeed in a highly competitive, technological and changing world. SMARTdesks upgrades to the Harkin Computer lab fit with the university mission with the overarching goal to upgrade the Harkin Digital Commons applying furniture design that offers flexibility to accommodate ever-changing technologies.

To facilitate technology integration, SMARTdesks® customizes each table specifically for the technologies and communication techniques envisioned for the space.

Floor plans and project management support are included.

Call us or visit online and we can discuss your next project.

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SMARTdesks Pi Collaboration Tables Energize Folsom High's New Active Learning Classroom

Folsom High School replaces a dedicated computer lab with an Active Learning Classroom featuring SMARTdesks Pi collaborative learning tables and a Quark mobile standing desk-podium for teacher– Ms. Cavanaugh. SMARTdesks collaborated with teachers and school administrators to design an open plan classroom environment that has revitalized students' interactive learning experiences.

Folsom's project leader, Ms. Cavanaugh said, "What the SMARTdesks allow me to do, for the first time in 20 years, is to get rid of 'the front of the room.' I love being able to teach from any part of my classroom and the movement and flow of the extra space around the desks allow me to get to the students quicker than in my old lab. Students feel like they are the focus of the room."

Student feedback on their new learning space has also been overwhelmingly positive. Senior Dane Leineke was impressed with not only the quality of SMARTdesks' new technology furniture, but also feels a renewed sense of enthusiasm to learn. He said, "I've had Ms. Cavanaugh for three years now. Before the changes to her classroom, it was dull and boring – nothing special. Now, every day I step into her classroom, I feel like I'm a Google employee arriving for another day on the job."

To facilitate technology integration, SMARTdesks® customizes each table specifically for the technologies and communication techniques envisioned for the space.

Floor plans and project management support are included. Call us or visit online and we can discuss your next project.

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The Making of the Carlyle Computer Lab: an Active Learning Classroom

Don Bosco Cristo Rey (DBCR) High School and Corporate Work Study Program of Takoma Park, Maryland, minted their brand-new university level Carlyle Computer Lab. In collaboration with designers at the technology, furniture, and ergonomics integration company SMARTdesks, DBCR leaders brought a brand new learning space to life, and one that promises to prepare students for college and the workplace.

SMARTdesks met these technology needs by installing a new, more sophisticated interior environment. As Mr. Korber acknowledged, "The buildings that we use today generally do not fit the collaborative mode or the layout that includes wiring, moveable power, and flexibility. And the key word here I think is flexibility, because when I look at space, it's pretty much fixed. So, one of the things that I think is really important is: how do you take fixed space and make it flexible?"

According to SMARTdesks Director of Design Michele McHenry, by placing the students along opposing walls and in a back-to-back linear desk configuration down the center of the room, each student has a direct view of at least one wall mounted monitor for presentation and training purposes. As the project evolved, she noted how "Father Steve became a partner in the design process to make this a highly effective design for the school." Ms. McHenry, Mr. Korber, and Father Steve met consistently over the course of the project, addressing issues from computer size to spacing of the power management outlets and monitor placement.

Read the entire article published in Private University and Products news.

See also, the story about installing FFIT Floor for flexible, underfloor power and data distribution for the space.

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The Making of the Carlyle Computer Lab: SMARTdesks FFIT Computer Floor

DBCR's school is an old building – quite far, design-wise, from the advanced technology centers of today. As SMARTdesks President/CEO Jeffrey Korber reflected, "The speed of access to information has increased at exponential rates in the last twenty years, and that drives the need for the interior environment that gives the end-user access to equipment and to utilize its benefits. But at the same time, it presents architectural challenges."

Bringing tidy and efficient cable management to the Carlyle Computer Lab presented said challenge, and SMARTdesks Furniture + Furniture Integration Technology (FFIT) elegantly provided a comprehensive solution. FFIT provides a raised access floor system that covered the existing floor, with strategically located outlets to power each workstation in the room. In addition, because the FFIT outlets are easily moveable, the outlets can be rearranged throughout the room if necessary.

Read the entire article published in Private University and Products news.

Learn more about FFIT Computer Floor.

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