Extron AV Switching, Sound, and Control Systems Empower Collaborative Learning at Flintridge Prep
The Bachmann Collaboration Building is a laboratory for experimentation, but its technology needed to be vetted, reliable, and proven practical, so we went with products and solutions from Extron.
Flintridge Preparatory School in Southern California is recognized as one of the top 25 private preparatory schools in the US. Serving grade levels 7-12, the school instills leadership skills and deeper understanding across multiple disciplines. Their classrooms, labs, studios, workshops, and study spaces are enhanced with professional-grade AV systems and students use their personal mobile devices for interactive cooperation. The new Bachmann Collaboration Building is modeled on this concept.
To facilitate creativity and team-based problem solving, each learning and meeting space in the new building needed a reliable, high-performance yet economical AV presentation system with intuitive system control. The administration brought in ClearTech Media to deploy AV switching, audio, and control products from Extron.
The new three-story building adds 17,500 square feet of instructional space to the Flintridge Prep campus with a concentration on science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics, collectively known as STEAM. Smart technologies support the school’s emphasis on collaboration with peers and tie together the many resources into complete AV presentation systems.
One or more large screen displays are installed to match the size and function of each space. These include an Epson® BrightLink® interactive projector with a Da-Lite® IDEA™ whiteboard screen and one or more Samsung® Flip 2 65" interactive 4K LCD displays. Source signals originate from computers, Apple® TV, campus-standard media products, and connected HDMI, USB, and network devices. Sources and AV equipment are rack-mounted within the room. They occupy less than half of the wood-finished 20 RU rack, providing open shelving as landing space for a laptop, mobile devices, and hardcopy reference materials.
To enable flexible AV capability within each room, the design team chose Extron scaling presentation switchers, DTP® Series transmitters and receivers, SoundField® speakers, and Pro Series or MediaLink® Plus control products.
Extron High Performance AV Switching & Distribution over Economical CATx Cable
The Extron presentation switchers distribute the desired signals to each display and scale the images to match the native resolution of each display device. The integrated Vector® 4K scaling engine plus EDID management and HDCP-compliant technologies provide the essential fast switching and optimal display of source content required in the Bachman Collaboration Building.
Rooms such as Maker Space 102, Meeting Room 202, and Classroom 306 have an AV system built around the
Teachers and students alike are able to create polished presentations with animated slides, logo keying, and stylized transitions between slides to hone their professional skills. Content is sent to a DTP receiver mounted with each display device. This Extron receiver had already proven reliable across campus, and its sturdy 1" high enclosure fit easily above projectors and behind displays. A DTP four-input HDMI switcher with integrated DTP transmitter is mounted under or within the furniture to provide local switching at tables, lecterns, and workstations. It is mounted discreetly beneath the table surface or within the furniture. Automatic switching among the active sources streamlines operation.
Within the larger spaces such as the Student Leadership Meeting Room and Global Research Classroom 207, the Extron IN1808 eight-input scaling presentation switcher with a DTP2 output provides routing of AV and control signals. Ethernet ports enable comprehensive control of the endpoints and attached devices without needing additional equipment. It provides analog inputs for legacy devices. It also includes two mic/line inputs with mixing, built in audio switching, and other audio processing features. Microphone ducking is automatic, which further streamlined AV system operation.
Extron Ceiling & Sound Bar Speakers Enhance Communication and Collaboration
The sound reinforcement system consists of Extron speakers in a variety of form factors to suit the different environments. The speaker type and quantity depended on ceiling construction, room size, and usage. ClearTech integrated Extron
In meeting spaces such as Meeting Room 203 and Teacher Meeting Room 303, an Extron
Extron Control Products Provide User-Friendly System Operation for Teachers and Students
Flintridge Prep required intuitive, responsive AV system control so as not to stymie student creativity or bog down interactions. The design team chose the Extron
For touch control of a room’s AV system, an Extron
Flintridge Prep's new $14.2 m Bachmann Collaboration Building with learning and meeting spaces outfitted with high-performance AV systems have proven to be quite successful. The environments not only facilitate collaboration but stimulate innovation among the students. The rooms with Extron products and technologies empower students to learn and combine their skills, talents, ideas, and resourcefulness as a team. This facility ensures that Flintridge Prep graduates are well prepared for leadership roles across a vast array of STEAM-related fields and organizations.