Penola Catholic College is a Catholic, co-educational regional secondary college in the Josephite tradition of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Established in 1995 and set on 27 acres across two campuses (Broadmeadows and Glenroy), it serves the north-western region of Melbourne.
Recently the College has undergone some refurbishments and added new buildings. In the new McCormack Centre for Year 9 students, College staff wanted to have the most effective, latest teaching technology that would be user friendly and adaptable to the varied styles of teaching.
DIB Australia was called upon to design and install audio visual equipment for their 10 classrooms, seminar room and the Nexus Foyer. However, the building project was well underway and DIB Australia had to work quickly to ensure a tidy and user friendly design. The very high ceiling of the Nexus Foyer meant that there was lots of natural light and this needed to be taken into consideration during their design stage.
DIB Australia worked very closely with the College’s Property Manager, ICT Manager and their architects, Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects, to finalise all the small details. They started by the demonstration of the latest in teaching technology – the Epson EB-1410Wi Meeting Mate interactive projector. Once the College had settled on that as their core product, DIB Australia proceeded to review the building’s site elevations and other documentations to get power, data and AV services located correctly so that it was practical for users and aesthetically pleasing. DIB Australia created AV services elevations for each room to ensure that both the College and builder were aware and coordinated. Power and data for projectors ran through the roof space and adjustments were made to their planned whiteboard sizes to allow them to have plenty of usable whiteboard whilst running the interactive projector.
In the Nexus Foyer, DIB Australia designed a unique long throw projector solution with an Epson EB-G6050W which shoots diagonally across their open space in the middle of the building and makes use of a wall behind a small stage to create an effective AV space. The unique design leaves the space uncluttered with no big projectors or AV hanging from the ceiling. The seminar room was installed with a 60” Sony Pro Bravia monitor for full HD images. All systems feature control panels (Epson & JED T430) and audio.
The McCormack Centre was also fitted out with OneLan digital signage. Four 46” & 55” Philips Full HD LCD commercial screens were used. The simplicity of operation for the users and high quality signage was a winner with the College.
Overall Penola Catholic College have a beautifully designed building with AV which is simple to use. Property Manager, John Gribble, received very positive feedback from staff. They have found special functions of the EB-1410Wi such as interactivity without the need for a connected laptop handy as well as being able to save annotations to server or USB. DIB Australia’s attention to detail and high quality finish was truly appreciated by the College.
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