Feel the Power

Another week has passed for our new General Purpose Classroom renovation. Through the General Purpose Classroom project, we have gotten request of seminar style rooms with premium technology. Technology is becoming an essential component of teaching style and student learning. With students continually using more technology, we have chosen to offer new Legrand floor outlets to support the premium technology that will be included in these rooms. The floor outlets are a part of Legrand’s new Evolution Series. It combines a new model design which offers more options such as electric outlet, Ethernet cable conections and USB connections. This means the instructor can hardwire their own computer into the technology system without having to separate themselves from the students. Also the students can get power to their personal technology while at their workstations and connected to the class. The outlets have a flush metal cover with Legrand’s “e-coating” in many color and design options. All of these options make the outlet more durable. We believe these many options will improve the utilization of the class. Next week we are hoping to see our second coat of paint for the walls and technology cabinets!

 

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Modular vs. Broadloom Carpet

This week we got to decide on the pattern of our new modular carpet. Modular carpet is most commonly called carpet squares or carpet tiles. They come in just as many different designs as regular broadloom carpets. The following reasons are why modular carpet is more suitable for our space.

  • Easier handling and installation
  • Additional designs because of installation patterns
  • Better maintenance
  • Water resistant padding
  • Environmentally friendly

Modular carpet is typically offered in two sizes, 18″ X 18″ or 24″ X 24″. This means they can stack and ship modular carpet in boxes. One installation man can unload and move these boxes. Broadloom carpets are often shipped on rolls that are 12′ – 15′ long and 3′ – 5′ wide. This requires at least 2 installation men to unload and move. At the top of this blog is a picture of our two installation patterns. Modular carpet squares typically have many different installation patterns (above is an example of installation patterns for a carpet). Maintenance is also much easier for modular carpets. If there is a spilled drink in the classroom, the carpet that is effected can be pulled up and replaced. The replacement of a few squares of carpet is much cheaper than pulling up an entire room of carpet. Also the backing on modular carpet is made of vinyl. This protects the sub floor from water. In the long run there will be less deterioration or mold underneath our carpets. And lastly, modular carpet is typically made of recycled material and tiles in good condition can be relocated and reused making it more environmentally friendly than broadloom carpet.

Without any further ado, our room is coming together beautifully. The carpet was installed and now the room is looking more complete. I can’t wait until we get our technology and furniture in the rooms. Please enjoy the pictures!

 

Introducing Emily Jones & Construction Update

I am pleased to introduce the newest member of our GPC crew, Emily Jones! Emily was previously employed as our student assistant and returns as a replacement for Kristina Lusk. Kristina’s tenure with ASFR will end August 29th, as she leaves to finish her Master’s degree. Emily is graduating in May 2015 from TTU with her Bachelor of Interior Design. Please help us welcome Emily!

Hello, I am Emily Jones. I am very excited to start working at ASFR. I loved my time as a student assistant. Now, I am so excited to be starting ASFR full time. Yesterday, Kristina and I checked on construction. Our  new ceiling grid has been installed and all the zoned lighting is working. The new ceiling is dropped from the original height; however, because of the white tile the ceiling still seems high. The two toned colors on the wall also make the room feel spacious. Three holes were cored in the floor for power, one for the technology cabinet and the other two for students use. This option was chosen due to the furniture selection. This room is intended to be mobile with tables and chairs that can be configured for the specific pedagogy of the classes. Having the wires concealed underneath the floor reduces hassle and hazard of cable management on the floor. As a student assistant I visited the room before construction had started. I was so excited to see the progress from the past few months.

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Zoned Lighting

The lighting has been wired and zoned to allow flexibility with the amount of lighting in the room. There are four different zones available:

1. All lights on;

2. Center bulb of fixtures off, two outer bulbs of fixture on;

3. Center bulb of fixtures on, two outer bulbs of fixture off;

4. All lights off.

These zones are different than the ones normally found in GPCs. Since this room is for seminar/discussion style classes, there is not a need for the front row of lights to be off while the back sets are on and vice versa. This will allow for some different options while still providing adequate lighting to all areas of the rooms.

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