Borough of Manhattan Community College’s (BMCC) original Fiterman Hall was irreparably damaged on 9/11 when World Trade 7 fell against it. The rebuilt Miles and Shirley Fiterman Hall houses a fine arts center, approximately 150 classrooms and computer lab spaces, a public café, library spaces, music ensemble rooms, and a rooftop conference center.
Technology Integrator VCA was selected to design and install Audio Visual and Display systems in the 14-story Fiterman Hall. The size, scope, and number of people involved created multiple challenges. The building of Fiterman Hall coincided with the heavy rebuild period of One World Trade, creating logistical challenges for deliveries, trade arrival, etc. Because the rooms were being integrated as the building was completed, this was a multiphase project stretched out over two and a half years. All the equipment was purchased by the Dormitory Authority of New York at the onset of the project, and warehoused at VCA’s facility in Somerset, NJ.
Each of the approximate 150 classrooms of Fiterman Hall was outfitted with an Extron MLC classroom bundle and an NEC projector. The classrooms were equipped with connectivity for the instructor’s laptop to be shared to the front projection system.
A three-way divisible multipurpose room is located on the thirteenth floor of Fiterman Hall, offering the potential for six separate conference rooms. VCA integrated five internal audio floor plates in this space providing audio input to the main divisible system; additionally, the three main rooms were equipped with 8 floor plates sending audio and video to the main system. The system had the flexibility to provide one audio source to all six rooms for a large presentation system, or trim the system back to three independent rooms for full AV presentations. Crestron touch panels controlled the entire system. A two-way divisible multipurpose room on the fourteenth floor offered the same flexibility, on a smaller scale, as the space on the thirteenth floor.
Three large ensemble areas, used for music instruction, were outfitted with large format NEC projectors and JBL speakers for sound reinforcement. Fiterman Hall was also appointed with a network of monitors that display information such as classroom scheduling. VCA integrated a non-emergency public address system throughout the building.
The Fiterman Hall project required extensive communication, coordination, and scheduling between VCA, BMCC, and construction trades, as well as working around the One World Trade construction schedule. The end result was a well-executed design and installation, providing BMCC with user-friendly, interactive technology in a variety of classrooms.