IT Telecommunications, AV, & Security Design
With active Registered Communications Distribution Designers (RCDDs) on staff, ESP guides architectural design teams toward IT systems to meet today’s requirements and tomorrow’s need for growth. ESP integrates classroom technology such as AV presentation systems, electronic whiteboards, and audio enhancement with the building IT communications infrastructure. By considering these technologies from the first stages of educational programming, we can ensure school facilities that provide the learner, instructor and administrator with the space, infrastructure and environment to effectively utilize technology.
ESP prides itself on its ability to bridge the gap between educational design concepts, technology utilization, and it’s impact on school design. With a strong commitment to standards-based communications design and participation in industry organizations, such as CEFPI and BICSI, our designers concentrate on a structured cabling system to support voice, video, data, AV presentation, and security systems. The following systems are typically included in ESP’s technology planning and IT design scope of services:
- Telecommunication rooms and pathways,
- Local area network electronics,
- Telephone equipment,
- Video distribution system,
- Integrated classroom A/V equipment,
- Intercom and master clock systems,
- Intrusion detection,
- Access control system,
- CCTV surveillance systems, and
- Distributed antenna systems
ESP has formed a partnership with Acoustical Design Collaborative (ADC) of Towson, MD and now offers clients a broader more integrated technology Design Scope of Service. Acoustical consulting includes:
- Acoustic modeling for interior spaces,
- Sound isolation design to reduce transmission of airborne and structure-borne sound,
- Noise and vibration control to reduce noise and vibration from equipment, and
- Theatrical systems design to include large group audio-visual systems, stage rigging and lighting.
Facilities Planning & Learning Space Design
During the school design process ESP can assisted architects:
- Develop or tailor generic educational specifications,
- Develop educational program documents which include current educational trends and their impact on learning space and school design,
- In the schematic design “charette” process, and
- Layout learning spaces classrooms, science and technology labs, media centers and TV studios.
The Technology Utlilization Plan is intended to be a long range dynamic Strategic plan which focuses on the planned and systmatic integration of both administrative and instuctional technology in either an individual school or across a district. The Technology Utilization Plan can also be used to assist architect’s design of new and renovated schools by addressing:
- Instructional technology systems selection,
- Impact of technology use on learning space and school design, and
- Standards for voice, video, data and security systems.