SMARTdesks collaborates to revitalize Gallaudet University's Harkin Computer Lab
New Design and Synergistic Collaboration Revitalize Gallaudet University’s Harkin Computer Lab
At Gallaudet University, the on-campus Harkin Computer Lab meets the varied academic and resource needs of its student body every day.
A Need for Change
Collaborating on the Cloud: Gallaudet Creates a New Space
The accepted design opens up the main space for the Harkin Digital Commons. Instead of linear rows of computers, triangular Collab® Computer Conference Tables provide a more conducive workflow. With their equilateral design, the aisleways created by the shapes offer mobility and easier access to computers. The broad aisles conform to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for access everywhere in the space. When communicating in small groups, students can select a corner of the table to congregate around and spin an iMac into position to share the centrally located webcam.
Comprehensive Wire Management
Ergonomic Furniture Completes the Lab
With all of the triangular tables in the room, Gallaudet still needed some rectangular tables with built-in wire management. A line of Nesta™ tables was placed in front of the Harkin’s glass wall. This placement opens the room and gives easy access to the iMac® computer stations. The lighting from the windows sets up an aesthetic backdrop for the built-in web cams. Because studies have shown that people perform better and experience increased focus when standing, students work at these stations while on foot. Those who wish to sit may do so at the Collab® tables. Because churn rate is high in this area, the idea of standing for a short, focused time is a practical way of giving greater access to more students.
Teleconferencing for the 21st century
Piano Conference Tables
Piano is the signature SMARTdesks table. With configurations for five people and up, the Piano is sure to increase harmonious interaction between teams.
Nesta Flip Top Tables
Nesta Tables are easy to move and store. Tops flip up and tables store flush with one another. Available in three finish types, countless colors, with and without modesty panel, and a variety of optional power and data modules.