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Griffith University G40

Expanding their Gold Coast campus, Griffith made their largest investment in a single building in its 40 year history, with the Griffith Health Centre. The Centre includes a 600-seat auditorium, a 250-seat lecture theatre, and a range of other teaching and general access computing spaces, as well as a restaurant and shops.

The challenge

Since opening its doors in 1975, Griffith University has come to be regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions and one of the most influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Expanding their Gold Coast campus, Griffith made their largest investment in a single building in its 40 year history, with the Griffith Health Centre. 

The Centre includes a 600-seat auditorium, a 250-seat lecture theatre, and a range of other teaching and general access computing spaces, as well as a restaurant and shops. The new building also hosts a number of the University’s clinics including a 96-chair dentistry clinic, and facilities for psychology and dietetics, exercise therapy and social work.

With the Health Department’s move from the old GH1 location at the Gold Coast Hospital to the new G40 Building, the original decision to relocate a lot of older hardware was vetoed, and new hardware and technologies were to be incorporated into the design.

The Solution

Griffith University''s Health Department required AV services to a number of different medical practices spread across the 10 story facility. 

Thirty-three Infocus Mondopads were installed to be available for use by students, academics, and internal staff. These multi-touch high definition displays allow participants in the room and around the world to present, annotate and collaborate using video conferencing, interactive whiteboard, and document annotation capabilities. 

Seating 600 people, the main lecture theatre was designed to provide multiple functions including lectures, video conferences and cinema presentations. Two Christie digital high brightness professional projectors were implemented and edge blending processing used to create an ultra wide image with no compromise to image quality. 

The expectation was that the visual delivery system be based on a completely digital transport system, without the use of DA converters. An AMX DVX system was implemented in both the 250 and 600 seat auditoriums, supporting full HD 1080p digital signals. 

A cinematic Bose 5.1 speaker system and a Bose Panarray system flown from the ceiling were installed in the front of house position providing immersive audio throughout the lecture theatre. To maximise space and maintain room functionality, the majority of the AV systems and programming are housed in a re-locatable lectern. 

The smaller 250 seat auditorium was a scaled down version of the main lecture theatre, also featuring dual projection systems and a distributed ceiling speaker system to provide even coverage of sound throughout. 

The Governor General opened the centre in July 2013, which provided only a 2 month time frame from project award to delivery, making this one of the fastest projects of this scale and complexity to be delivered by Videopro.

the technology

  1. 33 x Infocus MondoPads to enable students to collaborate and share ideas. At the end of a meeting the content from the meeting can be easily saved and shared amongst the group
  2. AMX DVX System to enable the distribution and management of digital and legacy analogue content and provide control of AV devices and lighting
  3. Bose Pannaray System for high definition digital audio playback
  4. 2 x Christie Digital Projectors that provide an extended display canvas that can be utilised for dual screen purposes or one large image

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