Tulsa Community College – Center for Creativity
Inspired by the need to better prepare students for real-life work environments and the burgeoning demand for online education, the faculty designed new curriculum and method of delivery that embraces telecommunications, digital television, advanced multi-media design and internet communications.
To create this 50,000 SF transformational education facility in support of TCC’s new pedagogy, The Sextant Group was part of the design team since its early inception. Through a series of on-site Technology Visioning and Virtual Benchmarking workshops, conceptual systems were developed to guide the design of the building itself.
INTERNET RADIO STUDIOS with broadcast console and specialized computer for digital audio production enable dissemination of live and recorded content. The Radio Classroom is also a teaching lab and studio where instruction enhanced by an audiovisual presentation system. Specialized student computer workstations are outfitted for digital audio production, with large screen display of video and computer sources.
TELEVISION STUDIOS with multi-camera production capabilities were designed as flexible spaces for a variety of broadcast scenarios. A separate Academic Production Studio provides a customized teaching environment for student instruction. A series of editing bays support non-linear video editing and post-production of pre-recorded multimedia content via professional video production computers and software in a physical space large enough for additional personnel to participate in sessions.
CONVERGED MEDIA LABS for Graphic Design, Digital Video and Web Design seat up to 15 students each, all equipped with wide-screen projection and audio reinforcement. An additional Newspaper Room functions as a student workroom as well as instructional space, and also contains a flat panel display for broadcast and cable news.
DISTANCE LEARNING FACILITIES include a 16-person multimedia presentation theatre that also functions as synchronous videoconferencing facility. Two more full-featured suites enable instructor and students to easily videoconference with remote locations.
FLAT-FLOOR EVENT SPACE allows for flexible seating configurations for up to 250 participants, and is enhanced with multi-source computer and video presentation technologies, touch panel controls, integrated retractable wide-screen projection, and wireless radio-frequency hearing assist system.