In response to the City of Wyndham's need for a full-scale TAFE provider, the Gordon recently opened its new Watton Street Campus in Werribee. Located on the western edge of Melbourne, this campus is a big brother to the Werribee Learning Centre on Bridge Street. Wyndham region has experienced rapid population growth and urban expansion and is assumed to continue its growth trajectory for some time yet, so new services to support the community are essential.
MultiTek Solutions procured the 'Audio Visual Systems' contract for the new education facility, designing, supplying and installing all required Audio Visual equipment and infrastructure for operational systems in the building.
This modern building is split over three levels and has a range of multi-purpose classrooms and practical training zones. In consultation with the information systems staff at Gordon TAFE, MultiTek Solutions designed the AV systems for 13 of the rooms. A customised presentation broadcast area allows for 5 of the spaces to open up and become a single, homogeneous learning space.
Classrooms are fitted with individual inputs and touchscreens to enable inter-room collaboration and 'real' time broadcasting. The flexibility of a Crestron control and matrix system allows staff to open up these areas and broadcast their content to any of the five Epson projectors in any configuration. The distribution of sound in the same configuration is made possible through a ClearOne audio matrix. For full-scale functions and presentations microphones and other sources can be used through the system.
The integration of offsite monitoring was an essential component of the Watton Street brief. The 'satellite' campus was prudently designed to only require a minimal level of remote IT maintenance and AV support.
MultiTek Solutions created a separate "AV Network' within the building. All devices connect to this, providing staff with unparalleled flexibility and instant control of the system. Gordon TAFE staff have complete access to the network through their main Geelong site. An immediate time shot of each system is obtainable at the touch of a button, allowing for easy management.
The Watton Street Campus has given people more choice and flexibility on what and where they can study. MultiTek Solutions enjoyed participating in the development of this essential, new, modern facility. The new technology and systems installed by MultiTek Solutions at Watton Street will enable students to be more hands-on with their training in the pursuit of higher education. The opening of the new TAFE centre is great news for those living in and around the ever-expanding region of Wyndham.
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