Bringing York College into the 21st Century

Jamaica, Queens

The City University of New York (“CUNY”) commissioned our firm to upgrade the main lecture hall and a seminar room at York College in Jamaica, Queens.

These rooms no longer served the needs of the college: the seating was broken, lighting was inadequate, and audio-visual equipment was outdated. The College’s main auditorium space, which seats 229 persons, will also be rededicated as an important community space as a venue for local political meetings and community gatherings. The seminar room seats 76 persons.

York College Upgrades

The look of both rooms was completely renovated with new finishes and the ceiling re-shaped in both rooms for improved acoustics and aesthetics. The A/V equipment in each room was replaced with state-of-the-art equipment. A 219” LED video wall with two supplemental viewing monitors was installed in the main lecture hall, and a 114” rear projection screen with a supplemental interactive display for student participation was installed in the seminar room. Both rooms were equipped for remote learning capabilities with new speakers, cameras, and ceiling beam-forming microphones. New LED lighting is zoned, dimmable, and integrated with AV controls to simplify room setup for a variety of uses.

The seating in both York College rooms was replaced, with auditorium seating in the lecture room and seminar tables with swing-arm chairs in the seminar room. Every seat is provided with a power outlet and the auditorium seating provides tablets for laptops. Both rooms have been upgraded to current ADA standards and include assisted listening systems.