When the School of Music moved to the new Performing Arts Center, campus administrators turned to Hastings+Chivetta Architects for ideas on how vacated performance and practice space could be repurposed as technology-rich classrooms. In its pre-renovated condition, Tyrrell required significant life safety and ADA upgrades; a need for the replacement of windows, roofing and building systems; and restoration of leaded glass windows.
The extensive exterior/interior renovations and small addition to the three and a half-story structure have reorganized the building and transformed Tyrrell into one of the most important teaching facilities on campus. It is home to six state-of-the-art multimedia classrooms that support the application of new pedagogies and extend classroom interaction both near and far. Two classrooms accommodate seminars of 15 students; two classrooms are sized for 20 students; one classroom accommodates 30 students and the auditorium seats 108.
- Two-way video conferencing / distance learning
- Formal lecture capture
- Informal capture of class discussions and presentations
- Clicker response systems
- SMART boards and SMART podiums
- Three dimensional document cameras
- Blue-Ray/DVD players
- Other audio and video capabilities