The Applied Science Center is the newest addition to the Ventura Community College campus. Acting as the gateway to the campus, the new building, designed by Gensler, consists of multiple technology-rich classroom and learning spaces. The Large Lecture Hall is a 210-seat venue sloping downward for excellent viewing of both presenter and video display. The room includes a large 12’ tall x 21’ wide projection screen that is used to display the classroom computer, wireless devices, the overhead ceiling document camera, room video cameras or Blu-ray movies with a high-lumen, high-resolution projector.
The space supports the presenter with a lecture microphone as well as a wireless lapel microphone which uses the ceiling speakers for equalized voice amplification throughout the space. For presentation audio support, the 7.1 surround sound system is used for computer and movie playback with two large subwoofers integrated within the front wall for a true cinema experience when used for Film Studies classes. Distance education is also supported by a recording appliance used in concert with the audio support and the three high-definition pan-tilt room cameras.
The Visualization Classroom is a specialty lab classroom that is used for 3D display of GIS modeling information on a fixed 8’ tall x 18’ wide rear projected glass screen. 3D Infrared emitters behind the screen and around the room allow for the display of active stereoscopic 3D materials when used with active eyewear. The large screen includes a 32-point simultaneous touch bezel, allowing presenters to touch and move the images around by interacting with the screen surface. A second screen can drop down and be used for standard classroom lecture or for the display of separate reference information used in the lab session. Tiered seating allows for easy viewing and with the low main screen, accommodates a true immersive experience for the individuals interactive with it.
The Career Technical Center is a flexible “maker” style space that can accommodate very large items such as machining equipment on its structural slab. A sturdy overhead structural system accommodates power and pneumatic services on retractable reels and overhead data connections mounted to the grid. Power and data around the room allow for additional flexibility in computer stations, 3D printers, or other equipment. The entry area has a small classroom space to support initial instruction prior to lab work.
Other areas in the building include the entry lobby which is the central area feeding into all classrooms, a box office and ticket-window, a dual screen 80-seat classroom and instructor offices.