Stanford Wallenberg Hall
BY DAN NELSON, CTS-D, RCDD
Stanford University in Stanford CA is home to some of America’s brightest young minds in the fields of engineering, computer and biological sciences, and many other disciplines. Stanford faculty and administrators are constantly seeking creative new ways to enable a more interactive and engaging learning experience inside the classroom, including making more contemporary media tools available to faculty and students.
The Stanford campus’s Wallenberg Hall is a dedicated facility for resource-rich learning spaces with the flexibility to handle more interactive and experimental types of teaching. The classrooms have been designed specifically for instruction in the context of up-to-date information and media technologies.
As part of bringing leading edge instructional technologies to Stanford, the Wallenberg Hall classrooms have now been designed and outfitted with wall display technologies in the same style of command and control center information display used at NASA Mission Control and other public sector agencies that require real-time updating and intelligence-gathering capabilities.
Wallenberg Hall, a 112-year-old building, was refurbished from 1999 to 2002, with the goal of being a “working laboratory” for advanced learning tools and technologies. As part of the redevelopment, the Wallenberg Hall Learning Theater was outfitted with three Christie projectors, each with a resolution of 1600×1200. The projectors could each display one input at a time, for a total of three individual simultaneous displays.
Although this was considered state-of-the-art-technology at the time, in recent years, interactive display screen technology has advanced far beyond what was possible in 1999. In 2012, the Wallenberg Foundation decided to sponsor an update to the Learning Theater’s technology to expand the possibilities of interactive classroom instruction. The Learning Theater was to be outfitted with a Christie MicroTiles high-resolution 32-foot-wide by 8-foot-high display wall, architected by staff in Stanford’s Office of the Registrar. It is controlled by Jupiter’s Fusion Catalyst 4000.