The IT Services computer lab is undergoing an exciting remodel this semester. The new Active Learning Classroom required changing the layout of the computer lab, and IT Services decided to take the opportunity to remodel the area.
Work is on track to have the remodeled lab open by the end of the fall semester.
- A wall is being removed so the remaining space has a more open feel.
- There will be new carpet.
- The carpet wainscoting in the lab will be removed and the walls will be repainted.
- The ceiling tiles will be replaced and the fluorescent lights cleaned.
- New computer tables will be purchased. They will be a combination of traditional desks and bar-height desks with bar stool seating (similar to the cafeteria).
- A new employee desk with customer counter will be installed to serve as the home base for customer support.
- Two new wall monitors will display information about the lab, library, and campus.
- New sofas and chairs will be purchased to create two collaboration areas for students.
- The collaboration areas will each have a dedicated wall monitor, with an HDMI cable, for student use.
The Adaptive Technologies Lab will get new carpeting and paint, but it will remain mostly the same, since it was upgraded last year.
The computers used in the lab are “thin clients” that allow students to access a virtual Windows 10 desktop. The infrastructure supporting the virtual machines was upgraded this summer.
Computers moving into library lobby
While the IT Services space will have fewer computers because there is less space available after the addition of the Active Learning Classroom, the overall number of computers available to students will be the same. The computers that will not fit in the new lab space have been moved into the Ottenheimer Library lobby, and they provide the same virtual machine experience that students get in the lab.