The Distance Learning Classroom located in McLane Hall Room 280 is primarily used by the School of Nursing. In order to create this much-needed teaching space, two outdated classrooms were combined into one state-of-the-art lecture hall featuring tiered seating for 87 and distance learning technology. The space features automated lighting controls with integrated motorized black-out shades, built-in custom desks detailed with rich wood, and steel and etched glass to create an environment conducive to learning.
Cameras, lighting, and speakers are integrated into saw-tooth ceiling clouds that acoustically tune the room to minimize the need for amplification and minimize reverberation. A combination of perforated and un-perforated wood veneered paneling on the ceiling and walls elevates the architectural character of the space that had not been touched since it was constructed in the 1950s.
Accessibility was addressed by the construction of a ramp that allows disabled access to each level of the multi-tiered space. In addition to the Distance Learning Lecture Hall, the project also converted outdated storage space in McLane Hall into a simulation lab that expanded the clinical teaching capacity of the program.