This past summer the Departments of Facilities and Information Technology joined forces to upgrade the Jubilee Hall Auditorium, transforming it into a welcoming, full-scale, multi-use space. Despite the scope of this project, both departments worked around the clock to meet the goal of completing the room in time to welcome back students for the fall semester.
Upon entering the Auditorium, you will notice some aesthetic enhancements to the space. Michael Marconi, Project Manager, Facilities Engineering, used the renovation as an opportunity to update the previous orange and green color scheme with calming blues and grays; tying the Seton Hall colors into the design. Eco-friendly LED lighting now brightens the space. The outdated seating was replaced and power added at every seat, allowing students to charge their laptops and devices while attending lectures and classes. Additionally, ADA compliant seats were added providing those with disabilities a comfortable place to sit and learn. The stage was also updated and refaced and is now the home to a beautiful new ADA compliant lectern.
In addition to the visual transformation, the auditorium also went through a massive technical upgrade with the help of Eva Rosmaninho, Director of Media Services, Information Technology. A user-friendly touch screen panel allows presenters to turn the system on and easily select their desired presenting location. The stage now has eight microphone locations and six display connections. Before the renovation, only two such locations existed. Similar to all the classrooms, the auditorium is now equipped with wireless display and connections for display. Additional wireless access points were installed allowing more people to connect without the risk of internet speeds slowing down. An increase of cameras allows for the flexibility of Lecture Capture and web conferencing in the space. In the technology booth, the outdated VCR system was removed and replaced with a sleek new Blue Ray player. An 8.2 Surround Sound system was installed and provides clear, crisp, intelligible sound no matter where you sit in the theatre. 12 assisted listening devices have also been purchased and are available upon request.
With the transformation of the auditorium complete, we hope the University Community sees all the new space has to offer. It is no longer just a lecture hall, but a true event space that is easy to use and welcoming to guests. Although designed to be turn-key, full-scale events may still require assistance from a Media Services Technician. Any questions regarding the Auditorium or if you are interested in hosting an event in the space, please contact Media Services via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.