Perelman School Of Medicine Case Study

[Music] The future of medicine is not learning in silos anymore. Technology is mission critical. Technology is everything for the students. That’s something that our alumni are interested
in and that it is a trend in medical education. We sit on a University campus with lots of
other schools: the Nursing students, the Pharmacy students the Social Work School with their
Social Work students. The concept is a team approach to taking care
of patients and to be a really good team you have to: work in the team, you have to learn
about each other, you have to understand how other people think about the same kind of
issue. When you do that it means you have to have
space that is very flexible. I oversee classroom technology services and
video production. Of course when you are building a new building,
IT and classroom technology and storage is the last thing that architects or designers
ever think about. We got into what other kinds of technology
was available and heard about the DIRTT technology which, truthfully we had never heard about
before. Once we saw it, we never turned back. We have a lot of different components connected
to these screens so there are a lot of devices that are really tucked inside of the DIRTT
wall infrastructure really it’s accessible to get to taking a simple tool and popping
off the panels. We don’t think we will ever move those walls
but the incorporation of the technology was really a superior solution to what we could
have done in drywall. My name is Shannon Campbell and I was the
project manager. One of the benefits of using the system was
the ICE system where as we made changes it was realtime in the system. Just having it be the quick turn around from
a drawing perspective was very nice. I was around the Country with the development
team, a number of places where we have a number of alumni and also friends of the University of Penn
and the School of Medicine, and although you can show them pictures, you know pictures are pictures, there’s something about the 3D as you are moving through it that really gives them a sense
of the enormity of the space and how everything integrates together. It was like, “Woah. this is really something.” Every room was named within a 6 month time. When we had the ribbon cutting, everybody
wanted to take pictures of themselves with their families in these rooms. We decided to go with a prefabricated modular
system for the job one because of timing, we were in a bit of a crunch. Two, we didn’t have to worry about staging
multiple different types of materials. We brought in only what we needed when we needed it. I was a project manager for L.F. Driscoll Company
who were the Construction Managers on the project We had to design, get it fabricated and on
site in a pretty tight timeframe. We had a milestone date that we had to get
finished by inorder to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the school of Medicine. At the end of the project that was when the
time really shortens and you are really in crunch time so having these prefab walls and
the ability to have all the electrical and AV built into the walls before they showed
up to the site was a huge benefit to the project. From an install perspective just from working
with AV integrators, they just love the idea cause that’s the biggest part of the install
process, “how do we make this look clean?” “how do we make this look seemless?” Then from a service stand point how do you actually get access to the devices and so with this
concept it just made absolute sense. One of the reasons that the schedule was challenging
was that the decision to go to DIRTT walls was made while the progress and project was
already ongoing. I think, looking back on it had we maybe looked
at this solution from the beginning, I think it would have made things easier. We worked great as a team, got it coordinated
and designed and fabricated and they showed up and it was pretty seemless. I don’t want to seem a bit over-confident
but this is the room of the future. We are doing tours now and all the feedback
we are getting is that we got this right. Anywhere from video streaming to video conferencing,
video taping, collaboration, multi-layouts, you cover the gammet. The students love the space. It’s flexible, can be used in multiple ways
and works all the time and then faculty who come over to teach tell us “I’m never going
back to another space on campus. I only want to teach here.” So it’s been a win win win for everything that
we have done here. It takes your breath away when you see students
really around the computers and all working together and all working on different things
and the teachers all walking around you realize, man this is really good. This is good. [Music]

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