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NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY – Chicago, Illinois
Working with VOA Associates of Chicago, practical solutions were developed for sound sensitive spaces; including a large lecture hall, executive boardroom, classrooms, teaching laboratories, and observation suites. Of particular concern was the isolation of rooftop-mounted heating and air conditioning equipment, and quieting the complex HVAC equipment serving science spaces. TALASKE also assisted in the design and implementation of lecture capture systems in each unique lab and classroom arrangement. Cost: $45M. Completion: 2014.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Stantec (formerly VOA Associates Inc)

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME SCHOOL OF LAW, CHICAGO CAMPUS – Chicago, Illinois
TALASKE assisted with the acoustic design for the distance learning classrooms of Notre Dame’s School of Law in Chicago. The design included a lecture space and seminar room fully equipped for lecture capture. Design considerations included control of noise from building HVAC services, as well as from nearby road and rail traffic sources, selection and arrangement of acoustical finishes for speech clarity, and design for acoustic isolation between acoustically sensitive spaces. Cost: n/a. Completion: 2013.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT:  Stantec (formerly VOA Associates Inc.)

TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE CAMPUS – Fort Worth, Texas
The new college campus in Fort Worth is the anchor project in the Trinity River redevelopment plan. The 11-building campus literally bridges the existing downtown to a new Uptown development in the Trinity River flood plain. This project includes 400,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories, conference rooms, offices and a library. Cost: $234M. Completion: 2009.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Bing Thom Architects with Gideon Toal

ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY – Chicago, Illinois
IIT planned a multiyear, multiphase classroom renovation to nine hallmark buildings on campus. The main goal was to provide audio and video upgrades to dozens of classrooms and auditoria. Several spaces were earmarked as distance learning classrooms that would allow professors and students to connect to remotely located classes at the college’s other campuses. IIT commissioned our consultants to create uniform audio and video standards and prepare bid packages for this new audio and video work. Acoustics work addressed intelligibility for distance learning functions. Cost: n/a. Completion: 2009.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Interactive Design, Holabird & Root; and IIT Facilities Department

ANNIE MAY SWIFT HALL, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY – Evanston, Illinois
Originally built 1895, this building was renovated for the School of Communication. The Radio/Television/Film and Performance Studies departments are housed in spaces historically restored and retrofitted for new technology. The auditorium was transformed into a contemporary teaching space with video screening, lecture and audio/visual capabilities. A flexible teaching lab provides a small theatre workshop with basic production features, and seminar rooms accommodate video screening and conference activities. Cost: $7.5M. Completion: 2007.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECTS: AECOM and Harboe Architects
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO SOUTH CAMPUS MIXED USE – Chicago, IL
This $80 million multi-use campus redevelopment includes a 3,000-seat convocation center, academic facilities for the music center, a 750-bed residence hall and related facilities. TALASKE provided consulting to develop a building program and feasibility analysis for the entire project, as well as services for development of the student residence with common areas and classroom facilities. Cost: n/a. Completion: 2007.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: HOK (Feasibility & Programming); Vasilko Hauserman & Associates in coordination with HOK (Residence Hall)

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS TELEPLEX – New Orleans, Louisiana
The New Orleans Teleplex houses recording, monitoring, postproduction and broadcast facilities for the University of New Orleans (UNO), an NPR affiliate radio station, and two local public television stations. The Teleplex helped anchor the development of the UNO Research and Technology Park, representing a forward-thinking partnership between academia and local industry. Cost: $15M. Completion: 2006.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Mathes Brierre Architects

ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF BUSINESS – Normal, Illinois
The College of Business is designed as a state-of-the-art facility to help prepare students to pursue their professional goals. Acoustic, audio and video systems designs for the 117,000-square-foot, 31-classroom facility include an executive boardroom, a 200-seat auditorium and distance learning classrooms for video conferencing and a variety of electronic multimedia functions. Cost: $25M. Completion: 2004.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: VOA Associates Incorporated

DUKE ELLINGTON BALLROOM, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY – DeKalb, Illinois
This large multipurpose ballroom, used for events with audiences of 2,000, was renovated to improve the acoustics and replace aging audio-visual systems. Upgrades to the stage and control booth, placement of speakers in the ceiling and six new video screens improved sound and sight problems in this historic community resource. Cost: $970,000. Completion: 2003.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Loebl Schlossman & Hackl

ORTHOPAEDIC LEARNING CENTER – Rosemont, Illinois
The Orthopaedic Learning Center’s Education and Conference Center is a not-for-profit medical education support organization. The facility includes lecture classrooms, bioskills laboratories and surgery demonstration areas. TALASKE provided planning services for noise control ventilation systems and room acoustics. Cost: n/a. Completion: 1995.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE

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