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The Space To Collaborate

Lehigh Valley Health Network continues to transform the health and well-being of people throughout the Lehigh Valley. The new, 17,000-square-foot One City Center is a high-tech sports medicine and fitness center available to high school athletes and the community. The space also serves as the training and rehabilitation facility for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms professional ice hockey team, whose home arena, PPL Center, is attached. For the large office space at One City Center, Vistacom was brought in to design and integrate over 50 Huddle Rooms for meeting and collaboration between athletes and their trainers.

The Huddle Rooms deployed for this space were intended to be highly flexible rooms with simple, user friendly and redundant technology. The challenge was to create an ergonomic environment which allowed the users simple and logical access to the equipment. The balance of high powered technology and a comfortable work environment was achieved with great success in these spaces. The participants sit comfortably around a small table equipped with both VGA and HDMI inputs. These inputs are routed to the CISCO conferencing system housed beneath the display. The use of hand held remotes vs third party control was analyzed and the end result was that the client was very familiar with the hand held remotes, and felt that they would work well for these spaces. Although the room has glass walls, which could pose an issue for the acoustics within, the selected use of acoustic materials provides an excellent result for audio during the video conferencing session. Stated Rich Mullen, senior account executive for LVHN, "These rooms really hit the mark for small collaborative and flexible meetings, which have become the standard for this hospital network."