The F.I.T ALabs project was a design opportunity to reveal to the campus community the variety of different creative processes taking place at F.I.T. The project comprises 14 lab spaces, which are used for a range of activities including fragrance, fabric and dye testing to jewelry, shoe, toy and print design. Within the ALabs project, SHoP designed three computer classroom spaces that required specialized AV and IT interface with specific programs. The classrooms included a Video Editing Room interfaced with TV studio equipment such as video cameras, microphones and lighting and dimming controls, switcher, editing console, recorders, monitors and racks, with a capacity that includes live action editing and voice over. SHoP also designed a Haptic Computer Lab where students of the Toy Design program could utilize haptic software to digitally sculpt their forms. The haptic software interfaces with a 3D printer that directly translates their designs into physical prototypes. The spaces were designed to maximize natural daylight and visually connect the exhibition and circulation galleries to the lab spaces.
Because of the specialized nature of the project, the design team maintained a direst interface with the students, faculty, and facilities management staff throughout the project. SHoP also used its iRoom technology, a jobsite workspace that layers 3, 4, & 5D digital models to improve information management during the construction process and provides a virtual method to track progress.