The first challenge, one that many universities face, was that all four walls in Room 58 were brick. That didn’t make the design process any easier (as everything would need to be surface-mounted). The goal here was to make the installation still look slick, knowing much of the hardware would still need to be mounted on the outside walls, directly on the surface. Challenge number two was to provide cutting-edge technology that could be hidden. Faculty wanted a clean-looking room that would not be intimidating but still provided all the desired features. Lastly, the goal was to integrate collaboration technology in a way that met the students and professor where they were — not the other way around. In higher education, students want to learn in ways that aren’t one-sided, while teachers want their students to contribute to projects with others inside and outside the classroom in real time. It’s not about sitting behind a desk anymore. It’s about finding ways to engage even the shyest participant to chime in. The anchor to all of this? AV technology, the heart of the collaboration classroom. The team at UNC wanted to build a classroom that was affordable, scalable and, yes, collaborative — but, at the same time, simple for instructors to get up and running.