Haines 118 After Renovation

Continued Collaborative Efforts for Amazing Classroom Renovations

CAT Learning Spaces has reached a milestone with their Summer Renovations in 2019!  This is the fifth consecutive year that their partnership with Facilities Management and the Department of Project Management (DPM) have successfully collaborated on renovation projects. Ten newly designed rooms brings the number of renovated rooms to 73 overall.  While summer is the most active time for the Learning Spaces Design team, it takes an entire year from the first day of Fall’s zero week to plan and coordinate the renovations.

Here is a quick description of the process from the first day of Fall quarter. After the Design team, led by Daniel Bustos, completes the Audio Visual Upgrades in each of the rooms, the Audio Visual Services (AVS) team, led by Chris Dutton, takes instructors through the new setup. If any issues are found, AVS tries to find the best accommodation for the instructor, which is usually a new accessory needed for the instructor’s own laptop. Classrooms are closely monitored for the rest of the year for any issues, with the introduction to these rooms repeating with each new quarter. For the remaining three months of the year, Facilities, DPM, and Manager of Learning Spaces, Rob Rodgers, meet to discuss the next set of rooms to be renovated. The new year starts off with a final decision on the building, which rooms to be renovated, and what the renovation will entail. Winter quarter wraps up with a rough design of each room; Spring brings about the finalization of their design; Summer takes on all of the approved work. Once completed, the cycle starts again.

Rob Rodgers was asked about the milestone and he said, “This year we expanded the concept of Active Learning to larger spaces, giving faculty the opportunity to promote student interaction in lecture halls. In future years, we hope to enable the same pedagogical concepts in auditoriums.”

Rob Rodgers and Daniel Bustos would like to thank the entire Design team for their perseverance over these last five years: Nivi Chandra, Rene Lopez, John Lisiewicz, Mark Baquirin, and Jonathan Castro. A special thanks to the team at AVS for handling and highlighting professor needs: Chris Dutton, Juan Halcon, Brett Roller, Don Roby, Bobby Parker, Paul Park, Abigail Foster, and all of the student workers!

New Active Learning Resource Guide with Learning Space Upgrades

CAT’s Learning Spaces, Design and Maintenance (LSDM) unit completed physical and audio visual system upgrades for the classrooms listed below over the summer. Our Faculty Development team created a downloadable resource guide with information about how instructors can leverage these renovations to take advantage of evidence-based strategies that enhance teaching and learning at the college level.


  • Royce 154 and 162: every other row of seats swivels to facilitate small group discussions and activities.
  • Royce 148: chairs on casters and tables on sliders to allow for flexible seating arrangements (pairs, small groups, seminar).
  • Haines 118 and 220: every other row of seats swivels to facilitate small group discussions and activities; dual projection (duplicate or split screen).
  • Bunche 1209B and 2209A: dual projection (duplicate or split screen); increased front space for movement, student presentations, panel discussions, or other activities.

CAT’s Learning Spaces – Classroom Technology, Design and Maintenance Upgrades La Kretz 110

Classroom Technology, Design and Maintenance (CTDM) completed an Audio Visual system upgrade to La Kretz 110.

La Kretz 110 is one of the largest classrooms on the south side of campus with a capacity of 351 seats and was the first auditorium to receive a dual projection system in 2009. Since the room is heavily used by classes and events throughout the year, CTDM technicians had been looking for the appropriate window to upgrade the AV system without having to take the room offline from scheduling.

CTDM found this opportunity during the 2019 Spring Break. The crew worked throughout the week and installed a new digital AV system that was ready for instructors by the first day of Spring Quarter. Upgrades include a new classroom computer with a large touch screen monitor, a rotating document camera that can be accessed from multiple sides of the lectern, and a Blu-ray/DVD player. A new input cubby was also installed that included a HDMI connection as well as the standard VGA cable.

Overall, the new AV system has everything that other, larger auditoriums have received in recent renovations, e.g., Court of Sciences 24, 50, 76; Moore 100; and Haines 39. The ability to upgrade an auditorium’s entire AV system during a one week break is a first for the team and a huge success for CAT’s CTDM.

Haines A44

Haines A44 – First General Assignment Active Learning Classroom

Haines A44

OID Educational Technology Systems, in cooperation with Facilities Management, has created the first general assignment Active Learning Classroom at UCLA – Haines A44.

The room is available for use in Fall 2018, and will be offered for scheduling first to those faculty who will make use of the special features of the space.

With a capacity of 40, and moveable tables and chairs, the room can be configured for collaborative work as well as more traditional modes. There is one projector and screen in the front of the room, and four interactive whiteboards, with the ability to share data in multiple ways. Power can be supplied to the student stations, and a solid wifi network supplies connectivity.

OID has been hosting open house sessions in the room. The remaining two are Wednesday February 14th and Thursday February 15th, 8:15 – 9:15 AM. Faculty and instructors who attend the open houses will be given the first opportunity to schedule classes in Fall 2018. Arrangements can be made with the Registrar to move classes currently scheduled in other rooms to Haines A44. Two additional spaces in Boelter Hall will be renovated this summer and converted to Active Learning Classrooms. They will be available for scheduling on a limited bases in Fall 2018, and more widely usable in Winter 2019.

If you are unable to attend the open houses or have questions or need further information, please contact Rob Rodgers via email (rrodgers@oid.ucla.edu) or at x44872.

Haines 39 after renovation

General Assignment Classrooms – 2017 Renovations

Summer 2017 brought new challenges to renovating classrooms: restoring one of the oldest auditoriums on campus and creating a new Active Learning Classroom.

Haines 39 Auditorium was completely redesigned in order to allow more space and audio visual technology. Once the Design and Project Management Office was given approvals, the renovation began the weekend of commencement, starting with the removal of the projection booth in the back. With the projection booth out, this allows an additional two rows for seating, which will be installed through the Winter 2017-2018 break.

Classroom Technology Design and Maintenance installed three high-powered laser projectors within the same footprint of the projection booth. Instructors can now have three separate projections at one time. With the all new multimedia lectern and touch screen controls, faculty can use their own laptop, access data from the classroom computer, and use the document camera at the same time. The lighting in the room was upgraded, complementing the new paint and refinishing of the classic wood framing along the perimeter. Control of the shades at the multimedia lectern can illuminate the room at a single touch, making clear and sunny days accessible. Seating and Flooring will soon be upgraded providing additional seating and completing the new look for Haines 39.

A44 is now the first Active Learning Classroom on the UCLA Campus. The style of the classroom promotes a new form of engagement among students and faculty. An instructor may ask students to sit in groups of four or six and maybe grab a seat to engage in a more personal discussion. They could also move tables to interactive boards at each end, giving students the chance to present their ideas to their peers before engaging with the instructor. New and unique forms of learning have been shown to provide a greater impact among learners.

Comparing the room to the past shows how dramatic the renovation was. Installing interactive white boards, accessible and movable seating, new lighting, and overall new audio visual system has provided the opportunity for the UCLA campus to engage in something new. Features of this space will be shown soon to interested faculty and staff. To have a tour of the area and insight into the equipment, please contact AVS.

Top to Bottom upgrades! A20 and A28

Haines’ collection of 10 smaller rooms were updated from floor to ceiling. New flooring in smaller seminar rooms and carpet in rooms with movable desks. Older writing surfaces with chalk were updated to whiteboards. Lastly, new lighting and lighting controls were installed to enhance the projection display with the ability to switch onto students and faculty when necessary. Each smaller seminar room has new movable tables and chairs. Larger classrooms have Steelcase nodes with rolling casters. Every small room has a unique color to ensure that they are kept in place and easier to find. Audio visual upgrades included new interactive projectors that display right onto the whiteboard. This takes away the need to pull down the projector screen in the smaller classrooms. New interactive boards can be used just like a traditional whiteboard but with more features. For example, saving slides that students worked on, or displaying media with new HDMI connection. A description of features and tutorials will come soon!

A2 and A18 received a dramatic renovation from floor to ceiling. Highlighting a more comfortable seating arrangement, getting rid of old chalkboards, new lighting/lighting controls and double projection. Faculty and instructors can now have two unique projections at one time. Touch screen controls on the media cabinet allow users to make these unique selections. In both rooms, the left projector will always have sound, while the right will have a traditional projection. For example with the new blu-ray player and touch screen controlled classroom computer, the left screen can show a film, while the right can be used to research more information. Because of the size of each room, it felt necessary to have this type of audio visual setup.

A25 received the same updates with attention to brand new auditorium style seating. Seating in A25 in particular was in need of an upgrade which expanded the capacity to 73. It received a new touch screen controlled classroom computer with blu-ray player.

For any assistance with any of the classroom renovations, please contact Audio Visual Services. Faculty and staff can receive assistance in class by picking up the phone and being transferred to our technicians (x66597), or inquiring here for any further information.

General Assignment Classrooms – Summer 2016 Renovations

Educational Technology Systems renovated 12 General Assignment classrooms with the assistance of Facilities Management and Design and Project Management Office. Eight smaller classrooms in Geology, Slichter, and Young; Four larger auditoriums located in the Court of Sciences and Moore Hall.

Each classroom received new flooring, seating, paint, lighting, and technology. New seating improved the capacity of each classroom. All lighting upgrades used newer LED setups, getting rid of the need for bulb replacements. Technology upgrades in each classroom provided touch screen classroom computers, Blu-ray players, and Document Cameras. Classroom Technology, Design and Maintenance successfully managed the installation of all technology upgrades.

The Court of Sciences three auditoriums (CS24, CS50, CS76) were renovated in a larger scale. It was important to make the auditoriums comfortable for students and faculty. Each auditorium now has triple projection, meaning instructors can have three unique projections at one time. An instructor can project the contents of the document camera, the classroom computer, and their own laptop at the same time.

Moore Hall, Room 100 was an exceptional challenge for renovations. The historical significance in the room made it difficult for upgrades; not wanting to damage the character of the room was a high priority. In the end, it also received all of the upgrades mentioned, giving it an entirely new look.

Other smaller classrooms have also been updated!

  • Geology 3656, 4645, 4660, 6704
  • Young 1044, 2200, 4216
  • Slichter 2834

Outside Study Spaces

ETS also helped initiate new outside study spaces between Humanities and Powell Library for Fall 2016. Each table and bench includes an electrical outlet with the ability to charge laptops or cell phones. WiFi coverage is also enhanced in the same area. Students have come to enjoy the outside seating and have asked for more areas around campus to be renovated. Many students posted favorably on Instagram, on the @UCLA page.