This facility features many unique learning spaces, designed to train tomorrow’s first responders in a variety of situations. An indoor immersive training lab allows instructors to create settings of real crime scenes that law enforcement officers may encounter, while an EMS skills and simulation training lab will be able to mimic real accident scenes, including sound and lighting for weather events. Robotic dummies are able to be controlled by an instructor for any situation that may occur during an emergency, such as having a reaction upon receipt of the wrong type of medication.
APG Automation provided the facility with a Schneider Electric building management system, giving facility personnel advanced control over the building’s HVAC, access control, and energy management systems. In addition to the HVAC control, the building management system includes many integrated meters for power consumption. Various loads throughout the facility, such as plug loads and major equipment, are monitored and recorded to track consumption and assist in identifying where cutbacks can be made. The Schneider Electric building management system ties in with existing buildings on Polk State College other campuses in Winter Haven, Lakeland, Bartow, and Lake Wales.
One key component of the BMS installation is the addition of the Schneider Electric Building Analytics software; a cloud-based automated diagnostics engine that uses artificial intelligence to not only identify any problems in the operation of the building’s HVAC systems, but also to guide facility maintenance staff through suggested actions. This will help Polk State College identify the most costly operation and energy performance issues and provide actionable information in order to create a higher performing building.
APG Technology provided all of the network infrastructure and state-of-the-art audio/visual systems. More than 100,000 feet of Category-6 network cable and 600 fiber connections were installed, including a direct fiber link from the CPS to the adjacent Polk County Sherriff’s Office headquarters. Seventeen custom podiums were assembled in our shop, containing all of the Extron A/V control equipment in their respective classrooms. Instructors use a touch screen control panel to control the room, along with the ability to interface their own devices to display on a projector screen. A few advanced classrooms include four wall-mounted displays that are used for instruction, as well as give the instructor the ability to break the classroom into four groups and use each display separately.
At the center of the facility, a 495-seat auditorium shows off an impressive A/V installation. APG Technology provided this space with a lift-mounted 20,000 lumen digital projector, a 298-inch diagonal projector screen, and two sets of EV line array speakers. In the control room, two full size racks are loaded with A/V equipment. Two 80” monitors hang on each side of the stage to display additional information and videos.
A new Visix digital signage system allows for control of digital signs at all campuses. Each of two lobbies include a 6-foot by 10-foot multi-display video wall to project messages and video upon walking into the building.
APG would like to recognize the excellent work of our crews led by Brian Whitehead (Voice/Data), Steve Wenner (Audio/Visual), and Carlos Largel (Automation), Project Managers Josh Fair (Voice/Data), Brian Fry (Audio/Visual), and Eric Quinones (Automation), and Programmers Amy Wagoner (Technology) and John Day (Automation). We are excited to have been a part of building this impressive facility that will develop tomorrow’s first responders in our community.