Commission Chamber Technology
On May 20, 2014, the Augusta Commission held their first meeting in the new Commission Chambers located on the 2nd floor of the Augusta Municipal Building. The Municipal Building is in the process of undergoing a $40 million renovation, and the new Commission Chamber is a significant milestone toward the completion of the project.
Please use the links on the left to see:
- A live video feed of the Municipal Building renovation in progress!
- On-Demand Video that is available for Augusta Commission Meetings.
The major technological changes in the new chamber revolve around improved audio and video presentation, as described in the chart below. Other changes that make the new chamber more a more suitable meeting venue are discussed as well.
|Location||8th floor of Municipal Building||2nd floor of Municipal Building|
|Technology Suitability||Technology was retro-fitted. Wide room with short front-to-back distance and very little room for cameras.||Designed with technology in mind. Multiple conduits and channels for cabling, flexibility in placement of equipment, room for expansion as needed.|
|Audio||Commissioner & staff microphones
|No change. Original equipment was not technically obsolete so it was moved.|
|Video Control||Manual control by the single camera operator.||A/V Room on 3rd floor (overlooking chamber)|
|Video Cameras||1 Analog Camera, set up prior to meetings, in a less-than-optimal location due to cabling and power constraints.||2 High-Definition Digital cameras permanently mounted in front and back of room so that commissioners, speakers/presenters, and meeting attendees can be seen.|
|Cabling||Exposed cabling on floor in multiple locations.||No exposed cables.|
|Streaming Video||Meetings streamed live to internet.||Meetings streamed live to internet.|
|Waiting Area(s)||Committee Room & 8th floor hallway with audio only (no video).||Committee Room with audio and video (via 72-inch LED flat screen) and two waiting areas adjacent to Commission Chamber (each with 60-inch LED flat screen TV) which show live meeting in progress.|
|Media Locations||In doorways and corners where cameras can be located, often inhibiting passage by citizens or staff.||Specific locations set up for camera placement that do not intrude on passage of citizens or staff.|
|Capacity||Approximately 100||Approximately 200 (not including waiting areas)|
|Accessibility||Difficulty in navigating walkways with a wheelchair. Only one designated wheelchair location.||Wide rows and multiple locations for wheelchair access.|
Augusta, Georgia logo from Commission Chamber
The new commission chamber hosted its first meeting on May 20, 2014
The front of the chamber features the commission dais, staff table, lecterns, and two 80-inch monitors
The chamber has seating for approximately 200 people, including handicapped accessibility.
Crestron Panel Screen
The Crestron panel provides staff with the ability to manage audio and video within the chamber
Document Cameras are available in each lectern so that hard-copy documents can be viewed on the screens
Two presentation lecterns are available for use by staff and the public.
Two High-Definition Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras are available for use in streaming the commission meetings
The waiting rooms feature fixed seating ("recycled" from old court jury seats) and 72-inch video screens on which visitors can watch the meeting in progress
The new commission chamber is a great achievement, but one of the features that makes the chamber more technology-friendly is the inclusion of an audio-visual control room on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building. The A/V room overlooks the chamber from above and behind where the audience sits. From the A/V Room, staff members can manage the following tasks and functions:
- Control the lighting in the chamber
- Internet video feed
- Waiting and Conference Room video feed
- Video and audio recording
- Camera direction (via pan/tilt/zoom capability)
- Sound (via Crestron panel)