Tompkins 126

The First Flexible Classroom in Tompkins Hall at NC State University


Students discuss their displayed work with Instructor Morgan in T126


Room T126, in Tompkins Hall, was the first room to undergo redesign in January 2012. Data were collected over two semesters from the users of the space, and a modified design was conceived of and implemented in another room, G121.


T126 is one of the largest rooms used in the FYWP, measuring just over 700 square feet. The space has 12-foot ceilings and includes four ceiling-height windows. Resources in the space include:

  • Five, 46-inch LCD monitors around the room with retractable external video input (VGA, HDMI, and DVI-D input cables with display port or mini DVI adapter for students with Mac laptops)
  • An instructor’s lectern (7′ x 2′) containing all the functionality of NCSU’s standard Class-Tech components, plus an enhanced  remote Crestron digital switching control system (which allows the display of different content from one LCD to another from the lectern, as well as the display of different content on the individual group monitors while displaying other content on the projector and the lectern monitor)
  • A wall-mounted whiteboard at the classroom “front”
  • A ceiling-mounted projector
  • Additional wall outlets around the perimeter of the room for powering student computers
  • Six, diamond-shaped Clara tables by Izzy (measuring 40”x 32”) on casters, which can be configured into two larger tables
  • Four, square-like Clara tables by Izzy (approximately 24”x 60”) on casters, which allow for multiple  configurations 
  • 13 armless, castered Haworth Very task chairs with upholstered seats
  • Four Steelcase Node tablet-arm chairs on casters 
  • Four KI Learn2 tablet-arm chairs on casters
  • Six, double-sided, mobile whiteboards (measuring approximately 2.5′ x 4′)