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The James and Anne Duderstadt Center


Groundworks is a walk-in, self-serve media lab with hardware and software for creating, editing and converting audio and video recordings. It is open any time the Duderstadt Center is open. The lab features:

*The use of these spaces requires completion of the Digital Media Commons Orientation.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a limited number of workstations are available for use in Groundworks. Those workstations may be reserved here. 

For more information about the workstations, see below.

Reservable Workstations in Groundworks

Wacom Station1 / Photo Table

  • speakers with a headphone jack
  • card reader
  • USB hubs
  • The Wacom stylus is available for checkout from the consulting desk in Groundworks. Please note: the stylus is available only when consultants are on duty. 
  • The photo table has adjustable lights and a back lit surface for documenting 3D objects. You will need to provide your own camera when working at the photo table.

Wacom Station 2 

  • speakers with a headphone jack
  • card reader
  • USB hubs
  • The Wacom stylus is available for checkout from the consulting desk in Groundworks. Please note: the stylus is available only when consultants are on duty. 

Flatbed Scanner 

Groundworks has a variety of scanning stations available. By reserving the "scanner" you may use any of the 3 scanners listed below. Only one person may use the scanners during their reserved time. 

Media Conversion Rack 

Groundworks provides a selection of outdated media players configured to allow easy transfer of older content to contemporary digital storage. The formats currently supported are: VHS, DVD, Mini DV/HDV, audio cassette tape, CD, 8mm and Hi-8 video (No Digital 8), Betacam SP, and U-Matic ¾” video. 

Digital Media Commons Orientation

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not offering in-person orientations at this time. Look for an online version of the DMC orientation coming soon.

When: Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m.

Duration: Approximately 30 min

Where: Consultant Desk, Groundworks Media Lab, Room 1315 in the Duderstadt Center

The Digital Media Commons Orientation is conducted Monday through Friday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm by the Groundworks consultant on duty. You don’t need to make an appointment – just come in at one of those times, and we’ll get you started!

Approximately 30 minutes in length, the orientation will introduce you to what’s available at the Digital Media Commons and provide basic training for the Recording Booth and Multimedia Rooms. During this time, you will have the opportunity to create a user account in order to make reservations, become acquainted with the hardware/software configurations, review policies and procedures, and meet our talented consultant staff.

We encourage groups of 8 or more to notify us in advance at so we can better accommodate the needs of classes, research projects, and other groups seeking information about the Digital Media Commons’ resources.

Personal Studio orientations are offered at 2:30 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and 10:30 am on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Come by Groundworks at one of those times and the Groundworks consultant on duty will lead you down to the studio space to get you started. Class orientations are available by request, and inquiries can be sent to 

Poster Shop - NEW 2020!

Need to Make a Research Poster?
Groundworks is partnering with ITS 

Design & Create at Groundworks
Develop compelling illustrations, figures, or photographs with GW applications and tools like the large format scanner and backlit photo table.  Consultants can help you plan, design and complete your project and optimize your final poster file for the ITS printers.

Pre-order through M-Print
Use the ITS Pre-order Service to submit your file from anywhere.  

Pick-up at Groundworks or the Pierpont Commons Computer Showcase
Choose your pickup location, and you’ll be notified when it’s ready.  Please allow a minimum of 24 hours. 

Print on Demand at the Fishbowl 
Need it now?  Print to “Poster Follow Me” at the Fishbowl Computing Site on Central Campus, where ITS Tech Consulting staff will be on hand to guide you. 

Poster Price:

Recording Booth

Located in Groundworks, the Recording Booth is a self-contained, reservable digital audio and video recording booth. It is perfect for recording video voice-overs and solo vocal or instrumental performances. The room is available to those who have completed the Digital Media Commons Orientation. The Recording Booth includes a microphone and small HD video camera which will allow you to record in a variety of different programs, including:

  • QuickTime Pro
  • GarageBand
  • Soundtrack Pro
  • Logic Pro
  • Camtasia

Trained users can reserve the recording booth for up to four hours at a time.

Reservation information for fall term 2020 will be available soon.

Video Editing Software Workshops

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not offering in-person workshops at this time.  Check back for more information about online learning opportunities coming soon.

Workshops on Final Cut Pro and iMovie are held by request for classes, departments, and student groups. To set up a workshop for a group (10-14 participants typically), please contact