Main Open Computer Lab | HEC-611
Fort Lauderdale Campus

The Fort Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab is located on the sixth floor of the Higher Education Complex (HEC) building, room 611. This computer lab contains 24 Windows and Mac computers, as well as a pay-per-print system. All the computers are connected to the campus network and have full access to the Internet.

This open lab is available to all FAU students, and allows them to complete class assignments, conduct research, and perform any other FAU-related academic work.

For more information about the Fort Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab, please contact Joe Sher, Manager of Technical Services & Computer Labs, at 954-762-5194.

Hours of Operations

Day Time
Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday By appointment

Hardware Available & Lab Layout

The Fort Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab contains:

  • 1 Epson flatbed 11" x 17" scanner
  • 1 HP flatbed 8.5" x 11" scanner with a 50 page document feeder
  • 1 HP 42” wide scanner
  • 1 Next Engine 3D Scanner
  • 1 HP color plotter
  • 1 color injet printer
    (Epson Stylus Pro 4900)
  • 1 Toshiba color/black & white multifunction printer (up to 11" x 17")
  • 1 Fletcher 60" cutter/trimmer (for paper and foam board up to ½ inch thick)
FAU Davie Student Union Open Computer Lab
Qty. PC Type OS Memory Hard Drive Processor
20 Dell Precision 5720 with 27" 4k Monitors (all-in-ones) Windows 10 32 GB 2 TB SSD 3.6 GHz Intel Core i7
2 Apple iMacs with 27" 4k Monitors OSX 10.14 32 GB 512 GB SSD 4.2 GHz Intel Core i7 2 Duo
2 Apple iMac OSX 10.8 4 GB 320 GB SATA 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo

Software Available

Windows Software Packages

  • MS-Office 2019
    (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
    (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.)
  • Browsers: IE, MS Edge, Chrome, & FireFox
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Autodesk AutoCad
  • ArcGIS
  • Sketchup
  • Rhinoceros 6

Mac Software Packages

  • MS-Office ver. 16
    (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
  • Adobe Creative Suite
    (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Browsers: Safari, Chrome, & FireFox
  • Final Cut 10.4

Printing in the Ft. Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab

The Fort Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab is equipped with a pay-for-print system. This printing solution allows students to print from anywhere, and from almost any device. Students can add funds to their Owl Card Printing Account and use these funds on all copiers and printers.

The printing system protects confidential documents and slashes the volume of unclaimed printouts. Users queue print jobs to a virtual queue, and then release them for printing on any campus printer.

The "release stations" require user authentication, by swiping an Owl Card or entering a FAU NET ID to release and collect sensitive documents. The printing system allow students to print wireless from laptops, netbooks, iOS, and Android devices with no driver installation or server authentication. Your print jobs will be held until they are released by the student directly from the most convenient printer.

Printing Costs

Type Cost
8.5" x 11" - Black & White $0.08
8.5" x 11" - Color Laser $0.30
11" X 17" - Black & White $0.08
11" X 17" - Color Laser $0.30

FAU Printing Services

Plotter Printing

There is an HP DesignJet Z9 plotter and an Epson Stylus Pro 4900 wide format printer located in the Fort Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab (HEC 611).

There is also a plotter available to all FAU students at the Davie campus, located in Davie Campus Main Open Computer Lab (room LA-303).

FAU Fort Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab plotter printer
Plotter (HP DesignJet Z6200) Printer | Type of Paper Cost
HP Universal Instant Dry Semi-gloss photo paper $5.58
HP Super Heavy Weight + Matte $5.68
HP Scrim Banner $13.05
HP Colorfast Adhesive Vinyl $14.51
HP Everyday Adhesive Matte Polypropylene $9.38
HP Artist Matte Canvas $10.20
Wide-Format (Epson Stylus Pro 4900) Printer | Type of Paper Cost
Photo Roll 16.5" $6.10 per linear foot
Matte Roll 17" $5.83 per linear foot
Presentation Matte Sheet 8.5x11 $7.90 per sheet
Presentation Matte Sheet 13x19 $9.10 per sheet
UltraPremium Matte Sheet 13x19 $9.70 per sheet