FL4 Remodel Project NETS Network Upgrade!
Installation Factoids: • 304 Telecommunication Outlets (TO's) each with 4-copper and 4-fiber connections were installed. • 255,000 Feet of CAT6A copper cable were installed, over 48 miles. • 60,000 Feet of Multi Mode OM4 fiber were installed, more than 11 miles • 2432 station fiber terminations + 336 trunk fiber terminations were completed.
Project Goal: Install new, ground up, network in 3300 Mitchell Lane capable of supporting current and foreseeable networking needs in accordance with NETS, NCAB, UCAR/NCAR, BICSI, and federal, state, and local jurisdictions building codes.
Design Build Theory • A method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity. It relies on a single point of responsibility and is used to minimize risks for the project owner and reduce the delivery schedule.
Design Build in FL4 • The design build can take the owner out of the loop by the contractor/designer making decisions that the owner should be involved in. In the more traditional Design-Bid-Build, Change Controls are more prevalent and keep the Owner more informed and there more involved in the project.
Personnel: • Ed Snyder (Primary) • Fabian Guerrero (Second) • Mike Martinez (On Site Supervisor)
NI Team • Bryan Anderson • Rick Mumford • Jerome Martinez • Carlos Rojas-Torres • Wes Wildcat • Armando Cisneros • Teresa Shibao • NETS Admin Team
NETS FL4 Budget • 3-year Bond (Equipment) $0 • 15-year Bond (Permanent Infrastructure) $300,000 • Conduit Installation $150,000
FL4 Budget Summary: • 3-year Bond -$0 - Existing equipment used. • 15-year Bond $298,188.2 • Conduit Installation $150,000
NETS start-of-work preceded contractor work • Marking of facilities not to be demoed • Temp (construction) network installation • Relocation of Multi-use fiber to FLA • Relocation of FLR(B) to FLA • Preparing drawings for installation crew • Order all parts for installation
Construction (contractor) • NETS work during contractor work • Monitoring contractor progress to ensure that network specifications were being adhered to • Attending OAC Meeting to ensure that changes were not made that affected the NETS installation • Scheduling NETS installation with other trades
Construction (NETS) • Project installation followed construction progress • installation of distributor [room] infrastructure (tray, racks, and cable managers) • cable installation and termination • Testing and documentation • Coordination of people move information
Post-Construction (NETS) • Equipment installation followed construction progress • installation of network equipment: • Switches, VG242’s (analog), UPS’s, AP’s, Monitoring (Geese), Patch Cables • Activation of network ports: Network, Analog, Special • Verification of networks
Schedule Summary • The project schedule changed due to • HVAC Design and Installation problems • Installation of additional Ducting all floors • Room remodel required on all floors • Replace undersized fan on roof • NETS Schedule • Personnel then reassigned to other projects • NWSC • Marshall • Ongoing normal WR’s
Budgetary Advantages • Previous occupants returning, few new phones needed • AP’s already in update schedule • Reusing the NETS Switches and UPS’s • Not due for regular replacement • Still under maintenance
Budgetary Challenges • Keeping the installation up to UCAR/NETS Standards when the scope of work changed • Full remodel instead of partial • Addition of Comm Outlets after budget set • Multi-use fiber removal and replacement • All new comm conduits throughout the building
What Went Right • Strong technical installation team • UCAR/NETS Specifications • All Product arrived on time • Same electrical contractor as FLA
What Could Have Gone Better? • Construction timeline • Comm Rooms and Chases built first • Always Promised • Never Delivered • Move Template Information • The sooner the better • From NETS sooner • To NETS sooner
Lessons Learned • Comm Room size, minimum of 130 sq ft, prefer 150 sq ft • Only straight sleeves in cores between floors • Increase the number of cores between floors • Increased size of cable • Daily morning meetings kept the whole team informed to the ever changing Design build Project. This is critical for keeping ahead of a project of this size.
Other Cahllenges • BAS on NETS cabling • Building Automation Systems • Becoming Industry Standard to use IP • Space in our cores • Space in our Comm Rooms • This project was a design build • Design and Construction done together • Changes come fast and often • Harder for NETS to remain within budget
Thanks! • Thanks to the NI Crew for all of the hard work and long hours that went into this project.