Individual Project Experience
The most important aspect of any consulting and engineering firm is the knowledge and experience of the people who are responsible for the successful completion of the projects being undertaken. The principals of The Skyline Group have extensive experience working on complex, sophisticated and multi-faceted projects for a variety of clients.
The following are descriptions illustrating some of this experience providing clients with services in all areas currently offered by The Skyline Group.
Providence College – Ryan Center for Business Studies, Providence Rhode Island Tech PM NEW
The new home of the Providence College School of Business program construction on the 64,000-square-foot, four-story building is an addition to a renovated former Dormitory Building.
Featured spaces of the combined building project include active learning classrooms, multi-function atrium, finance lab, offices, multiple student breakout spaces, kitchen, and a cafeteria.
We provided design services for the new Audio-Visual systems as well as building utilities, LAN connectivity and design and project management acting as owner’s representatives for all technology systems installed in the building.
Construction began in October 2015 of the $30-million project and was completed in January of 2017.
Working with Brown University’s Facilities Management, Brown’s Safety and Security Group, Shawmut Design and Construction, REX Architects and all other trade partners, The Skyline Group provided a coordinated effort for the Security System design as a component of the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) process. The new 80,000 square foot building will be constructed on College Hill between Waterman and Angell Streets. The new building shall include spaces for music, theater, dance as well as a flexible 500 seat performance space. Construction is scheduled to begin in October of 2018 with a completion date of August 2020.
Our Project Team
This project had the focused efforts of The Skyline Groups (TSG) Design/Engineering Group. This group consists of
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individuals with vast and diverse communications experience, as well as in depth knowledge of state-of-the-art communications technology. The TSG Team coupled with an understanding of Brown’s needs and requirements for this sector of the industry, assures a successful project. The proposed team for this project consists of John E Higgins, RCDD as Principal in Charge, James Katseff, RCDD as Project Engineer and Tim Baeta CTS as AutoCAD/BIM coordinator and QA/QC reviewer.
The Skyline Group provided Information Technology infrastructure design documents for the new state-of-the-art Dolan School of Business academic building which broke ground in the spring of 2018 with completion scheduled for the fall of 2019. Plans for the new building feature modern simulated trading in a dynamic and interactive learning environment, a big data analytics lab, an entrepreneurship center with ideation lab space, a gaming lab, active learning and case-based classrooms. The new Dolan School building will support the School’s exceptional faculty, nationally-ranked business disciplines, strong student internships, and professional development programs, all backed by the University’s engaged alumni network. Working in conjunction with the Fairfield University (FFU) Infrastructure Services Group, FFU Facilities Management, SLAM Collaborative and MEP engineers, our deliverables included Schematic Design, Design Documents and Construction Document drawings and Division 27 specifications for the incoming utilities to the building as well as in-building connectivity suitable for bid.
The new 80,000 square foot building was built adjacent to and connect to the existing Barus & Holley complex. The new building included cleanrooms, core research facilities, high tech research labs and open spaces for micro/nano-technology, biomedical engineering, energy and the environment, information technology for the future and entrepreneurial innovation. Working with Shawmut Design and Construction (SDC), TSG provided Security System design services for the new School of Engineering building constructed on the Campus of Brown University. The Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) design concept included coordination with the Brown University Department of Facilities Management and the Safety and Security Department, SDC, Kieran Timberlake Architects and various trade groups to complete the design/build project. Project Approach and Scope Our approach was consistent with our experience for similar projects in scope and commitment. The project required an owner’s representative style approach to collaborate with the project stakeholders and trade partners and to design the security system as one entity. We understood the value of collaboration and commit to working as a team in the best interest of the project.
The new 70,000 square foot Friar Development Center will house the Providence College Men’s basketball practice and support facility and expanded career service center serving both the student and the student athlete. The Skyline team provided Audio Visual systems, practice court technology, building utility connectivity as well as LAN Technology Services Qualifications Page 55 in-building design documents suitable for bid to technology system providers. Our effort started with the enabling phase and worked in conjunction with Providence College Capital Project Group, Academic Media Services, Men’s Basketball management team, Perkins Eastman Architects and MEP Engineers. We utilized PC design standards to develop construction and bid documents for all technology systems included in the project. We provided on-site owner’s representation project management services for the entire technology system build-out. Our project team consisted of Joe E Mello as Project Manager, James Katseff, RCDD as Project Manager, Tim Baeta, CTS as Project Designer.
The project required the evaluation of existing conditions and eventual design for the relocation of a telecommunications vault and conduit system relocated to a new maintenance hole and conduit routes to enable the construction of a new Dormitory building. The telecommunications vault supported various communication services to most campus buildings to include Fiber Optic LAN/WAN, Voice (Fiber Optic/Copper), Cellular, CATV, and Fire Alarm (Fiber Optic/Copper) cabling. The project required the relocation of all active services to a new maintenance hole, the removal of abandoned cabling and the shut down and re-activation of active circuits for Fairfield University connections, the Community Access Television and multiple Cellular Service Providers. The Skyline Group worked to augment the Fairfield University staff in conjunction with their respective contractors and service providers to determine all cable media to be replaced, removed and/or relocated and the restoration of services to normal operations.
The new addition to the Albertus Magnus Science Complex, is a $50 million multi-phased project, an initiative of the Campus Transformation Project. The 36,000 square foot addition to the existing three building 70,000-gross square foot Science Complex, is the first of multiple phases with extensive renovations currently in design. The Complex houses teaching and research space for the Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Psychology, and Engineering-Physics-Systems Departments. The new spaces will provide the collaboration amongst students and faculty within a multi-disciplinary environment across a variety of spaces including state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture halls, labs, offices, seminar rooms, collaborative areas, and student/faculty common areas.
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The new addition was completed in August of 2018, with the multi-phased renovation continuing into the following years. The Audio-Visual systems and LAN connectivity design/project management project was the collective effort of work with key stakeholders to include the Providence College Capital Project Group, Academic Media Services, SLAM Collaborative and MEP Engineers. Our project team consisted of Joe E. Mello as Project Manager, James Katseff, RCDD as Project Engineer, Tim Baeta, CTS as Project Designer.
Network Core Migration and Physical Infrastructure Management
This Higher Education Data Center had two key areas of focus related to their legacy infrastructure. The Network Core was in need of updating to create physical separation of key components and services for redundancy and security and the data center did not have a centralized means to gather information on the status of manageable IT infrastructure devices such as UPS, Metered Power Strips, Cooling units, and Environmental sensors. The data center operators and managers required visibility into the managed devices with appropriate monitoring, measurement, reporting, and alerting tools to effectively operate and manage resources and systems.
A full evaluation of the existing data center infrastructure was performed and the results reported to the client with two suggested options for managing the physical infrastructure. Both options would allow the project to be completed on time and within budget. The client selected the option that minimized the disruption of services by utilizing pre-terminated cable assemblies to cross connect between the existing campus backbone connections and new secure network core locations. The secondary objective was to clean up pathways, eliminate large quantities of jumpers (patch cords) and organize the core cross connections. These objectives were realized with careful preplanning and staging of the work and the work was completed while maintaining the integrity of the existing campus backbone cable terminations to over 50 buildings.
The Scope of work included: Identify and develop the tasks and procedures required to support the College in the cutover of the core switches. Work with each stakeholder entity on tasks related to the cutover of the core switches and WAN services to insure completion in a timely fashion while maintaining service levels through precise scheduling and phased cutovers. Flow charting processes and tasks, provide and update network topology and as-built drawings including Cabinet Elevations, Cross-Connect Schedules and Equipment Lists. Coordinate with allied trades and internal departments on scheduling, material acquisition, preparation and staging so that all tasks associated with the completion of the cutover of the core switches could be completed according to the scheduling and service objectives on the days and times assigned. Research and provide solutions for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) including resource and component identification, manufacturer and product set evaluation and capabilities assessment, systems integration and configuration options. Participation in supplier interviews, selectivity and budget development for a phased implementation program.
Project Case Study – Tier III Data Center MEP Coordination and Design Development This multi-phased build-out of a new disaster recovery “hot site” for a global financial services company was a fast-track project with critical timetables and coordination with multiple stakeholders to bring a new site on-line while an existing facility was being decommissioned, maintaining uninterrupted services, applications and reliability. (more…)
These two projects were built at the same time and designed and bid as separate projects. The scope for these projects included the site evaluation of the current Outside Plant cabling system to determine duct bank and manhole requirements to feed both buildings and future buildings.
The design included coordination with the Providence College Telecommunications staff, the Mechanical, the Electrical and the Plumbing Engineers. The design encompassed Telecommunications outlet locations and type, space requirements for the proposed cabling system the cable tray, electrical outlet requirements at the workstations and Telecommunications Rooms (TR), lighting requirements for the TRs and pathway requirements. The Telecommunications cabling specifications and drawings were developed in accordance with the Providence College Telecommunications Standards. The deliverables included a Request for Proposal and bid package for both new buildings and the OSP as separate packages.