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 while maintaining uninterrupted services and reliability.
Fully redundant and separate cabling systems, pathways and service provider points of entry with multiple applications and high density connectivity were evaluated, developed, designed, deployed and documented including RFP documents, manufacturer research and evaluation. AutoCAD® and 3D modeling along with remote desktop coordination with construction management, electrical and HVAC systems contractors were integral to the timely and accurate completion of this mission critical facility.
This design-build project for a division one, state of the art athletic facility encompassed multiple facets of technology based systems including Broadcast Cabling and Equipment including NCAA required video cameras and playback for officials, mobile broadcast studio connectivity, Digital Signage, Displays and Game Clocks, Arena and Local Sound systems, Video capture, storage and coaching software in addition to LAN, Telephony and Wireless next generation 802.11ac equipment, Video Security and Access Control connectivity.
- A fast-track project with additional design and support for building automation, ice monitoring-management, hydro-therapy and food services.
- Construction administration and Project Management acting as the Owners Representative were key components of our ability to coordinate the various trades and stakeholders while adapting new technologies and systems to existing infrastructure and applications on a very aggressive timetable.
In addition to design and specification work the Skyline group handled several bid packages, RFP’s, Contractor evaluations, technology system assessments and integration coordination along with outside plant work to upgrade pathways, transmission media and service provider connections for CATV, Satellite TV and head-end. The Telecommunications cabling specifications and drawings were developed in accordance with the Providence College Telecommunications Standards.
This Architectural Award Winning Project for “Outstanding design in the post-secondary school category” is a 63,000-square-foot, three-story new construction project that was designed and built in 18 months with work completed in the summer of 2013.
Designed and built in a style to complement Providence College’s first building. Harkins Hall, The Skyline team as owners representatives for Telecom, IT and A-V infrastructure were part of the combined group of owners, architects and consultants that brought this campus showpiece to life, integrating 21st century technology and systems for student, faculty and staff into this gothic styled building with architectural details and aesthetic design considerations to ensure a true to style building with the benefit of state of the art educational and technology tools, applications and services.
One of the first campus installations of IEEE 802.11ac Wireless LAN Technology in the country, the building has wireless coverage throughout the building and in adjacent outdoor classroom areas incorporating custom designed, integrated stanchions for Emergency Call “Blue Light” Phones, CCTV Cameras, Strobes and Wireless Antenna’s. Construction time-Lapse Video on
After the initial Programming and Design phases, Construction Administration and Project Management performed by the Skyline team acting as the Owners Representative were key components in our ability to coordinate the various trades and stakeholders, adapting new technologies and systems while maintaining the architectural integrity and vision of the school, benefactors and architectural teams while adhering to a closely managed timetable. In addition to design and specification work the Skyline group handled several bid packages, RFP’s, Contractor evaluations, technology system assessments and integration coordination. The Telecommunications cabling specifications and drawings were developed in accordance with the Providence College Telecommunications Master Standards.
The Skyline Group, Inc. (TSG) along with an affiliate consultant was engaged by Barnstable County to conduct a comprehensive survey of all municipal telecommunications and information technology assets, and associated costs for all towns and schools on Cape Cod.
Our survey for the County was to gather detailed information from site visits covering the following aspects:
- Telecommunications and Internet equipment
- Network routing, switching, firewalling, shaping, and filtering
- Telecommunications and Internet services
- Network topology
- IT and communications facilities
- End user systems
- Sofware applications and services
- Organization and staffing
TSG identified over 300 sites that were relevant to Barnstable County and TSG conducted physical on-site surveys at 210 of these sites. The Skyline Group also identified over 150 applications used by municipal entities and identified areas to reduce cost and increase productivity. Information being gathered included both quantitative information as well as qualitative perspectives on the efficiency of current resources, including present applications and future scalability.
TSG provided the County of Barnstable with the following:
- Spreadsheets containing the data collected, organized and analyzed in such a way as to be useful for on-going tracking
- GIS maps depicting different topologies and networks
- Notes and assessments provided during surveys
- Summary presentation including preliminary findings
A final report representing tabulated summaries of information collected along with assessments of the information.
Tel / Data Engineering Services
Project Completed Spring 2008
The scope of the project was to provide Tel / Data Engineering Services for the newly renovated 100,000 square foot “Hickey Hall Chemistry and Biology Labs Building”.
Developed the design of a Shielded (Foil) Twisted Pair (FTP) cabling system and a cable tray.
Developed the redesign for expansion of the existing telecommunications room for current and future infrastructure needs.
Provided coordination detailed sketches with Architect and the General Contractor for structured cabling to lab benches and peripheral devices.
- Distributed RFP to include Telecommunications Drawings and Specifications for bid to qualified contractors.
- Evaluated and recommended best qualified contractor to PC.
- Provided Construction Administration services to ensure the integrity the Structured Cabling System met or exceeded PC Structured Cabling Standards.
Structured Telecommunications, Data, and Security Cabling and Security System
Construction Drawings Completed Summer 2006
The scope of the project was to provide a cost-effective highly detailed move of existing fiber optic cable for Siena Hall while the building was under renovation. Siena Hall is the fiber optic Hub for all existing buildings on the East side of the campus.
Assessed existing room design and layout.
Developed a comprehensive time-sensitive two-phase plan to relocate the existing fiber optic cabling, during renovation, within the same room all cables are terminated or spliced as the distribution location for the east Campus.
Provided Phase I plan to move Telecommunication cables during renovation.
Developed Phase II plan to move fiber optic Data connectivity and copper Voice connectivity feeding Siena Hall.
Developed Phase II plan to install telecommunications outlet and backbone cabling for the entire building.
Provided efficient negotiation and information exchanges processes, resulted in expedited decisions and lower costs.
Recommended the best possible scenarios for Phase I and Phase II to occur without disruption to campus connectivity or the renovation.
Reviewed and documented each contractors capacity to meet the requirements.
Precisely reviewed and documented progress of all moving and installation of cabling.read more
Fiber Optic Aerial Design, Permitting and Client Agent Services
Construction Drawings Completed Spring 2005
The scope of the project was to provide a cost-effective fiber optic aerial design, permitting, and act as Clients’ agent services for construction of a fifteen mile expansion of Clients’ existing statewide fiber optic network between two new facilities.
Completed field survey of proposed route and collected required information for Verizon and local Municipal Electric Company for their Pole Attachment License Application and Underground Lease Application to create construction plans.
Prepared and submitted application to Verizon and Local Municipal Electric Company to initiate a pre-construction survey for the aerial routes and an Underground Application to phone company for conduit use along roadway.
Completed and filed appropriate Grant of Location Applications in the City for the installation of any subsurface conduit within the public way.
Finalized and submitted petitions for installation of the aerial attachments to be filed with the Town.
Assisted in the preparation and filing of the appropriate Grant of Location Applications in the City for the installation of any subsurface conduit within the public way.
Constructed drawings of the route, detailing the fiber optic cable requirements and installation parameters, including review of AutoCAD files with a key map showing the route in its entirety.
Prepared detailed specifications of the Client’s cable and installation requirements.
Managed RFPs with specifications and drawings to support the bidding process to three (3) telecommunication construction contractors.
Explored alternate feasible routes along public ways within the effected municipalities to determine existing aerial routes, ease of construction, and included review of railroad ways and existing underground conduit, all as potential cost saving measures for Client.
Organized and participated in pre-construction survey done by Verizon Field Engineers and Town Municipal Light.
Conducted meetings with contractors on regular consistent timely basis.
Organized and facilitated meetings with Client on regular timely basis, as well as on demand.
Provided ongoing coordination with the multiple providers and contractors to ensure project execution accuracy and timely completion.
Explored alternate feasible routes along public ways within the effected municipalities to Provided feasibility study to Client of recommended route for review and selection of final route.
Recommended preferred most qualified cost-effective contractors to Client after reviewing all bids.
Precisely reviewed and documented progress of all construction phases.
Thoroughly documented project approach and execution, which resulted in project completion on time and on budget with significant savings for the Client.read more
Complete Telecommunication Infrastructure for Distribution Center
Design Completed January 2005
The scope of the project was to provide Telecommunication Design Services for the 48,000 square foot fitness center at Hanscom Air Force Base.
Delivered a comprehensive site evaluation of existing tel/data, security, public address and sound systems, a design narrative document, a project scope evaluation with the General Contractor, a 100% Construction drawing set and specifications suitable for bid.
Performed a thorough site survey to evaluate and document findings of the existing telecommunications systems at the present fitness center site.
Provided Construction Administration services and performed 4 site visits with detailed written visit reports, evaluating the proper installation of cabling and systems.
Evaluated the cable testing records and “As Builts” required of the cabling contractor in the written specifications.
Provided a Design narrative based on the existing systems and supplied Hanscom AFB systems standards.
Produced a 100% Construction Set of Telecommunication T-Series drawings suitable for bid.
Created a Telecommunications structured cabling specification in CSI 16700 format to include Tel/Data, CATV and Paging System speaker cabling.
Developed written specifications for the security system upgrade to accommodate the new camera(s) and card reader(s).read more
Renovation and Expansion Projects
Projects Completed From 2002 through 2004
The scope of the project was to provide ongoing engineering services for multiple renovation projects throughout the School of Medicine renovation and expansion projects between Spring 2002 through Fall 2004.
Facilitated coordination with Yale Telecommunications staff and the MEP Engineers.
Researched and developed precise plan to include Telecommunications outlet locations and type, space requirements for the proposed cabling system and cable tray, electrical outlet requirements at the workstations and Telecommunications Rooms, lighting requirements for the TR’s and any plumbing or piping removal at the new TR location.
Analyzed and incorporated the feasibility of reusing existing cabling (both ISP and OSP), additional cabling requirements or a complete re-cabling of the proposed renovation.
Ongoing evaluation of existing conditions for multiple renovation projects.
Provided site evaluation documentation to YSM of the existing structured cabling system in the area’s floors and buildings to be renovated.
Issued Request for Proposals to qualified contractors through the General Contractors on each project.read more