Communications Services

From a flexible distribution system including structured cabling to a complex communications system (which integrates all building technology systems with local and wide area networks), communications specialists can assess clients’ needs and provide solutions for meeting those needs. A holistic approach to the design oversight and commissioning of all low voltage technology systems integrates disparate systems to a common building IP network.

Communications Consultants

A structured cabling system (SCS) is based on an open standard for information technology infrastructure. The components form a system that supports data networking and telecommunications distribution regardless of manufacturer or topology. A properly designed SCS will support the integration of many different systems and, as such, becomes the hub of specialty systems.

Important criteria in designing a SCS include:
• Pathway and space requirements
• Bandwidth needs
• Workstation locations
• Administration methodology
• Campus cabling (OSP)

A building occupant is faced with many options for bringing dial tone to the workstation. The use of a PBX or IP telephony switch can lower operational cost by reducing the line capacity and managing call traffic. Powerful systems utilizing advanced IP communications can be configured to streamline business transactions and communications, such as facilitating fax and voice-mail delivery by email.

Unlike structured cabling systems and other voice/data infrastructure components, technology equipment and features evolve rapidly. Our Communications Consultants can assist you in creating a Request for Technical Proposal for the procurement and installation of these systems later in the construction phase in order to ensure leading-edge technology and value.

Services related to developing a Telephone Systems Request for Technical Proposal may include the following:
• Determine instrument quantities, types and locations
• Determine system features
• Determine voice-mail needs
• Consideration for IP telephony or future migration
• Develop implementation schedule
• Coordinate with LEC (local exchange carrier) for service installation
• Participate in system commissioning/testing

Converging technologies such as IP telephony and security systems are increasing reliability standards on already crucial networks. Working with your information technology staff, our Communications Professionals can provide the additional expertise needed to develop an upgrade strategy or implement dependable new systems.

We can also help you create a Request for Technical Proposal for the procurement and installation of these systems, helping you define reliability and performance goals while balancing budget with need.

Services related to developing a Network Systems Request for Technical Proposal may include the following:
• Determine bandwidth requirements
• Develop equipment lists
• Develop migration requirements
• Evaluate potential contractors
• Establish implementation schedule
• Review bids
• Commissioning

Through the process of systems commissioning, we assist our clients in assuring that each part of the system is thoroughly and accurately tested as well as appropriately documented.

This process includes:
• Installation observation
• Compliance reporting
• Third party testing/verification
• Close-out documentation review

Our design team will assist in the implementation of new or upgraded systems by reducing the burden of managing multiple specialty contractors.

Services here include:
• Establishing sub-prime schedules
• Coordination with service/utility providers
• Turnkey specialty system installation and verification

When several firms are selected to design specialty systems such as audio-visual, information technology, and security, the conduit and space requirements are seldom coordinated closely. As a result, expensive change orders during construction often occur. Utilizing a specialty systems coordinator – like Newcomb & Boyd – to implement a single space requirement and conduit system is a cost and time saver.

Specialized systems such as nurse call, infant protection systems, medical telemetry and other integrated wireless technologies require experienced professionals that can interface with both the medical staff and the design team to understand operational goals. These networked systems provide more than traditional communications. Patient monitoring and access to patient records are modern medical tools for a more efficient medical staff.

Donny WalkerDonny Walker, PE, RCDD
Partner
Communications Engineer
404-730-8521
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Max ShirleyMax Shirley, CTS-D, RCDD
Associate Partner
Communications Consultant
404-730-8528
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Igor ShvetsIgor Shvets, RCDD
Senior Associate
Communications Consultant
404-730-8543
Email Igor

Communications Clients

University of Central Florida

Architect: HOK
A structured cabling system to support the Burnett College of Biomedical Sciences, a five story research center housing research laboratories and investigator offices, specialty core support laboratories, a 22,000 square foot vivarium housing mice, rats, and rabbits, a BSL-3 laboratory, and administrative offices. This building achieved LEED Silver certification.

Myrtle Beach International Airport

Architect: LS3P Associates Ltd.
Associate Architect: Giuliani Associates Architects, Inc.
Communications systems for the addition of a new terminal building and concourse, including five new gates, concession space for shopping and dining, flight and baggage information display systems, ticket counters, baggage claim carousels, airline offices, and TSA passenger and baggage screening. The systems include flight information display systems (FIDS), voice and data infrastructure, common use/shared use passenger processing system, and extension of the local area network (LAN) and the voice over IP telephone system into the new terminal building.

Gwinnett County Police

Architect: HOK
Associate Architect: RossDrulisCusenbery Architecture, Inc.
Structured cabling system and VoIP telephone system for the headquarters facility with an emergency 911 communications center, emergency operations center, data center and administration.

Emory University Hospital Midtown

Architect: FreemanWhite, Inc.
Associate Architect: Cooper Carry, Inc.
Health care communications systems for a twelve bed E-ICU, located in the Peachtree Building at Emory University Hospital Midtown. The communications systems include structured cabling distribution, paging, and nurse call systems integrated with the automated patient monitoring system with visual dashboard and E-ICU components. The E-ICU includes high-definition video surveillance of each patient along with a patient monitoring theater for health care providers to have real-time voice and video interaction with patients while viewing the EMR and patient status dashboards, radiology and imaging data and conference in remote specialists. The patient monitoring theater includes a video wall with six large format LED screens.

Arizona State University

Architect: Gould Evans Associates, LC
Associate Architect: Lord Aeck Sargent
Voice and data cabling systems to support voice services and high speed data for The Biodesign Institute Building A, home to genetics related research within a flexible modular laboratory environment. Communications systems also include a category 6 horizontal distribution system and 50 micron fiber backbone to support emerging 10 Gb/s Ethernet. Outside plant fiber optic connections were made to the campus point of presence via new ductbank and existing tunnel, as well as provisions for a new remote shelf for voice service distribution to the building with capacity to service additional building phases. The building achieved LEED Gold certification.

Redstone Arsenal

Architect: LS3P Associates Ltd.
Communications systems for the Von Braun Complex – Phase III, an office building and conference facility supporting the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC). The systems include category 6 and 50 micron fiber horizontal distribution systems throughout the entire building, being fed from a raised access floor system. The backbone of the system is a completely redundant service via separate pathways to 39 communications rooms serving the building. Building service fiber optic connections are distributed from multiple locations, via new and existing ductbanks, providing redundant services and completing a campus wide network loop. Multiple server rooms of varying classifications are also located in the building.

Twin Creeks Science and Education Center

Architect: Lord Aeck Sargent
A structured cabling system and outside plant for a research and education facility that serves as A the home for scientists working on the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) project, a decade-long project documenting the estimated 100,000 species of living organisms in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The facility includes a high-bay flexible workspace where park scientists conduct most of their research, as well as a wet laboratory, a rearing room for cultivating and studying species collected throughout the Park, curatorial space for specimen archives, a high-tech GIS mapping room, classrooms and conference rooms, and offices. This building achieved LEED Gold certification.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Architect: Lord Aeck Sargent
Communications systems including a data center cabling system supporting an owner-provided network system, and incorporation of infrastructure requirements for voice/data systems, for the twelve story Arlen Specter Headquarters and Emergency Operations Center includes office space and a 24,000 square foot data center. Located on the Roybal campus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this building achieved LEED Silver certification.

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