Communications Services has developed both construction and wiring standards for campus buildings. These standards provide a single physical distribution system for voice, non-voice signaling, data, and video systems. The standards support both academic and residential buildings and services. All standards are based on the EIA/TIA and IEEE standards for commercial and residential buildings. There are some exceptions to the EIA/TIA and IEEE resulting from campus local adoption of wiring standards prior to action by the national groups.
All campus construction and wiring standards are well-illustrated, and the PDF drawings and text can be downloaded from this website. All drawings and text are available without fee or other limitation. Architects and engineers wishing to integrate text or drawings into their projects may obtain AutoCAD drawing files of the illustrations.
The construction standards include exterior trench, duct, manhole, and pullbox infrastructure, as well as interior terminals, conduits, cable trays, wallboxes, wiremold, and wall plates.
Interior communications cabling is covered in detail, including the Category 5e workstation cabling now standard, Category 5e and Category 3 risers, coax and fiber cabling, jacks, patch panels, and jumpers.
For the convenience of planners, architects and consultants, we have provided a “quick-start” set of guidelines for communications projects. These projects summarize the essential inside and outside construction standards and the inside construction and wiring requirements for projects. They also provide a simple list of cost estimating guidelines to support “order of magnitude” budgeting for project communications. Communications Services will provide detailed cost projections for any project under a campus work order.
Communications Services designs and constructs additions to the campus fiber optic network as part of both renovations and new building construction. In addition, the Office of Information Technology funds specific fiber optic cable segments based on the expansion of the campus Next Generation Network.
The campus fiber cable plant is built on building-to-building cable segments which are jumpered or spliced in buildings to form the required fiber point-to-point circuit. Fiber segment configuration has evolved over the 15 years of cable placement, and cable segments are composed of varying counts of multi-mode or multi-mode and single-mode fibers.
The fiber optic network is available for campus use without recurring costs. The one-time cost of fiber allocation, attachment, and testing is charged to work orders from campus departments requesting fiber usage.
Documentation of the fiber cable plant, including routes, composition of segments, measurements, test results and proposed expansion, is maintained by the Engineering Group of Communications Services.
Communications Services is the campus point of review and documentation for all antenna installations on campus property, including broadcast and private radio, cellular, wireless data, and satellite reception.
The campus has a full review procedure for new radio and wireless services requested on campus, including those requiring FCC licensing. Integrity of campus structures which support antenna installation is critical and Communications Services works with Facilities Management and the campus review agencies to provide reliable installations within guidelines established by the campus.