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Norristown School District

The school board had approved a project to connect all schools within the district with a Wide Area Network to support Internet access, distance learning, asset tracking and several additional new applications. The existing infrastructures in the school buildings needed to be upgraded to support the applications. There were 11 separate school buildings with construction ranging from the 1930s to 1970s. Each needed a survey to determine requirements and potential pathways and spaces. Alternative designs were prepared which included Category 6 horizontal cable, fiber optic backbone and LAN equipment. These were presented to the board with estimated costs for budget approvals. A design was selected which minimized initial cost while allowing each classroom a migration path to support higher densities and speed.

Single Mode fiber optic cable was routed from each school to the Administration Building to serve as the district wide area network. Multimode fiber optic cable was routed within each school building to both Telecommunications Rooms and strategic classrooms to serve as the building backbone. Multiple Category 6 cables were routed to each classroom to serve both instructors and students.

The scope included approximately 5,600 Unshielded Twisted Pair cables, over 3,200 strands of fiber optic cables to the classroom and in the backbone and active LAN equipment. Tasks included: Survey, Design of Structured Cabling System and active LAN equipment, Bidding documents, Bid process support, project management and final acceptance and project documentation.

The construction costs for communications wiring is as follows:
Intra-building Cabling in 11 Schools – 1.3 Million
Inter-Building Cabling between schools – 0.4 Million
LAN Equipment – 0.5 Million

The project design phase required 90 days for all facilities. The installation was completed over the summer break and was completed within $4,000 of the initial budget.

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