T.H.E. Journal, June 1998, p. 18A

http://www.thejournal.com/infra/art3.asp & http://www.thejournal.com/infra/art4.asp

A director of facilities planning and the head of a communications consulting engineering company each describe from their respective viewpoints the issues and potential pitfalls of wiring school buildings.

On the facilities side, the first challenge is to prioritize technology networking with other facilities tasks, such as roofs, AC systems, buses, building maintenance and renovations. To minimize costs, facilities workers took advantage of existing wireways and conduits, and were sure to keep any new wireways accessible and adaptable for future operations.

On the engineering side, the author brings up the excellent point that “wiring” is much more than just hooking computers up together. The modern school in its wiring plan must consider the networking of voice, data, video, television, cable, intercoms, environmental systems, and safety controls.

Determining which of these networks will be needed and the distances they cover will guide your choice of wiring. It’s critical to use a structured cabling system with sufficient bandwith to support the school’s networking needs. Lightning protection is also important, as is an adequate and properly surge-protected electrical supply—not only for the network components, but for all the workstations on the network.