Lori Thompson of Dietrich Lockard, who is responsible for managing the system's cabling design, explains, "After the first couple of schools were cabled, we needed to make modifications to the scope.
Filing as an entire district gave us the ability to make necessary changes in a timely manner without having to re-file plans and delay progress."
In the initial phases of cabling, each contractor provided the designer with blueprints indicating locations for drops, MDFs, and IDFs at their assigned schools."Once we gave our approval, the contractors submitted a form with a detailed timeline and bill of materials," explains Thompson
"Due to the large size of the project and the short completion time, we had to come up with a prototype for all seven contractors to follow," explains Thompson
."The goal is to make the layout as cookie cutter as possible so that upon completion, each of the 108 schools will be virtually identical."
Through careful planning and cooperation, the cabling number plan was reworked and refined, and is now the same throughout the entire school system."There is constant feedback and cooperation from all the cabling contractors as to what's working and what's not," says Thompson