Structured Cabling Past Performances
The Village at Rockville Retirement Community
FiberPlus played an important role in a massive renovation and upgrade of The Village at Rockville retirement community. Changes were made to independent living suites and assisted living facilities for intermediate and long term medical care at the four-story main building.
The Village wanted the latest in voice, data, video and wireless communications to provide Internet access, cable television, patient monitoring and an emergency call system, among others. The building has three large wings. Each wing was totally cleared and renovated, one at a time. FiberPlus was responsible for removal of the old existing systems.
The project included installation of fiber, copper, and coax backbone systems, copper and coax horizontal systems, and wireless access points. The design represented a traditional structured cabling system and adhered to ANSI/TIA/EIA industry standards and BICSI best practices. The installation is based on a Leviton/Superior-Essex solution. The outlets include Category 6 voice and data cables and Series-6 coax cables. The backbone include, 6-strand multimode fiber, 25-200 pair copper, and RG11 Coax. Of the 1,057 total cables, there are 402 voice cables, 434 data cables and 221 RG-6 coax cables
Veterans Affairs Headquarters
FiberPlus installed all voice and data systems in a seven-story office building that was to house the new headquarters of the Department of Veterans Affairs. This meant installing active equipment, switches, and routers for the main data center and 21 telecommunications rooms. Then there were more than 1,200 voice and data connections to the work areas. The cabling itself required a million feet of shielded Category 6a cable and more than 6,000 terminations. Additionally the VOIP telephone system had 1,000 telephone sets to install at the desktop and test. FiberPlus was awarded a Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award for its excellent work.
Maryland State Government
FiberPlus, Inc. successfully designed and built several structured cabling systems requiring Inside and Outside Plant construction at more than 100 state & local departments. Some of our notable design/build Outside Plant and Inside Plant projects were completed for the following departments:
- MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
- MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE
- MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
- MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
- MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
- MARYLAND STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
- MARYLAND STATE POLICE
- DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION
- COMPTROLLER OF MARYLAND
- DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES
FiberPlus designed and installed an extensive IT system for the Redskins training facility in Richmond, VA which included a computer network Internet access, a Wi-Fi network, high definition TV’s throughout the facility, sound distribution and analog phone systems. There was also a nurse call system.
FiberPlus also designed and installed a system to allow sports news organizations such as Fox Sports, ESPN and Comcast Sports to do onsite reporting and broadcasting from the training camp.
The voice and data infrastructure consisted of 104 Cat5e drops throughout the facility. They were installed in player locker rooms, the weight training room, patient rooms, MRI examination room, offices for the team owner and coaching staff and the media conference room. They provided access both to the teams’ onsite network and the Internet.
The CATV distribution system included a head end and eight 50-inch HD TVs along with 12 speakers that not only distribute sound from the televisions, but also are connected to the facility’s audio system. A 65-inch HDTV was instead in the media conference room for use by coaches and players when addressing the media and for team personnel meetings. It is hooked into the CATV system as well.
FiberPlus put in two outdoor pedestals for use by the media covering activity at the facility. The outdoor Wi-Fi network which they could access covers the length of the practice field.
Part of the challenge was coordinating all systems with the Redskins IT staff, Bon Secours IS and Construction Services Departments, the city of Richmond Economic Development Agency as well as the general contractor, Hourigan Construction.
Howard County Community College Health Science Building
FiberPlus, Inc. successfully installed the Premise and Outside Plant Backbone and horizontal structured cabling systems for the new Health Science Building. The design represents a zone structured cabling system used to support a Passive Optical Network (PON) solution. The system was designed using Corning ClearCurve single mode fiber for the PONs horizontal, Sumitomo Air Blown Fiber for the Fiber Backbone, and TE connectivity for the copper horizontal cabling.
PONS fiber was installed from the local telecommunications room to local zone boxes. Each zone box supported the necessary Optical Node Terminals (ONT) and copper cabling was installed from the ONT to classroom outlets. Sumitomo Air Blown Fiber was installed to link all of the telecommunications rooms within the building as well as linking the building to the rest of the college campus.
Naval Air Station, Patuxent River
FiberPlus, Inc. successfully installed the Innerduct Pathway, Outside Plant Copper and Outside Plant Fiber Optic Backbone Cabling. For the installation, FiberPlus, Inc. conveyed the cables through approximately twelve (12) manholes to one building. The design represented a traditional structured cabling system which strictly adheres to ANSI/TIA/EIA industry standards and BICSI best practices.
Howard County Community College Clark Library
FiberPlus, Inc. completed this work in the Clark Library Building on the campus of Howard County Community College. The work included the installation of a Premise Inside Plant copper horizontal system, a copper and Fiber Backbone system, and demolition of existing cabling. The design represented a traditional structured cabling system that included a 25 year manufacturer’s performance warranty.
St. Mary’s College
FiberPlus, Inc. furnished and installed pathways as required in the various residences on the campus of St. Mary’s College to route new Category 6A cabling from the Wireless Access Point locations to the Telecommunications Rooms. This included the installation of one hundred ninety-six (196) CAT- 6A cables and wireless access points.
United States Army Corps of Engineers
FiberPlus, Inc. installed over 3,800 cables; Category 5e unclassified voice, Category 6 unclassified data, RG-6 coaxial for Radio Frequency distribution, and laser optimized fiber for classified data. Approximately 30,000 Fiber Optic connectors were installed as part of this project. The campus Backbone system, cabling for the campus security system, and telecommunications space build-out was completed as well. All cables were tested and documented and as-built drawings were presented to the customer.
FT. George Meade
FiberPlus, Inc. provided a turnkey duct bank relocation which required the installation of two (2) new manholes providing pathways for six (6) way four (4) inch schedule forty (40) conduit installed in conjunction to a six (6) way duct bank system as specified by the customer. The interconnection between the manholes and existing Demarc was completed using six-hundred 600 pair copper cable. In addition to this, a twelve (12) strand single mode cable was installed and fusion spliced in the manhole and coiled up in the manhole and left dark for future use.
Waverly Elementary Middle School
FiberPlus, Inc. (FPI) was tasked to design, furnish and install a comprehensive low voltage structured cabling system, including the installation of owner provided active components. The scope of work included the installation of three hundred twenty-one (321) Category 6 Data cables and 60 Category 5E Voice cables for the Local Area Network (LAN) system. FPI also designed, furnished and installed a complete Cable Access Television (CATV) and Distributed Antenna System (DAS) cabling infrastructure including 62 RG-6 Video Cables supported by an RG-11 Backbone. In addition to theses traditional systems, FPI furnished and installed 48 Audio Visual locations (typically called Hi-Low locations) consisting of High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), RCA & Video Graphics Array (VGA) connections. The horizontal infrastructure is supported by a 24-strand multi-mode Fiber Optic Backbone and a 100-pair Copper Backbone serving multiple Telecommunication Room (TR) closets. FPI installed active routers and switches furnished by the owner.
FiberPlus, Inc. (FPI) installed the Inside Plant Horizontal Copper, the Backbone Fiber and Coax Cabling systems. The design represents a traditional structured cabling system which adheres to ANSI/TIA/EIA industry standards and BICSI best practices. The facility is a 5-level housing building. Category 6 cables and jacks were installed to two hundred twenty-eight (228) locations including forty-eight (48) Wireless Access Point locations. Radio Guide (RG) 6 quad shielded coax is being installed to one hundred ninety-one (191) Community Access (CATV) locations. The Radio Frequency (RF) CATV system is designed as a unidirectional forward only system, supporting RF carriers at common frequencies. The system topology is designed in a manner that supports drop cabling being installed from outlet locations back to a dedicated area serving telecommunication room in the same manner that the horizontal Voice & Data communication cabling is being installed.
Defense Department Contractor
FiberPlus, Inc. (FPI) supplied and installed Access Control, Intrusion Detection and networks inside a secure space. The Access Control/ Intrusion Detection system was manufactured by DMP utilizing System Link software to add/delete credentials and security levels. There were six access controlled doors on the system. The Intrusion Detection portion was installed according to UL681 extent 3 standards. This system is monitored by a National Industrial Monitoring Station (CRZM) designated central station utilizing 256bit encrypted network communications. A UL2050 certificate was issued.
Two structured cabling networks were installed in the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF). One is for classified and the other is for unclassified. There were a total of 37 unclassified and 24 classified drops with eight different configurations. FPI installed open bay racks and ladder racks for the unclassified and classified networks.
Outside Plant/Federal Government
This work included the installation of a MaxCell Fabric Innerduct Pathway, Outside Plant Copper and Outside Plant Fiber Optic Backbone Cabling and Terminations, through approximately seven (7) manholes. The pathway and installation required FiberPlus, Inc. to install the cables to two buildings on the complex.
Coppin State University
FiberPlus provided the labor and materials for Inter-Bay Cabling in the Grace Hill Jacobs Building Data Center.
FiberPlus installed three hundred thirty six Category 6 Cables between six Network Cabinets and one Open Equipment Rack to a Central Open Equipment Rack.
FiberPlus installed one 48 port Patch Panel with twenty-four yellow ports and twenty-four (24) blue ports in each of the six Network Cabinets and the Open Equipment Rack.
FiberPlus installed seven 48 port Patch panels with twenty-four yellow ports and twenty-four blue ports in the Central Open Equipment Rack.
FiberPlus then installed twenty four yellow Category 6 cables and twenty four blue Category 6 cables between each of the Patch Panels in the Cabinets and Open Equipment Rack to the Patch Panels in the Central Open Equipment Rack.
Howard Community College
Over a five week holiday break at the Hickory Ridge Building on the campus of Howard Community College FiberPlus replaced all existing copper cabling with fiber optic cabling.
FiberPlus provided the design and installation of a structured cabling system used to support a Passive Optical Network.
FiberPlus installed two new 24-strand Single Mode Air Blown Fiber Optic backbones cable between the 1st floor MDF and the Campus Data Center in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall building through new 19-Tube innerduct in the existing Outside Plant (OSP) Duct Bank.
FiberPlus installed new pathways and one strand of Single Mode (SM) fiber optic cable from the Equipment Outlets (EO) to the Telecommunications rooms (TR) and installed firestop during the installation.
FiberPlus installed 1,236 Category 6 patch cables for wall phones, projectors, connections to Optical Network Terminals (ONT’s) and wireless access points. Half of the station cables were 10 feet long and the other half were 14 feet long.
FiberPlus used existing rack space to install four 4U fiber enclosures for SM adapter panels to support the ONTs, ISP Backbone, OSP Backbone and 1X32 splitter modules, and four 48 port Category 6 patch panels to support wall phones, projectors
FiberPlus installed new 12-strand SM MPO-MPO pre-terminated backbones for between the 1 st floor Main Distribution Frame (MDF) and the 2 nd and 3 rd floor IDFs.
FiberPlus labeled all cables, faceplates, panels, blocks, and ports with permanent machine printed labels according to the customer’s preferred labeling scheme utilizing ANSI/TIA/EIA-606 Administration Standards.
FiberPlus tested all newly installed Category 6 UTP horizontal cables to ANSI/TIA/EIA 568C.2 permanent link standards using an approved Level III certification test set. All fiber optic cable was tested by means of an Optical Loss Test Set, (OLTS) with the jumper reference settings established using ANSI/TIA/EIA 526-7, Method A.1.
After cut-over to the PON system, old CAT-5e or CAT-6 cables from WAPs, wall phones and EO’s were removed from the outlet location to the TR. Cables were removed from their existing patch panels and the patch panels were removed from the equipment racks.
Ironbow Mortgage Bankers
As a sub-contractor to Ironbow Technologies, FiberPlus provided services to reorganize the network equipment racks at a bankers association headquarters that were poorly installed by another company.
There were a numerous mismatched and excess length patch cables installed in the network racks. The equipment rack and the vertical cable managers that were installed were the incorrect cable managers for this installation when utilizing angled patch panels.
FiberPlus provided labor to assist the customer in removing two existing cabinets, one housing the network electronics and one that was emptied to create space for a new open equipment rack for placing network electronics that were not mounted in a rack or cabinet.
FiberPlus replaced the existing vertical cable managers with the correct cable managers. FPI also installed two crossover managers with waterfall fittings over the equipment racks and attached them to overhead ladder rack.
FiberPlus then removed all existing patch cables and installed and dressed in new patch cables (192 white for the voice ports and 480 blue for the data ports.
FiberPlus performed all of this work during an outage over weekend beginning Friday evening and completed the work by Saturday evening.
Ironbow Prettyman Courthouse
As a sub-contractor to Ironbow Technologies, FiberPlus, Inc. provided services to upgrade the existing fiber optic backbone cable to OM4 fiber with factory-terminated MPT connections and upgrade the horizontal cabling system to CAT-6 UTP. After the new cabling was complete, the current system was cut over to the new system by the Courts’ IT staff. After the successful cut-over, the current cabling system will be removed by FiberPlus, approximately in April – June of 2016.
New horizontal cabling included a substantial amount of under carpet cabling. When the under carpet cabling was installed, the cables were transitioned to round, plenum-rated CAT-6 cable that was home-run to the nearest Telecommunications Room (TR.) Cables from the ceiling spaces to the transition points were installed in surface-mounted raceway, appropriately sized to provide a maximum of approximately 40% fill ratio.
FiberPlus also installed new open bay relay racks, ladder rack, vertical and horizontal wire managers, patch panels, fiber enclosures, fiber optic cassettes and wall-mounted 110 blocks in each TR in the Courthouse. In the Server Room on the 5 th floor of the Annex, FPI installed a new fiber enclosure, adapter panels in an existing rack to terminate all of the new backbone fibers. In the PBX room on the 1st floor of the Courthouse, new 110 blocks were installed to terminate new 25-pair copper backbone cables.
The project consisted of a total of approximately nine hundred twenty-five (925) telecommunication work area outlet locations. A total of one thousand, two-hundred thirty-nine (1,239) CAT-6 data cables were installed.
FiberPlus installed 25-pair copper backbone cables from the 1st floor PBX Room to each of the twelve (12) TRs in the Courthouse.
FiberPlus also installed fiber optic backbone laser-optimized 50/125µm OM4armored plenum (OFCP) cables with factory MPT unpinned terminations at each end with Method C (pair-wise reversal) polarity. The trunks connected to pinned MPT-to- six (6) duplex LC cassettes in the fiber enclosures.
As a sub-contractor to Iron Bow Technologies, FiberPlus provided services to install 420 fiber optic cables to the desktop.
All cabling was installed in existing cable tray and FiberPlus installed J-hook type non-continuous supports in all horizontal runs exceeding 5 feet unsupported by cable tray. One additional 4-inch metallic conduit sleeve was installed through the wall above doors of the server rooms and was supported by a uni-strut type hanger. FiberPlus installed fiber duct waterfalls down 3 feet from conduit sleeves in the server rooms to the overhead cable rack.
Surface wall mount boxes were installed and secured by FPI at each of the 140 locations. The wall boxes will be securely installed at a height matching existing outlets. In the server room, all fiber optic data cables were terminated using LC connectors; installed in new 4U fiber enclosures mounted in existing racks.
Two outlet types were installed. 280 of these locations consisted of two (yellow & green) 4-strand OM3 OFNP fiber optic cables for data. Each of these cables were terminated using OM3 LC connectors.
The other 140 outlets consisted of one red 4-strand OM3 OFNP fiber optic cables. Each of these cables were terminated using OM3 LC connectors.
Labels for all cables, faceplates, panels, blocks, and ports were done with permanent machine printed labels according to the following default procedure in compliance with current ANSI/TIA/EIA-606 Administration Standards.
FiberPlus tested all horizontal multi-mode optical fiber strands in for attenuation at 850nm wavelength using an OLTS with one jumper reference settings established using ANSI/TIA/EIA 526-14A, Method A.1.