Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT):
support of IIT ‘s new McCormick Tribune Campus Center of about 100,000 square
feet and State Street Village Complex for residential housing of about 400
Graduate Students. The project designs were by two for of the worlds leading
architects: Demarks’ Rem Koolhaus and
major challenge was “schedule rescue”: to bring the technology portions
of two related projects, the
2. Out of date, aged, non-planned technical infrastructures and legacy network systems had been added on an as needed with no consistency. Fragmented end user support was ad hoc and manual by two different support organizations, with poor coordination.
3. Campus wide networking connectivity was needed to support educational aims, and campus applications but was fragmented. In its then current state, the network was unreliable with poor record keeping of existing assets. Stand alone, non-networked systems were clearly over due for assessment and planning of upgrades with budgets for the approval process and schedules for phased implementations.
4. Many of the buildings needed to have technology upgrades and fiber-optic connectivity with the rest of the campus
To compress time frames, a plan with parallel efforts was agreed to, and completed cooperatively. The College Departments agreed to address issues and ITC would serve as the technical resource to give the parties clarity and arrive at consensus based decisions time effectively.
1. Our initial assessments were cooperatively arrived at, shared between Departments, and consensus agreements reached. Internal leadership from Facilities and Telecommunications Departments was agreeing to and input roles from affected Departments defined. What proved effective were short, focused, question- answer sessions and “ over coffee” meetings between key department persons in which technical clarity was reached and consensus was found.
2. Campus wide formal standards and their format were agreed upon for all current and new projects. Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) formats in construction and planning documents by ITC would be the going forward standard site wide. According to IIT, the Campus Standards and CSI Formats have been permanently reused for the last five years since project completion, and have provided predictable repeatable designs, have saved significant time and process since their inception.
assessments were done and delivered on multiple special systems. In support
of the design vision of both new projects and the positive academic image of
the school in attracting new students, priorities were established to design
and commission state of the art campus wide connectivity and wireless
systems to serve the new
5. New state of the art optical networks, network electronics, and wireless systems were installed using strategies that minimized and concealed the additions without noticeable affect to the architectures of most of the sites. For the Bid phase, contractors were pre-screened as to similar site experience and attention to detail, prior to invitation to bid to prevent potential quality issues. The results were of minimal impact on the original architectural interior designs.
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