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BICSI expands headquarters

BICSI, the international telecommunications association, has completed a 25,000-square-foot addition to its existing world headquarters in Tampa, FL. The new addition was built to provide additional a...


January 1, 2001  


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BICSI, the international telecommunications association, has completed a 25,000-square-foot addition to its existing world headquarters in Tampa, FL. The new addition was built to provide additional administrative space and expand existing training facilities to accommodate more than 2500 students annually. According to BICSI, these new training rooms are intended for lecture and hands-on applications and include technical innovations that showcase the voice, data, and video technology representative of its membership.

For the design and management of the technology infrastructure, BICSI used the new Division 17-Telecommunications organizational model. Division 17 organizes the requirements of a technology infrastructure installation in a model compatible with the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) MasterFormat, the most widely used format in the non-residential construction industry.

At the beginning of the building project, BICSI says it enlisted the assistance of Archi-Technology, LLC, who developed the Division 17 model. Archi-Technology donated its consulting, design, and site documentation services for the project. Detailed telecommunications (T) series drawings and three-part formatted specifications common to the MasterFormat were created to provide better communication between contractors and suppliers. The donated drawings now serve as a baseline to manage the installed infrastructure over the total life cycle of the building. BICSI says the management process is easily accessible, as drawings and other documentation can be viewed on a web browser.

Other BICSI corporate members also donated products and services for the building expansion. ADC donated patch panels, patch cords, fiber distribution cabinets, fiber optic cable raceway system, wall faceplates and workstation outlets; Helix/Hi Temp Cables donated all of the fiber-optic and copper cabling for the horizontal and backbone portion of the project; Erico donated the overhead horizontal copper cabling support system; and Nexus Cabling donated the labour to install the cabling infrastructure.


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