McNeil Elementary – Bowling Green KY
McNeil Elementary School partnered with Technology Plus during cosmetic and mechanical renovations that included the addition of a Media Center. This project included gutting the school’s outdated CAT3 and CAT5 communications cabling infrastructure before replacing it all with the latest CAT6 & Fiber Optic cabling. This infrastructure replacement was a necessity in order to support the new technology requirements. McNeil Elementary is a single story, multi-wing facility originally built in the 1960s, which provided us with two major challenges during the project.
The first challenge was installing up-to-date technology in an older building that was not designed to accommodate the infrastructure. There was limited space above ceilings, and the transitions between wings of the building and electrical cabling were simply not sufficient. These factors each added to our second challenge, which was timing. Since we were removing all of the school’s technology equipment, cabling infrastructure, telephone systems, and electronics, summer break was the client’s only availability. We were quick to accommodate their needs by beginning demolition on the same afternoon as the last day of school, and we worked closely with the architects, general contractors, and in-house I.T. department to coordinate our construction schedules with the installation of new systems.
Once all of our work was completed, we tested the equipment and the building was ready four days before the first day of school the following fall. Ultimately, we had installed all new 18” wide cable trays, CAT6 cabling for use with voice and data networks within the building, and fiber optic backbone cabling to connect the server room to the common telecommunication closet. We expanded the server room to accommodate the cabling infrastructure, server, switching, and power needs of the equipment being used by the school. We also installed audio/visual cables to support interactive boards used in classrooms along with DMARC extensions to support the incoming voice circuits. The job consisted of all Ortronics brand components, which allowed our client to own a 20-year warranty on the school’s new cabling infrastructure. We proudly met all industry standard safety requirements throughout the project.