STRUCTURED TELECOMMUNICATIONS CABLING
1 Scope of work
These guidelines are to serve as the minimum requirement for all new construction and retrofit work, including all
materials, equipment, and labor necessary to install, test, and certify structured cabling systems. On new
construction sites the conduits will be provided by other contractors.
a. The structured cabling system for this project includes all communications cabling, wire ways, communications
outlets, terminal blocks, racks, patch cords, cabinets, splitters, surge protectors, and related connectors,
mounting hardware, identification devices, accessories, and appurtenances for TIA/EIA Cat 5 data cabling
system and the telephone distributions cabling system where applicable.
b. On new construction, the rough-in shall provide all conduit paths, outlet boxes, plaster rings, pull strings,
backboards, grounding conductors and bus-bars, power receptacles, surface raceway and connectors, and
utility columns as indicated on the construction documents to accommodate the detailed installation. Existing
schools will require retrofit work with surface raceways in areas where walls cannot be finished. Panduit LD
series raceways shall be provided.
c. The design review will be made available to the project site contact, data processing, and any additionally
needed personnel prior to installation. This group will make up the Design Review Team. Design documents
will be provided by the contractor with input from the Design Review Team. A joint site survey will be
scheduled to verify and agree on requirements.
d. Provide a complete telecommunication system, fully operational, capable of operating at 100 Mbps or better,
ready for the occupants to use both voice and data outlets as indicated. The installation shall include all
accessories, devices, and cut-over from the Southern Bell point of demarcation required to provide a complete
and functioning system. Any materials and devices not specifically mentioned in these specifications or
indicated on the contract drawings that are required for a finished and operating system installation shall be
furnished and installed at no additional cost to the owner. The owner shall arrange for the required wide area
network connections via routers. This cabling system may require outside fiber optic cabling and terminations
for adjacent school buildings.
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a. Submit for approval, manufacturer’s catalog data bearing the printed logo or trademark for the following items:
Racks, Rack Hardware, and Accessories
Patch Cord Organizers and Cable Rings
Fiber Optic Cable
Multi-pair Telephone Cable
Category 5 UTP Cable
Cable End Connectors, Each Type
Communications Outlets (CO), Each Type
Cable Management Cabinets
Surface Raceway and Connectors
b. Receive approval in writing from the Design Review Team for each item of submission prior to commencing
work. Items to be considered for substitution must be clearly indicated as a substitute item at time of
c. Samples of materials/devices shall be provided as requested by the Design Review Team. Samples shall be
returned to the contractor after formal review is complete and written authorization to use submitted products
has been received.
d. As-built drawings shall be provided which indicate accurately all approved changes, labeling, actual device
mounting locations, and all pertinent graphical information necessary to facilitate system administration,
maintenance, and future moves. Contract drawings shall be furnished to the contractor and shall be returned
and revised to reflect as-built conditions using the same format. The as-built drawings shall be returned no
less than five (5) working days from the substantial completion of the project and copies furnished to the
members of the Design Review Team during the final inspection of each project.
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3 Quality Assurance
a. All work performed under this contract shall be done in accordance with the most recent issue of the following
codes, standards, and guidelines. All materials and equipment shall be UL listed for the intended application.
NFPA National Fire Protection Association
TIA/EIA-569 Electronic Industries Association/Telecommunications Industry Association
Commercial Building Standard for Telecommunications Pathways and Spaces
TIA/EIA-568 Electronics Industries Association/Telecommunications Industry Association
Commercial Building Telecommunications Wiring Standard
IEEE 802.3 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers LAN Standard for Ethernet
BISCI Building Industry Consulting Service International Telecommunications Distribution
AT&T SYSTIMAX Premises Distribution System - Wire Installation Manual
AT&T SYSTIMAX Premises Distribution System - Fiber Installation Manual
AT&T Outside Plant Engineering Handbook
b. The Structured Cabling System Contractor shall be an experienced firm regularly engaged in the layout and
installation of structured cabling systems of similar size and complexity as required for this installation. The
contractor shall have successfully completed the installation, testing, and warranty of systems of similar size at
least four years prior to bid. Contractor shall retain a R.C.D.D. on staff, LAN Specialist designation is preferred.
The contractor shall be factory certified for all of the products they install.
c. A mandatory pre-bid meeting shall be held, administrative and technical questions will be answered at this
time. Failure to attend this meeting will result in ineligibility to quote pricing for this contract. A pre-design
meeting may be held with the selected contractor to answer any further questions.
4 Delivery, Storage, and Handling
a. The contractor shall make all arrangements to unload and transport delivered materials and equipment to the
job site. Equipment and materials shall be received at the site in new condition and shall be maintained in new
condition throughout the installation process.
b. Designated telecommunication rooms may be used with the project manager’s approval for material storage.
c. Materials shall be new. Damaged or deteriorated equipment and material will not be acceptable.
5 Project/Site Conditions
a. Conditions of the projects will vary with each installation. The majority of the buildings within the scope of this
work will be occupied during this installation. Every consideration must be given to the building occupants.
b. Projects may require some work to be performed when the building is unoccupied or after normal working
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a. This task shall be the responsibility of the Structured Cabling Contractor. Scheduling of work to be performed
in existing, occupied buildings shall be the responsibility of the project manager along with the Design Review
a. The installed structured cabling system shall be GUARANTEED against defects in material and installation for
a minimum period of one year from the date of completion. Longer periods of warranty as provided by the
equipment manufacturer will be provided.
b. Upon completion of the project, all owners manuals and related documents, including warranty paperwork, will
be provided to the Design Review Team.
1 Materials and Equipment
a. All materials, equipment, and devices shall, as a minimum, meet the requirements of UL where UL standards
are established for those items, and the requirements of NFPA 70. All like items of equipment shall be a
standard product of the same manufacturer. No substitutions shall be allowed without written approval.
b. Horizontal Wiring, Voice and Data. TIA category 5, four pair 100-ohm unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable with
24 gage solid copper conductors. AT&T 1061 or AT&T 2061 if used in a plenum area or approved equal. All
cable must have the words “UL Verified Category 5” stamped on the outer insulation jacket. Maximum length
90 meters (295 ft.). Provide documentation of current UL certification with submittals.
c. Entry Connecting Block. Entry Block shall be required where appropriate. Acceptable styles shall be AT&T
189, 188 and cross connect or 110 or 66 style blocks.
d. House (Backbone) Telephone Cable. Multi-Pair riser cable, pair count as indicated. AT&T 1024.
e. Horizontal Wiring Patch Panel. Patch panels shall be provided in sizes as needed for each project and shall
be available in 24, 48 and 96 port sizes. Patch panels will be EIA 568A wired, TIA/EIA 568A category 5 110
style termination to RJ45 modular jack, AMP Series 55786X-1 or approved equal.
f. Patch Cables. Factory terminated and tested patch cord, TIA Category 5, (minimum). Four pair, 100-ohm
unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable with 24 gage stranded copper conductors. Provide with an 8-pin modular
plugs on each end, and TIA 568A pin/pair assignments. Provide factory strain relief boot (color Blue) on each
end of patch cord. Allentel or approved equal. Provide documentation of factory testing to Category 5
requirements with submittals.
g. Wall Mount Voice/Data Communications Outlet. Connector shall be a modular 8-pin jack assembly with 110
style IDC connecting hardware and TIA 568A pin/pair assignments. Submit evidence of UL verification to TIA
Category 5 with submittals. Jack shall be AMP 557818-X and 55750X-1 series faceplate or approved equal.
h. Wall Mount Voice Only Communications Outlet. Wall plate shall be stainless steel, single gang, single jack,
with lugs for wall phone mounting. Provide with 6-pin (RJ11) modular jack assembly. Hubbell BR630W6A.
i. Floor Mount Voice/Data Communications Outlet. Jack assembly for voice and data shall be a Hubbell
5110819 TIA Category 5 modular connector. Provide evidence of UL verification to TIA Category 5 with
submittals. These connectors are designed to be used in Hubbell 3SFBSS floor boxes.
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j. Utility Column Voice/Data Communications Outlet. Outlet shall be designed to attractively fit utility pole.
Provide evidence of UL verification to TIA Category 5 with submittals.
k. D-Rings. Various sizes as manufactured by Allen Tel, GB13 models.
l. Slotted Wireway and Accessories. Manufactured by Panduit, type S, slotted wall duct, gray in color, in sizes as
indicated on drawings.
m. Surface Mount Raceway. Manufactured by Panduit, Panway, Type LD raceway as needed.
n. Wall Mount Rack 19”. EIA/TIA standard 36” high x 19” wide x 18” deep aluminum wall mount rack with
universal 5/8”, 5/8”, ½” alternating hole pattern. Chatsworth 11632-518.
o. Surge Protector. 120 volt surge protector as manufactured by American Power Conversion, Surge Arrest Plus
p. Patch Cord Organizer. Homaco models FCM-19-2L and FCM-19-1.
q. Blank, Rack Space. Blank 3 rack space, Homaco BF-19-3B. Blank 1 rack space, Homaco BF-19-1B or BF-
r. Cable Management Cabinet. Sizes 32” and 50” high x 18” wide x 6” deep, with factory fire retardant plywood
backboard, key lock, and 3” diameter grommets both sides/top and bottom plus two top and two bottom (total
of eight). Homaco MC-5018-6BO or MC-3218-6BO.
s. Labels. Furnish and install engraved phenolic plates with 5/32” high white lettering on a black background for
all racks. Attach with epoxy based clear adhesive.
t. Patch Panel and Outlet Labeling. All labels shall be preprinted and uniquely identify each port. No handwritten
labels will be accepted. Brother P-Touch or Brady Labeling Systems will be used.
u. Fiber Optic cable shall be 625/125 Micron Multimode FDDI grade and packaged as required for the application
in which it will be used, i.e. Plenun rated, Indoor/Outdoor Duct or direct burial Gel-filled or Loose Tube.
v. Hub equipment shall be 3Com, Configuration and models to be used shall be agreed upon by the design
review team. 3Com Core Builder 3500 Switches, 3Com 3300 10/100 Switches and 3Com Superstack II 500
series 10/100 Hubs are the models of choice for most applications.
a. The installation shall be in strict accordance with all applicable codes and standards, the respective
manufacturer’s written instructions, contract drawings, and these specifications. All materials, equipment, and
devices shall be new and unused, of current manufacture of the highest grade, free from defects.
b. Workmanship shall be of the highest grade in accordance with modern practice. The installed system shall be
neat, clean, and well organized in appearance. Provide working clearances for normal system operation,
reconfiguration, and repair.
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a. Route cabling in provided wireways if available. Install all required cabling support systems per TIA/EIA 568A.
All cables shall follow the building at parallel and perpendicular angles and be supported every 4’ with
approved methods. No cables shall be supported by the ceiling grids or attached to any existing conduit or
ceiling support wires.
b. Any penetrations must be sleeved and fire stopped as required by NEC, State and County Codes.
a. Category 5 termination shall be made in strict accordance with TIA guidelines as well as the manufacture’s
printed instructions for both the cable and the termination device for all field connections in the “horizontal
b. Strip cable jacket back a maximum of 1 inch from the termination.
c. Maintain factory symmetrical twists to within 0.5 inches (13 mm max) of the point of termination.
a. Label cable at each end. All labels shall be produced using a laser printer and shall be easily readable from
the floor level when viewing a backboard, panel, or communications outlet form the front. Handwritten labels
are not acceptable. Provide data sheets describing proposed labeling products for cable and conduit with pre-
b. Label horizontal wiring cables based on serving wiring closet number, outlet location room number, and outlet
c. Label distribution (house) cables based on building number, source telecom room number, and destination
telecom room number.
d. Label each communication outlet, horizontal wiring terminal block, and rack as indicated on the contract
e. Label all fiber and copper uplink cables to identify equipment connection.
5 System Verification and Acceptance
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a. Category 5 UTP cable testing shall test each conductor for end-to-end continuity. Test each cable for
correct termination on a pin-by-pin basis. Test each station with a Category 5 tester, Microtest Penta
Scanner or approved equal, to verify compliance with EIA/TIA specifications for Category 5 UTP with an
allowable deviation of plus or minus five (5%) percent. Use test method, which allows for connectorization
at each end. Test at the full range of frequencies indicated by EIA/TIA up to and including 100 MHz.
b. Fiber Optic Cable shall be tested with a Tektronix TFP2A FiberMaster OTDR. The OTDR shall be fitted
with a 3.5 inch disk drive for storing test results in *.WMF format. Each strand of the installed fiber optic
cabling, with mated connectors at each end, shall have a total power loss (in db) less than or equal to the
manufacturers’ performance specifications for the cable and connectors, when adjusted for the installed
length, and with an allowable deviation of 1.0 db.
c. Document results of testing and submit to the owner’s representative for review and approval. The test
log to be submitted shall include outlet identifiers as indicated on the drawings, the test date, the initials of
the technician who performed the test, and the test results.
6 Instruction of Owner
a. The contractor shall schedule a time to provide not less than four hours of formal training to not less than two
persons identified by the Design Review Team.
b. Training shall include a “walk-through” of the system for location and labeling orientation, a discussion of
overall system concepts and configuration, specific instruction in system reconfiguration using patch cords in
the wiring closets, a review of the as-built drawings, a review of the system testing and acceptance
documentation, and guidelines for basic trouble-shooting of the structured cabling system.
c. The instruction shall be presented in an organized and professional manner by a person who is thoroughly
familiar with the installation.
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