Telecommunications Infrastructure Upgrade

Current Activity

Phase B of the TIU project has been completed, with the exception of a few punch list items which should be completed by the end of September 2017. 

Physical Planning and Construction (PP&C) along with ITS, are in the process of reviewing and editing construction drawings for TIU Phase C. This stage typically includes three rounds of plan reviews that culminate into construction drawings and specifications for the bidding process.

Interviews have been conducted with representatives of Cowell-Stevenson, Crown-Merrill and the Arts-ARC complex to verify end-user requirements and existing infrastructure details.  This information will be used to update the corresponding floor plans with the most current information.

As with many projects we perform on campus, this initial stage is somewhat challenging as many systems and space needs have evolved over the years.  However, PP&C and ITS are committed to making sure that the end user needs are considered, represented and that changes are captured.

 Physical Planning and Construction (PP&C) has posted the bid information for the "A" package for Phase C.  


General Overview

UC Santa Cruz developed a ten-year telecommunications master plan to upgrade the communications infrastructure over the next decade in support of campus instruction, research, and administration. 

The intent of the TIU project is to provide a robust communications infrastructure with greater reliability and less down time, provide higher networking speeds of 1 Gb to the desktop to meet the needs of research initiatives, provide more extensive wireless coverage in recognition of the mobile environment we work and live in, and to converge the voice and data telephone system into voice over internet protocol (VoIP).

The Telecommunications Infrastructure Upgrade Project (TIU) is being implemented through a series of projects grouped in phases by geographic locations and grouped by each area’s primary network routing hub known as an Area Distribution Facility (ADF).  Phases A-D are indicated on the map.  In most areas, the outside plant fiber will be augmented and non-residential buildings will have telecommunication closets, inside building wire and network equipment upgraded.

In order to achieve this upgrade, Information Technology Services (ITS) and Physical Planning and Construction (PP&C) have joined efforts, with PP&C managing the capital construction portion and ITS managing the technology related construction upgrades.

Capital Construction

Overview of Program

There is significant construction required to achieve the goals of the TIU project: Telecommunications closets have to be expanded or created to house the new network equipment and to provide for battery or generator backup power, inside plant cabling has to be installed to replace the old and limited cabling currently in buildings, new outside plant fiber must be installed to provide sufficient connectivity and diverse paths, new interior and exterior wireless access points need to be added, new network switches must be installed in closets and Voice over IP cable telephones have to replace existing phone sets. This work will take place in four construction phases that take place over a period of five years. These four phases represent different campus geographic areas, grouped by each area’s primary network routing hub known as an Area Distribution Facility (ADF). A map of the campus showing the areas being upgraded during each phase can be found here:


If you have questions, please contact Jackie Davis at or call (831) 459-1660.