Telecommunications Infrastructure Upgrade

Current Activity

Information Technology Services completed work in the Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB), to update the campus fiber optic distribution infrastructure during winter break 2015. Redundant fiber optic paths were created to help insure that campus systems will remain operational in the event of physical damage to the network infrastructure.

Four separate contracts were awarded for Phase B of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Upgrade (TIU) project. One contract was awarded for all telecommunication room construction (9097 H) and the other three contracts are for inside structured cabling (9097 J, K, L). The three are divided by geographical locations.

Information Technology Services (ITS), coordinated with contractors upon completion of their work to perform network cut-overs and VoIP deployments. Currently all construction and cabling work has been completed.  

Contractors are currently removing old cables from various sites, such as Jack Baskin Engineering, Communications, Earth and Marine, etc.  This is the final step to completing their work.

Telecom Room Improvements- (9097 H), was awarded to Mike Hinson Construction and construction began December 2015.

Inside Structured Cabling- (9097 K) was awarded to IES Construction.

Inside Structured Cabling- (9097 J) was awarded to 3D Datacom. 

Inside Structured Cabling- (9097 L) was awarded to Johnson Electronics.

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:


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