1. This document describes general products and execution requirements relating to furnishing and installing Telecommunications Infrastructure consisting of communication rooms, spaces, power, pathways, and cabling for Oregon State University. Backbone and horizontal cabling comprised of Copper and Fiber Optic, and support systems are covered under this document. All installations are warranted and shall be pre-registered with Ortronics/Superior Essex before work begins as does Corning Fiber systems.
    2. The Horizontal (workstation) Cabling System shall consist of a minimum of (2) Category 6, 4-pair Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) Copper Cables to each work area outlet within office locations unless otherwise noted for specific locations. Category 3 cable will be required for conference room phones, classroom wall and emergency phones in addition to life safety connectivity (elevators, fire alarm, auto dialers). Category 6A will be required for all wireless access point horizontal cabling and research lab spaces. The cables shall be installed from the Work Area Outlet to the appropriate Telecommunications Room (TR) and routed to the appropriate rack or backboard serving that area and terminated as specified in this document.

    3. All cables and related pathways, supports, terminations, and grounding hardware shall be furnished, installed, wired, tested, labeled, and documented by the Telecommunications contractor as detailed in this document and required by contract conditions.

    4. Product specifications, general design considerations, and installation guidelines are provided in this document. Quantities of telecommunications outlets, communication room details, equipment racks, cable routing and outlet types will be provided as project specific information by bid specification and/or bid drawings. The contractor shall meet or exceed all requirements for any infrastructure system as detailed within this document. This document shall be referenced within a projects specific scope of work.


    1. The Telecommunications contractor submitting a response regarding an Oregon State University Voice/Data Infrastructure solicitation must be an approved Ortronics Certified Installer Plus (CIP) and a certified Corning Cabling Systems NPI Installer. Solicitation responses from a single contractor not certified by Ortronics and Corning Fiber Systems as (CIP/NPI) will not be accepted. Solicitation responses will only be accepted from firms certified by Corning Cable Systems and Ortronics. The Telecommunications contractor is responsible for workmanship and installation practices in accordance with the Ortronics CIP Program and as the Corning Cabling Systems Program dictates.

    It is the intent of Oregon State University's Campus Infrastructure Standard to ensure that a contractor is both an Ortronics CIP and a Corning NPI installer. Contractors must possess an Ortronics CIP and a Corning NPI certification within the state of Oregon to qualify for solicitation responses at the time an RFP is due for submission.


    1. Submit appropriate cut sheets and samples for all products, hardware and cabling as detailed in project specifications and drawings.


      Work shall not proceed without OSU Information Services written approval of the submitted items.


    1. All work shall be performed in accordance with the following Codes and industry Standards, unless noted otherwise:
      1. NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code, current version adopted by local or State AHJ.
      2. ANSI/TIA/EIA 568-C – Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standard, cur- rent version.
      3. ANSI/TIA/EIA 569-C – Commercial Building Standard for Telecommunications Pathways and Spaces, current version.
      4. ANSI/TIA/EIA 606-B – Administration Standard for Commercial Telecommunications Infra- structure, current version.
      5. ANSI/TIA/EIA 607-B – Commercial Building Grounding (Earthing) and Bonding Requirements for Telecommunications, current version.
      6. IEEE 241 - IEEE Recommended Practice for Electric Power Systems in Commercial Buildings, pertaining to communication systems.

    5.  WARRANTY

    1. Ortronics/Superior Essex nCompass Limited Life Time warranty for horizontal subsystem. 
    1. nCompass Category 6+ Cabling, Connectivity Hardware and Patch Cables shall be covered by a, nCompass Limited Lifetime warranty labor and application assurance warranty. The application assurance portion shall provide coverage for the cabling system to support the applications that are designed for the specifications outlined in ANSI/TIA/EIA 568-C.0-2. These applications include, but are not limited to 10BASE-T, 100BASE-T, 1000BASE-T and 155 Mb/s ATM.
    2. Corning 25-year NPI Warranty for fiber optic riser and outside plant backbone subsystems.


  1. This Section includes general requirements specifically applicable to Division 27. 
  2. The Contractor shall be responsible for:
    1. Providing material and labor for a complete turnkey infrastructure system. Including but not limited to: All permits, power, racks, pathway, cabling, fire safing, grounding, patch panels, testing, labeling, warranty and close out documentation.
  3. Intent of Drawings:
  1. Communications plan drawings show only general locations of equipment, devices, raceways, cable trays, boxes, etc. All dimensioned locations and elevations are approximate. The contractor is responsible for the field coordination of communications work with the other trades prior to beginning work.
  2. The contractor shall be responsible for the proper placement and routing of equipment, cable, raceways, cable tray, and related components; according to the Contract Documents and subject to prior review by contractor.
  3. Refer all conflicts between Contract Documents to owner for resolution.


A. The owner will implement a comprehensive integrated communications distribution system, as described in paragraph B below, to provide wiring infrastructure which may be used to support one or more of the following services and systems:

  1. Telephony and Data telecommunications.
  2. Wireless systems.
  3. Facilities management systems.
  4. Audio/Video telecommunications.

         B. The communications distribution system consists of the following major subsystems, as specified elsewhere:

  1. Interbuilding Backbone: The interbuilding subsystem refers to all twisted-pair and fiber optic backbone communications cabling connecting the Main Building Entrance Facility room (EF) to each building Main Distribution Frame room (MDF) in all buildings on the campus. Note: typically outside plant cables.
  2. Intrabuilding Backbone: The intrabuilding subsystem refers to all twisted-pair and fiber optic backbone communications cabling connecting the Main Distribution Frame room (MDF) to each Intermediate Distribution Frame Room (IDF) in the buildings.
  3. Telecommunication Rooms (TR): Main Distribution Frame (MDF) and Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF).
  4. Horizontal Distribution: The horizontal distribution subsystem refers to all intra-building twisted-pair and fiber optic communications cabling connecting telecommunication rooms (IDF’s) to telecommunication outlets (TOs) located at individual work areas.
  5. Work Area Distribution Subsystem: Patch cords, adapters, and devices located between the TO and station equipment.

          C. The communications distribution system is based on a combination of the following communications transmission technologies as defined by specific project specifications: 

  1. 100-ohm 4-pair unshielded twisted-pair cable. (Cat 6, Cat 6a)
  2. 100-ohm multi-pair unshielded twisted-pair cable. (Cat 3). Note: nCompass warranty does not apply to 100- ohm multi-pair cables.
  3. 850 nm Laser Optimized 50/125-micron multimode fiber optic cable.
  4. 8.3/125-micron singlemode fiber optic cable.
  5. 8-position telecommunications jacks.
  6. 8-position telecommunications patch panels.
  7. Insulation displacement connector (IDC) type field terminated wiring blocks.
  8. Factory Terminated copper patch cords.
  9. Rack mount fiber optic hardware.
  10. Wall mounted fiber optic hardware.
  11. Fiber optic connectors.
  12. Factory terminated fiber optic patch cords.

D. The work locations and limits of work are shown on the drawings.


  1. BICSI RCDD Certification is required for anyone performing infrastructure design, specifications and/or drawings for solicitation and construction. All drawings issued for construction shall have valid RCDD stamp.

  2. Wireless RF Design:

    1. Wireless Access Point (WAP) design, access point (AP) quantities and locations will be provided exclusively by Oregon State University IT Infrastructure/Network Operations Center (NOC) utilizing manufacturer RF design software with project drawings.

  3. Compliance by the contractor with the provisions of this specification does not relieve contractor of the responsibilities of furnishing materials and equipment of proper design, mechanically and electrically suited to meet operating guarantees at the specified service conditions. 

  4. Communication room design: 

    1. Minimum communication room size for EF room shall be no less than 12’x16’.
    2. Minimum communication room size for MDF room shall be no less than 12’ x 16’ up to 624 horizontal data ports. Exceeding 624 data ports requires a larger room and additional equipment racks.
    3. Minimum communication room size for an IDF room shall be no less than 12’ x 14’ up to 624 horizontal data ports. Exceeding 624 data ports requires a larger room and additional equipment racks.
    4. All pathways, conduits, cable trays, slots and sleeves shall have no less than 50% future fill capacity when project is completed. This shall include all changes/adds to the project.
    5. All pathways, conduits, cable trays, slots and sleeves shall not have other cabling (fire alarm, Audio Visual, security etc.) routed within them.
    6. Each equipment rack dedicated to network equipment shall have (2) 120V L5-20 electrical outlets installed on rear of rack, within the rear vertical wire manger, 13” off finished floor. In addition each EF and MDF room shall have (2) 208V L6-30 outlets installed in equipment rack #1, also mounted in the rear of the rack, within the vertical managers.
    7. It is the intent of this specification to ensure/protect security of our communication rooms, sensitive student information, transmission compatibilities (EMI) and preservation of space for future technologies. Low voltage systems such as Fire Alarm panels, Controlled Access/Security systems, Audio Visual, Video, Point of Sale systems and Electrical panels shall not be incorporated into communication room space, racks, cabinets or walls.
      1. OSU Information Services recommends that a dedicated secure room be designated to incorporate Fire alarm, security access, Video DVR’s, HVAC controls, Audio Visual, etc. This space will have its own pathway system, sleeves, backboards and equipment rack.
    8. Audio Visual systems may require additional facilitation. Consult OSU Information Services Academic Technologies / Classroom Technology Services for specific space requirements and resources.


  1. Provide detailed project record documentation within 30 days of substantial completion of the work.
    1. Maintain separate sets of red-lined record drawings for the communications work which show the exact placement and identification of as-built system components.
    2. Provide communication pathway record drawings which indicate exact placement and routing for all components, e.g., maintenance holes, handholes, conduit, wireway, cable tray, pull boxes, enclosures, telecommunications outlet boxes, etc.
    3. Provide communication room record drawings which indicate exact placement for all components; e.g., conduit, wireway, cable tray, backboards, equipment cabinets, equipment racks, cross-connect equipment, etc.
    4. Provide communication wiring and cabling record “As-Builds’” drawings and schedules which indicate exact placement, routing, and connection details for all components, e.g., twisted-pair and fiber optic cables, splices, cable cross-connect termination locations, enclosures, telecommunications outlets, cross-connect jumpers, patch cords, etc.
    5. Provide network schematics when appropriate.


  1. Substitutions are not authorized without written approval from woners authorized representative through addendum.
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