Texas A&M University College Station, Texas
ChallengeTexas A&M University was in the process of following through on a commitment to invest in infrastructure and assume the mantle as the nation's premier institution for engineering education. With its "25 by 25" initiative, the university planned to provide facilities and programs sufficient to grow its undergraduate engineering enrollment to 25,000 students by the year 2025. With the renovation and construction projects at its state-of-the-art Zachry Engineering Education Complex, the largest academic building on its very large campus, Texas A&M was delivering on its promise.
The university selected Vaughn to serve as construction manager-at-risk on the $172 million project. With a need for experience, integrity, and a long list of completed projects to match the scale of the job in College Station, Vaughn turned to FSG and its Tero Technologies network and cabling design team.
SolutionFSG's Tero Technology team conducted site surveys to verify all special requirements associated with the project, then coordinated with Vaughn to establish an agreement regarding any standards required for installation.
With schedules approved, Tero and FSG began work creating a cable pathway, interfacing with project electricians, as required. The work involved the installation and cable management of horizontal and backbone cabling. FSG installed over 6,000 Category 6 cables throughout the building, as well as 2,000 fiber optic terminations. Once that work was completed, crews began work on the build-out of MDF and IDF closets and proceeded with final trim-out. With the structured cabling work scope complete, FSG finished the project by conducting system-wide testing and providing all closeout documentation for Vaughn.
ResultThe new Zachry Engineering Education Complex opened its doors in 2019 to rave reviews and much fanfare in Aggieland. During remarks he delivered for the grand opening, Texas A&M president Michael Young stated, "This building will change how we're able to teach and, in turn, the students who study in this building, who have the opportunity to be in this building, will change the world."
For FSG and its Tero Technologies designers, the opportunity to be reminded of the long-term implications of another job well done was its own type of success.
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