The News & Observer

PROJECT: A Design / Build IT Project

CLIENT:     The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)

BACKGROUND AND CHALLENGE:

Founded in 1865, The News & Observer, headquartered on South McDowell Street in Raleigh, NC, is the region’s leading daily newspaper (website edition: www.newsobserver.com). Today the paper boasts a daily print circulation of over 119,000 readers, and 2.2 million unique visitors to its web edition every month. The paper is owned by The McClatchy Company.

The N&O looked to Premiere Communications and Consulting to fulfill two assignments outlined below.

SCOPE OF THE WORK:

McDowell Street Building

This was a complete data cable infrastructure upgrade, which involved pulling all new Cat6 cabling (approximately 500 Cat6 cables) to replace the existing Cat5 & Cat5e cable infrastructure that was existing.

Premiere’s team established (3) new IDF telecom closets with new equipment racks, wire management, overhead ladder racking, copper feeder & fiber backbone cabling to each new IDF (x3) & (2) existing IDFs. We removed all the old cabling from the ceilings that had been rendered obsolete after the new infrastructure was cut-over.

Our complete project documentation package included test results, labeled as-builts of the floor by floor outlets and IDF rack elevation drawings for each IDF (in CAD), complete warranty documentation by the product manufacturer, and full labor and workmanship guarantee by Premiere.

Martin Street Building

This was Phase 2 of the project, consisting of a new Cat6 data cable infrastructure for the newly renovated office spaces established in the historic Martin St Building including 3 floors of office & cubicle workstations (approximately 225 Cat6 cables).

We performed a build-out of (1) new IDF with equipment racks, wire management, overhead ladder racking, copper feeder & fiber backbone cabling from the McDowell Street Building data center for connections to the main network.

The comprehensive project documentation package included test results, labeled as-builts of the floor by floor outlets and IDF rack elevation drawings for each IDF (in CAD), complete warranty documentation by the product manufacturer, as well as a labor and workmanship guarantee by Premiere.

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