Project : NCS Connects the Next Generation of Industry Leaders at San Jacinto College with IT Solutions
NCS Connects the Next Generation of Industry Leaders at San Jacinto College with IT Solutions
San Jacinto College
Structured Cabling, Audio Visual, Security, and Public Safety Distributed Antenna System (DAS)
San Jacinto College
Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation, San Jacinto College has awarded 53,908 degrees and certificates, 13,000 trade certifications, and built 16 new facilities within the last 10 years. At the forefront of experiential learning, San Jac plays a pivotal role by not only enhancing the region’s economy to support employment but is a key contributor for the future of the “Energy Capital of the World.” With 4 campuses located throughout East Harris County, the college has served for over 40 years as a training hub to the largest petrochemical manufacturing complex in the United States.
Building the Next Generation of Industry Leaders
To meet the growing demands of the industry, San Jacinto College’s Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology (CPET) is a visionary project that leads the way in training the next generation of skilled workers. Designed by industry leaders, the 151,000-square-foot institutional complex is the largest instructional complex in the Gulf Coast Region. San Jac’s partnership with the petrochemical industry has created an opportunity to reflect the culture in the 33 custom interior labs, 20 interactive classrooms, pilot plant lab, and 8,000-square-foot glycol distillation unit.
The growth of the petrochemical and renewable energy sector requires a steady stream of skilled workers who need a 21st-century institution with group-based active-learning classrooms and laboratories. To meet the future needs of students, San Jac wanted to harness new technology by integrating the latest in voice, data, video, and wireless communications for the CPET facility. Thinking beyond the traditional classroom, NCS was tasked with designing and installing an extensive information technology (IT) and collaborative AV infrastructure solution. Part of the challenge of integrating a robust IT network and a multilayered infrastructure system was ensuring varying levels of access and connectivity on a unified platform.
NCS installed custom solutions to ensure a future-ready facility, which included computer network Internet access, a Wi-Fi network, high definition and interactive monitors throughout the facility, sound distribution, public safety systems, and video surveillance, all of which help San Jac IT staff to focus on the more mission-critical applications that drive the college experience.
NCS performed a complete build-out of four Intermediate Distribution Facilities (IDF) and one Main Distribution Frame (MDF) via distinct and dedicated multimode and singlemode CommScope fiber optic backbones with MaxCell. By utilizing MaxCell’s fabric innerduct, we were able to maximize conduit space, minimize installation costs, and allow for the future growth of the infrastructure. The project also included the installation of inter-building (between) and intra-building (within) copper backbone systems to support analog services. NCS installed 1,000+ Panduit Category 6 network cabling drops for workstation outlets, wireless access points, audiovisual displays and security cameras. The design adhered to ANSI/TIA/EIA industry standards and BICSI best practices.
NCS worked with San Jac AV staff to develop and implement standard classroom and conference room systems throughout the facility to deliver campus communication that empowers students, teachers, and visitors. In each of the 33 custom interior labs and 20 interactive classrooms, NCS installed a combination of single, dual, and short-throw projection systems. There are also four conference rooms utilizing Da-Lite fixed frame screen, NEC laser projectors, and Crestron camera soundbars with a Kramer via Campus to create an easy to use collaborative environment.
The main entrance of the center at Eaton Commons consists of four distinct areas: event space, the common area, and two instructional spaces, each with their own unique audiovisual experience.
- 16’ wide by 9’ high Samsung 2.0mm LED video wall
- Renkus Heinz Loudspeaker Audio System
- NEC 55” 2x2 video wall and a JBL Control series ceiling speakers
- Crestron Touch Screens< br/> Wireless microphones, audio input/output plates, and video source program audio
- Broadcast Quality Video Production System
- ViewSonic interactive monitors on height-adjustable wall mounts
- Industries instructor lecterns
As part of San Jac’s comprehensive security strategy, NCS installed 10 interior and 12 multi- and single-lens exterior IP and analog camera systems to optimize campus safety. With video surveillance cameras being a key part of San Jac’s security strategy, NCS deployed 10 Hanwha dome 5MP cameras and one 2MP dual-lens camera inside the CPET facility. For outdoor security monitoring, NCS utilized 5MP multi-sensor cameras and one 5MP multi-sensor plus PTZ. The security system provides enhanced situational awareness and helps college security staff gain more visibility and real-time insight with advanced video analytics capabilities and reporting and live view video on-the-go.
Public Safety Distributed Antenna System (DAS)
During the final walk-through of the facility, the Fire Marshal discovered he could not communicate with dispatch in certain areas of the building; therefore, the City of Pasadena was unable to sign off on the Certificate of Occupancy. NCS quickly mobilized to install a Public Safety Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to meet the National Fire Alarm and Signaling (NFPA) 72 Code for emergency management systems. The DAS system distributes and bidirectionally amplifies the radio signal between first responders within the facility and those responders outside.
During pre-install, benchmark testing procedures, and coverage analysis, it was determined that the average signal strength was well below the requirements outlined in NFPA 72. Post-installation testing confirmed that this was a successful installation with average signal strength well above NCPA 72 requirements. The completed DAS system was comprised of rooftop donor antennas, surge protection, bi-directional amplifiers, battery back-up systems, ½” coaxial cabling, directional couplers, and Omni-directional indoor antennas.
By integrating the latest technology trends, equipment, and best practices, the new center’s infrastructure network has more wireless throughput, intelligent lighting systems, collaboration spaces, enhanced security measures, complex audiovisual systems, and smart building technology. The project was completed within the requested timeframe and budget. As San Jacinto College grows, NCS continues to work alongside the college to standardize the IT infrastructure for future facilities, including the new ground-up campus at Generation Park.