Wired for Success: Best Practices for Constructing Telecommunications Facilities

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The demand for robust, reliable communications infrastructure is booming. Technology leaders are presented with an exciting opportunity to build the future of telecommunications. They also face the pressure of staying ahead in an ever-evolving industry. 

At Crain Construction, we understand these complexities. With over 90 years of experience in the construction industry, we’ve honed our expertise building innovative facilities.  We merge our values, collaborative approach, knowledge-driven mindset, and extensive experience to deliver exceptional results. In this post, we’ll share our insights into the unique aspects of telecommunications construction and guide you through best practices to ensure a smooth, successful construction journey for your next switch station, data center, or broadcasting facility.

Navigating the Unique Landscape of Telecommunications Construction

Building a telecommunications facility is different from constructing your average commercial space. These projects demand careful attention to several unique aspects:

Keeping Pace on Complex Projects: 

The biggest challenge for most telecommunication projects is adapting to new commercial construction realities. Lead times on equipment have skyrocketed, impacting schedules and construction methods. That’s why constant communication with vendors and proactive planning are crucial to navigating these challenges.

Intricate Infrastructure:

Telecommunications facilities differ significantly from traditional construction. The intricate network of infrastructure—underfloor, overhead, and everything in between—needed to support equipment like UPS, RPPs, PDUs, and batteries demands specialized expertise and meticulous attention to detail.

Building for the Future:

Rapid advances in technology, like the integration of 5G and the push for digital transformation, present exciting opportunities. Many facilities are expanding and forging new partnerships. This translates to an increased demand for efficient and innovative construction solutions that build with the future in mind.

Best Practices for a Successful Telecommunications Build

At Crain, we firmly believe that successful telecommunications construction hinges on several key best practices that we put in place on every project. 

BIM Modeling – Seeing is Believing: 

Integrating BIM (Building Information Modeling) throughout the pre-construction phase, with all trades involved, is paramount to the success of telecommunications projects. This 3D modeling software helps identify potential conflicts before construction begins and streamlines design issues to provide a clear virtual blueprint for the field crew.

Foster Collaboration with Trade Partners:

 Communication is key, especially on detailed telecommunications projects. For example, during the construction of the Verizon Switch Center, we facilitated pre-construction meetings for each trade before they set foot on the job site. We discussed scope, installation procedures, and potential risks to minimize disruption and protect sensitive equipment.

Equipment Oversight Matters: 

We also learned a valuable lesson with the Verizon project: equipment delays are one of the biggest issues that can derail a construction project. To prevent this, we advocate for on-site inspections at manufacturing facilities before equipment is shipped, ensuring it meets all specifications and arrives ready for installation.

Protect the Sensitive Ecosystem: 

Whether you’re building a new center or connecting with existing facilities, meticulous care of the equipment is crucial. Any damage or compromise to the equipment can lead to disruptions in communication services, potentially impacting businesses, emergency services, and the general public who rely on these networks for connectivity. During the Verizon project, we implemented dust-free environments and rigorous protection protocols to ensure existing equipment remained unharmed.

Your Trusted Partner in Telecommunications Construction

Building a telecommunications facility is an exciting yet complex undertaking. At Crain Construction, we’re not just builders; we’re your partners in navigating this unique landscape. We bring decades of experience, a commitment to collaboration, and an unwavering dedication to quality to every project we undertake. If you’re looking for a partner who understands the unique challenges and opportunities of your telecommunications project in the Southeast, contact our team today.

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