The Details


Annual visitors to the Shedd Aquarium reach about 2 million. It’s imperative that the nonprofit continuously run mechanical equipment in the labs, HVAC systems, card access and ozone generation security, computers for ticket sales, phone technology, and building automations systems connected to animal cages, pumps and animal life support. LVS is the preferred data subcontractor for the Shedd.


  • Replaced every patch panel in 11 IDF closets with new Ortronics Cat 6 patch panels and relabeled every port.
  • Re-termination of over 1000 Cat 5e and Cat 6 cables.
  • Installed new deeper horizontal and vertical wire management in all IDF closets for better patch cord management.
  • Condensed data rack layouts by removing unused panels and equipment to free up space for future data cabling and switches.
  • Updated all IDF rack and tray grounding to meet current industry standards.
  • Certified almost 1000 data cables to Cat 5e and Cat 6 specifications.
  • Removed over 10,000 feet of unused and abandoned coax and data cable.


Aside from the daily foot traffic, the maze-like layout of the aquarium is comprised of three different buildings built at different points in time. Working mainly at night and behind the scenes, LVS took on the Shedd’s IDF renovation project with minimal disruption.


“I just wanted to send a note regarding the excellent work your team has done and continues to do here at the Shedd. Your foreman Jeff Duschene is remarkable to work with over the years and has contributed to keeping Shedd one of the premier cultural institutions in Chicago. Truly a pleasure to work with him and everyone at LVS.”

Chris Clous – Manager of Technology

Shedd Aquarium

About The Project