26 Jul 2017

BACKGROUND:

Verizon opened its 10,000 square feet of interactive shopping space at 840 N. Michigan Avenue with tremendous fanfare. Low Voltage Solutions was a key player in building out the retail destination store, which is situated across from Chicago’s Water Tower Place.

THE PROJECT INCLUDED:

  • Voice and data cabling.
  • Fiber optic cabling.
  • Point of sale network, cash racks, and back office data cabling.
  • The project required five months worth of work – compressed into three.

 

“I know it wasn’t exactly the smoothest ride with so many cooks in the kitchen, but LVS did a great job. We had zero issues with our data. Everyone here was pleased.”

Tom O’Day – Senior Technical Analyst

Verizon

26 Jul 2017

BACKGROUND:

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.

THE PROJECT INCLUDED:

  • 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.

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE:

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

26 Jul 2017

BACKGROUND:

Architect Henry Ives Cobb designed this eighteen-floor building that sits along Michigan Avenue in the heart of the Loop in 1893. After years of being one of Chicago’s crown jewels, the CAA closed its doors in 2007. The building had fallen in disrepair until developers snapped it up in 2015. Today, it stands as one of Chicago’s swankiest hotels.

THE PROJECT INCLUDED:

  • Supplied voice and data cabling, one main telephone closet, 4 IDF (distribution) closets throughout the vertical risers, a CCTV and security system, installation of 85 cameras and servers, and a card reader system.
  • Connected all the closets with copper and fiber optic cable.
  • Installed a full audiovisual system in one of several boardrooms. While guests listen to the rich sounds of Louis Armstrong or Duke Ellington, the background music is unobtrusively hidden among 72 speakers throughout the building.
  • A distributed antennae system, similar to wireless access points, allows topnotch mobile phone service and Internet access.

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE:

Working within an existing building is oftentimes a challenge. A historic building designated with landmark status is even more so. Unlike new construction, where access for cabling is straightforward, crews must work around tight spaces and unexpected surprises.

26 Jul 2017

BACKGROUND:

Arkadia Tower, a 34-story high rise at 765 W. Adams located in the Greektown neighborhood of Chicago’s West Loop, has 350 units and 25,000 feet of street retail space. The design/build project utilized LVS’ unique expertise to take projects from conception to completion.

THE PROJECT INCLUDED:

  • LVS selected technology with compatibility and performance. These included: a Salient Systems network server and Video Management Software, Axis IT Cameras, Keyscan Card Access System with System 7 software solution, a Honeywell/Notifier fire alarm system, and a CommScope solution.
  • LVS designed each low voltage system for Arkadia Tower, identifying the location of devices on detailed CAD drawings produced by on-staff designers.
  • LVS electricians installed a telephone, data and TV distribution system, computers for the leasing office, a high rise fire alarm system, a CCTV surveillance system, an emergency call system (for the garage) and a 30-device resident access control system throughout the futuristic-looking building that includes special access points to a rooftop pool deck, workout room, mini-theater, and lounge.
  • LVS handled city approvals and customer sign-offs.
  • The project consisted of 150,000 ft. of Category 6 cable, 50 cameras and 30 card readers.

 

“I don’t consider LVS as a subcontractor but as a partner; it takes teamwork to succeed in our businesses.”

Rick Jansen – Vice President
Shamrock Electric Co., Inc.

26 Jul 2017

BACKGROUND:

FedEx, which projected in late 2014 that it would be spending $1.2 billion on more than 70 major expansion projects in the U.S. for FedEx Ground according to the company’s website, engaged LVS to support part of that growth.

THE PROJECT INCLUDED:

  • Camera systems in four new locations: Tacoma, Wash.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Houston; and Boulder, Colo.
  • The project consisted of roughly 35 cameras at each site, with a little less at the Tennessee and Colorado locations.
  • FedEx is using the camera system to monitor conveyor systems moving packages from one point to another. FedEx facility managers are able to identify the source of a problem – and a solution – quickly. The cameras have built-in technology for remote viewing as well. Boxes of different sizes pose challenges as they travel the conveyor with small, narrow boxes posing the greatest challenge.

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE:

The biggest challenge of doing out-of-state work was access to parts. LVS jumped hurdles by maintaining good relationships with suppliers located in regional offices.

26 Jul 2017

BACKGROUND:

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital is a three-story tower with 110,000 square feet and 96 private patient rooms. The hospital, based in Downers Grove, Ill., has won numerous awards, including being named on the Top 100 Hospitals list five times. Advocate is the largest health system in Illinois.

THE PROJECT INCLUDED:

  • An on-site foreman and up to nine technicians at any one time.
  • Cabling for voice, data, wireless access points, cameras, and telemetry antennas. New backbone cabling was installed from the tower addition to the main hospital. LVS installed roughly 2,000 Category 6 cables on the project, as well as fiber optics and telephone trunks. State-of-the-art equipment is used for patient tracking, care and nurse response.
  • The addition is proposed to meet silver criteria outlined by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE:

Keeping up with time constraints, schedules, and turnover dates – particularly during a summer that proved to be one of LVS’ busiest.