converged campus

As the telecommunications infrastructure is evolving into a utility, stakeholders are evaluating its capability and capacity to support operating objectives and integrate multiple systems through IP convergence. Incorporated into condition assessment and planning efforts, a performance evaluation of existing systems against current and future functionality is critical to fully maximizing the investment of a master plan. The functions supported by these systems fall into two categories: facility operations and technology connectivity. Technology connectivity addresses the physical layer connectivity and cabling, the types of networks supported, topology and bandwidth throughput. Whereas the facility operations is assessed based upon the system’s ability to serve as intelligent infrastructure for security, access control, surveillance and building automated systems. Low-voltage systems are also evaluated in their ability to support specialty applications.

California State Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) 

Engaged with the first project in the series of 7 that was complete in the summer of 2013, Hargis’ telecommunications team supported the design-build approach to the new 1.155 million sf Stockton health care facility. We worked closely with the overall project team and design-build entity to leverage converged technologies to blend the low voltage system backbone infrastructure with the security electronics. We are also responsible for the programming and design of the fire alarm, nurse call, telemetry, telemedicine, wireless LAN, CATV/MATV, distributed antenna, telephone, data network and low voltage systems. Our ability to effectively support this project has earned us subsequent engagements, including the 2016 Renovation/Replacement masterplan (12 campuses) statewide.

Alaska State Department of Corrections

The new, 1,536-bed, 135-acre medium security correctional facility doubles the capacity of the in-state correctional system.  Awarded through a 6-month competitive design competition, Hargis collaborated with the design-build team, State of Alaska Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) division and professional peers to plan, program, and design the telecommunications infrastructure to support the campus and facilities it entailed. Going beyond telecommunications planning, programming and design of voice/data, CATV, VLAN and LAN networks, the team applied its knowledge of IP-based systems and how they can provide operational efficiencies to enhance the project outcomes. We worked with the stakeholders to identify the active electronics to be incorporated into the campus-supporting telecommunications infrastructure. We applied our knowledge of correctional technologies and various levels of security and access control to determine how to best support those applications over the network with the greatest potential for return on investment. 2012 National DBIA Award recipient.

Washington State Department of Corrections

Our specialists led a multi-discipline team in the evaluation of the existing, interdependent systems in order to develop a viable approach to complete the telecommunications infrastructure replacement project over multiple biennia. Collaborating with the DOC, agency IT specialists, and CBCC stakeholders, the team developed and designed an approach to address and upgrade the system deficiencies as a whole for the 15-building close-custody campus, with contingency plans for partial upgrades within the 24/7 close-custody campus. We have provided continuity to the subsequent deployment of several partial upgrades to poise the system for a complete replacement that will leverage the benefits of an IP-based system configuration.