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Technology Plus is experienced in all levels of education having worked with K-12 schools, universities, and community colleges. The Technology Plus advantage is our in-depth knowledge and understanding of the specific needs of each level and area of education. Technology Plus will help identify and meet unique communications requirements to meet long and short term goals. 

Technology Plus achieved an A+ when tasked with improving communications technology for several educational institutions. A sampling of these projects included:

  • Distance Learning
  • Telecommuting
  • Multi-Media
  • Library Systems
  • Campus-Wide Communications Infrastructures
     

Featured Case Studies

K-12

Higher Education

 

Littleton Public Schools
Littleton, Colorado

Littleton Public Schools (the District) engaged Technology Plus to conduct an independent, district wide assessment of the needs and expectations for the technical infrastructure. The assessment included evaluating the current infrastructure and its ability to meet the current and anticipated future needs of education and assessing technology trends in education. Technology Plus then provided the District recommendations and cost estimates. 

The analysis is designed to assist school leadership in planning for the evolution of instructional technologies and critical network services. Guidance for a capital bond program that expanded and upgraded the Districts technology capabilities was also considered when evaluating the District’s system. The District was able to replace patchwork of cabling that was more than 20 years old through the bond.  The current system will be replaced with standardized and robust cabling, communication rooms, wireless access, as well as security and building management services over one network.

To achieve this holistic view, Technology Plus conducted on-site surveys of 26 district facilities and interviewed multiple key administrators.

Technology Plus successfully met the aggressive project schedule and completed the project in two months. The scope included assessments, justification for upgrade, and budget. Additional scope included:

  • Communications Infrastructure
    • Voice and Data Cabling
    • Telecommunication Rooms and Spaces
  • Security Risk Assessment
  • LPS Security Systems
    • CCTV
    • Access Control
    • Duress Alarms
    • Intrusion Detection
    • Lockdown Effectiveness
  • Communications System Cabling Pathways
  • Clocks, Bells and Paging
  • Connectivity to Building Management Systems

 

The report provided a detailed analysis and budget required to meet LPS present and future requirements. It was also used to provide taxpayers with details on the technology portion of the bond. 

 

 
   

    Adams County School District 14
    Commerce City, Colorado

Adams County School District 14 designed and built a new high school, which also houses a Community College. The facility is approximately 300,000 square feet and is located next to the Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City. 

Technology Plus was engaged to design the security system for the facility including perimeter security due to the existing significant vandalism issues at other schools. In addition, Technology Plus designed a wireless system to support wireless internet access throughout the school and adjacent courtyards.

Technology Plus worked closely with Adams County School District 14 and the architectural team to identify the security needs, define wireless coverage and select the appropriate security and wireless systems.  The systems were integrated into the communications infrastructure to allow installation during construction to save time and costs associated with retrofitting.

The system areas addressed by Technology Plus included:

  • Video Surveillance/Analysis
  • Access Control
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Access Point Coverage Map                                                           
  • Perimeter Monitoring
  • Oversight of the Installation
  • IT Integration
  • Wireless System Selection
     

Technology Plus performed an analysis and made recommendations for the security system and wireless system paying close attention to compatability with existing systems and long-term operational goals.  The video surveillance and access control system was designed to dramatically improve safety and decrease vandalism.  The wireless system enabled a more flexible learning environment.

 

Steamboat Springs School District
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

 

 Technology Plus was engaged as the technology systems consultant on the remodel of the Human Services Center (HSC) for Steamboat Springs School District Region-2. The Center had 13 modular classrooms placed outside the existing building. These were used to house the Soda Creek Elementary School classrooms and offices and required district standard technology systems. This included voice, data, audiovisual and security, which would connect to the existing HSC facility.  The existing HSC communications room required evaluation and modification to handle the modular classrooms. 

Technology Plus was responsible for the following systems:

  • Security
  • Structured Cabling
    • Voice and Data Cabling
    • Pathways
    • Data Room Modification
    • Wireless LAN Capability
  • CATV
  • Audiovisual Systems
    • Projectors
    • Presentation Systems
    • Audio Enhancement Systems 

 

 

    AuroraPublic Schools
    Aurora, Colorado

Technology Plus prepared a strategic plan for a 45-site, district-wide voice and data communications system for the third largest school district in the Denver metropolitan area.  Key project areas involved a system-wide survey, needs assessment, communications system design and budget planning.  Systems analysis included: voice/data network integration, WAN connectivity, PBX/voice messaging integration and infrastructure.  Technology Plus also developed the PBX specifications and design in the Request for Proposal for the main system-wide PBX.

Technology Plus provided a radio communications study for Aurora Public Schools.  The study evaluated the communication gaps and issues, performed a complete inventory or radio equipment assets and presented options for resolution.  Technology Plus recommended the use of abandoned city communication towers to enhance coverage.  This resulted in a low-cost solution to communication problems.  

 

Metro State University Student Success Building - AV
Denver, Colorado

The mission of the new Student Success Building of Metro State University is to provide a holistic approach to student development, learning, and persistence towards academic and personal goal attainment. The 143,000 square-foot building is home to the Office of the President, Center for Advanced Visualization and Experiential Analysis Theater (CAVEA), and the Office of the Registrar with student services including financial aid, student academic success, new student orientation, and other critical support services. In addition, a number of 21st Century classrooms are included that feature smart lecterns.

A key component of the building is the CAVEA. The CAVEA consists of a curved multi-image 3D rear projection system with additional projectors strategically located along the sides of the oval shaped room creating a collaborative space with advanced technology that allows users to make better decisions through the use of computer modeling and simulation. A surround sound audio system further enhances the experience.

The CAVEA is also connected to four nearby conference rooms which allows interactive, collaborative, and decision making events to occur.

Technology Plus provided the design of the technology systems that included: 

  • Structured Cabling
  • Outside Plant
  • Data Network
  • Wireless Access
  • Security  
  • Audiovisual
  • Acoustics

 

 

Rocky Vista UniversityRocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine  
Parker, Colorado

 

Technology Plus provided the design of the technology systems and infrastructure for the recently completed Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Parker, Colorado.  The systems design was based on the Master Plan and programming sessions with the Dean of the University. The following systems were included:

  • Structured Cabling System
  • Outside Plant
  • Data Network
  • Wireless Access
  • Data Center
  • Security Systems
  • Audiovisual Systems
     

The facility consisted of areas that include administrative offices, auditoriums, classrooms, laboratories, library, exam rooms, clinic, data center and support areas.  The early integration of Technology Plus proved to be effective in coordinating the civil, mechanical and electrical infrastructure, and building design with the technology systems.  The infrastructure designs of the building support systems are flexible, reliable and are easily adaptable to emerging and future technologies.

 

Michigan Information Technology Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Michigan Information Technology Center is equiped with high-tech communication, multimedia, and security systems.  The building was designed to provide a high level of flexibility, functionality and security and is enabled to handle future technological innovations.  The 110,000 square-foot facility includes 30,000 square feet of conference space featuring the latest in technology.

A high-level of flexibility was required to meet the extensive video-conferencing needs and video-based research of Internet2.  The multimedia spaces consist of two executive conference rooms, conference rooms, a multi-purpose room and two Access Grid rooms.  The Access Grid rooms feature three screens, sound reinforcement, local data connections and a control system to manage all aspects of the technology environment.  The larger Access Grid room will seat up to 60 people, theater-style.  A single image or separate images can be displayed on the three projection screens.  Each conference room can be configured for standard multimedia presentations, or multi-site video conferences.  Video and audio sources can be routed to any or all conference rooms. 

The CAT 6 cabling infrastructure includes four drops to each work location, providing gigabyte capability to each desktop. The structured cabling system extends beyond the voice and data to include the multimedia and security.  Significant savings in design and installation were realized by having one contractor install all the low-voltage cabling. On-going support will be realized by virtue of the well-documented integrated design.  In addition, communications infrastructure standards were established to manage the long-term integrity and viability of the system.

 

Colorado School of Mines, Center for Technology and Learning Media
Golden, Colorado

Technology Plus provided design and construction administration services for the Colorado School of Mines Center Technology and Learning Media (CTLM) and the new Data Center.  The new CTLM building, or CTLM II, consists of four computer classrooms, a computer lab, faculty offices, an open collaborative environment, administrative offices with conference rooms and warehouse space.  Technology Plus was responsible for design and implementation coordination of all the low-voltage systems to optimize space utilization and to create an effective learning environment.

These systems included the following:           

  • Structured Cabling System
  • Security System
  • Audiovisual System

 

The Structured Cabling System manages distribution of all voice and data requirements to classrooms, computer labs, collaborative learning areas and general office environments.  A large portion of the space features a low-profile raised floor to facilitate flexibility in desk configuration from individual learning groups to a lecture environment.  Design changes are able to be made in a matter of hours with internal personnel, rather than days with a specialized cable contractor.

The Audiovisual Systems feature a user-friendly control system to manage projectors, document cameras, computer interfaces and sound reinforcement systems.  These systems enable high-technology presentations, distance education and effective connectivity to all display systems.

Due to the high value of the equipment, an integrated access control and video surveillance system was employed, which monitors the activity surrounding the equipment and keeps record of who enters the facility.  The video surveillance is captured on a Digital Video Recorder (DVR), which can be viewed from the main station or any networked computer with authorized access. 

The result is an integrated facility with flexibility and scalability to meet the needs of the Colorado School of Mines learning environment for years to come.

 

University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Technology Plus worked with the design team and provided structured cabling design services for the University of New Mexico (UNM) Castetter Hall Phase 2 design. The design consists of the following:

  • The design was an approximate 22,100 square-foot addition located at the Southeast corner of the existing Castetter Hall. The project also linked to the Castetter Hall Phase 1 addition. Design spaces included wet labs, offices, and support spaces. The design also included the relocation of programs that were housed in the existing Castetter Hall.

  • The development of bid drawings for the demolition of the existing Biology Annex Building located northwest of Castetter Hall. Asbestos abatement was addressed by the University outside of this contract.

  • The incorporation of a new 2,800 square-foot greenhouse on the roof of the Castetter Hall Phase 1 addition has been completed. The Phase 1 structural and utility systems were designed to support the addition. This project provided the drawings necessary to develop a separate early bid package (for the installation of the greenhouse utility and pedestrian connections), as well as, tenant improvements for the first floor of Phase I addition.

  • The tenant improvements for the first floor of the Castetter Hall Phase 1 project were built after construction of the Phase 1 building was completed. This included converting shell space designed for laboratory space to offices, conference room and break room for a total tenant improvement of approximately 4,500 square feet.