Cabling and PBX Project
The University of the South began setting objectives and planning for the voice and data systems May 1989. It had become apparent that the AT&T Dimension system was outgrown. Some objectives that were identified: there was a need for a voice messaging system; student services needed to be added; and new wiring was needed to facilitate data connections for administration and student needs.
Date: 6/15/1989 Project Committee Formation
The purpose of the committee was to discuss the effects of the new system on major users and their needs, determine future needs, training requirements, voice policy establishment, establish wiring standards and cabling requirements, and establish a student services subcommittee.
Members: Associate Provost, Director of Telecommunications & Technology Infrastructure Services, Treasures Office, Deans of Students office, Library, University Relations, Personnel and the School of Theology.
Date: 7/31/1989 Student Services Subcommittee Formation
The purpose of this committee was to establish what services were necessary for the student population.
They were charged to determine the necessity of common room phones, fraternity house phones, helpline, coin telephone
Date: 7/1/1989 Arrange for a consultant (JTM Consultants, Atlanta, GA was chosen)
The consultant would help with the decision making, create a RFP, review final decision and contracts, advise on wiring and cabling needs, advise on ports per room for data/voice.
Date: 7/4/1989 Location of Telecommunications selected
It was established that the old South Central Bell central office and the lower level of an adjacent building (EQB) would be connected to allow for the move of Computing and Network Service, System and Programming and Telecommunications and rename the building to the CompTel Center.
Decisions: when the three departments would relocate, what hardware would need to be moved, how much interruption is allowable, would the building be renovated in time for the cutover in August for Telecommunications.
Date: 1/5/1990 RFP was written, approved and released
Date: 2/1/1990 Billing Questions/Considerations
The Student services subcommittee had to decide:
Date: 2/1/1990 Determine personnel needs
Determine maintenance needs-hardware, software and personnel requirements
Date: 2/1/1990 Set Student Rates
Determine the long distance charges, how repairs will be handled, will the University rent phones to students or provide the phones.
Date: 3/16/1990 Decide on software billing package
Established that some in house billing will be necessary and it is necessary to determine the chargeable items.
Date: 4/12/1990 Maintenance Contract signed with South Central Bell
Date: 4/12/1990 South Central Bell awarded Telecommunications Project
Date: 4/24/1990 Change Order process was established and initial engineering began with South Central Bell
Date: 5/21/1990 Telecommunications Implementation Meeting
Date: 5/29/1990 Telecommunications Implementation Meeting
Date: 6/5/1990 Telecommunications Implementation Meeting
Date: 6/11-15/1990 Training on the SL-1 Feature Administration, Bars and System Administration in Atlanta, GA
Date: 6/19/1990 Manholes completed
Date: 6/25/1990 Switchroom ready
Date: 6/26/1990 Telecommunications Implementation Meeting
Date: 6/28/1990 SCB will remove pay phones
Date: 7/1/1990 Write Telecommunications Policies and Procedures
Date: 7/3/1990 Telecommunications Implementation Meeting
Date: 7/4/1990 Trunks installed
Date: 7/10/1990 Telecommunications Implementation Meeting
Date: 7-9-20/1990 System software loaded on the PBX
Date: 7/17/1990 Telecommunications Implementation Meeting
Date: 7/20-30/1990 Conselor Training/phones delivered and put in place
Date: 7/21/1990 Fiber terminated-copper tested
Date: 7/24/1990 Telecommunications Implementation Meeting
Date: 8/4/1990 Cutover
Date: 8/1/1990 Meridian Manager training
Date: 8/11/1990 Restoration completed
Date: 9/5-7/1990 TRU Training-call accounting course
The University telephone system was cutover August 4, 1990 with 733 analog telephone sets installed in student rooms and 498 administrative phones in staff and faculty offices. At the time of cutover we installed 2,930 miles of 24 gauge copper wire pairs and 160 miles of fiber optic cable. Because Sewanee is located on the top of the Cumberland plateau approximately 15,000 cubic feet of sandstone was removed (enough to fill a 1,900 square foot house); 6600 copper pairs in 39 buildings and 33 twelve pair fiber pairs were installed; data connections were installed which connect the Library with the computer (Hewlett-Packard 3000 Model-922 with software from VTLS, Inc.)which runs the library system and which connects that system to the existing data network on campus. The main outside cable runs were placed in concrete enclosed conduit. Each student living area has at least one telephone with local calling
The University's phone system is equipped with a Northern Telecom Meridian 1, Option 71 switch and a Meridian 1 voice mail system with 20 voice ports and 94 hours of storage. Every phone on campus has voice mail with the exception of faxes, modems and common room/public phones where voice mail is not necessary.
JTM, Associates of Atlanta were the consultants on the telephone project, Hickerson and Fowlkes Architects were the architects for the renovation and landscaping, Orion Building Corporation was the contractor for the renovation and landscaping, South Central Bell was the contractor for the telephone system and installation of the wiring plant (The Fishel Company installed the outside plant, Key Services installed the inside plant, Protocol Communications installed the Coax Plant and TESINC were the engineering construction drawing assistants). The total cost, including the building renovation, major landscaping, and Library system was approximately $3,710,000.