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Section 11-1: Telecommunications

Section 11-1: Telecommunications
11-1-00 Design Requirements
          10 Design Guidance 
          20 Design Information
          30 Design Document Requirements

11-1-00 Design Requirements
The following design requirements apply to all telecommunications systems.  The goals and objectives are to provide uniformity of design; combine the best overall economy with suitability of design; and be compatible with all other building systems.  Provision shall be made for the addition of future requirements as determined by the NIH on a project-by-project basis. 

11-1-20 Design Information
A. Reference Design and Safety Guidelines for Telecommunications: 
The NIH is a progressive and dynamic biomedical research institution where state-of-the-art medical research is the standard practice. To support state-of-the-art research and medical care, the facilities must also be state-of-the-art.  It is the NIH’s intent to build and maintain the electrical and communication systems and facilities in accordance with the latest standards.
It has been the NIH experience that the renovation and rehabilitation of existing facilities do not always lend themselves to incorporating the "latest" standards of the industry. 
The A/E should be alerted to this situation and make an evaluation early in the design stage to determine the implementation feasibility of the latest standards. The A/E should document such findings, provide recommendations, and report them to the Project Officer for a decision on how to proceed.
The A/E design firm should use and comply with, as a minimum, the latest issue of the following design and safety guidelines.  In addition, the A/E should use other safety guidelines received from the NIH Project Officer or as required by the program.  The A/E should utilize the latest versions of guidelines available at the time the project proceeds with schematic design.
The reference codes, regulations, and recommended practices include, but are not limited to the latest version of the following:
• American Hospital Association (AHA), Management and Compliance Series, Electrical Systems for Health Care Facilities
• American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
• AHA, Management and Compliance Series, Fire Warning and Safety Systems
• American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.1:  Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
• Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA)
• International Code Council, Inc., International Building Code (IBC),
• International Cable Engineers Association (ICEA)
• International Electro-technical Commission (IEC)
• Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Color Books
• Lightning Protection Institute, LPI 175 Standard of Practice
• National Electrical Code (NEC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 70
• National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
• National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) IEEE C2
• NFPA, National Fire Codes (NFC)
• NIH, Design Policy and Guidelines
• NIH, Center for Information Technology (CIT) Guidelines
• Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources (ILAR), The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
• Telecommunications Industries Association (TIA)
• Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS)
• Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

11-1-30 Design Document Requirements
See Appendix B for detailed requirements of submittals at each phase of the project.
A. Communications (Schematic, Design Development and Contract Documents)
Communications floor plans, one line diagrams, equipment schedules, miscellaneous details, and cover sheet requirements. 
B. Specifications (Outline and Detail Performance Specifications)
Outline specifications shall be developed at the design development stage and detail performance specifications shall be developed at the contract document stage.
C. Cost Estimates (Systems and Quantity Takeoff Estimates)
Systems cost estimates shall be developed at design development stage and quantity take-off estimates shall be developed at the contract document stage.

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