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IT Project: Category 3 Data Connection Upgrade

Project Status

1/12/2015: Phase 5 of the project continues. Project status will be updated as necessary, as additional phases begin and others are completed.

Details on the existing and scheduled upgrades by building or phase are available below in the Connectivity Upgrade Timeline by Fiscal Year. This information will be updated as required based on the status of buildings and/or phases.

Project Charter

Background

Northwestern's wired network provides data connectivity for faculty, staff, and students for thousands of connections within both campuses. In an effort to maximize the use of the current hardware infrastructure, NUIT is undertaking an effort to upgrade data transmission connection by upgrading the wiring infrastructure where needed to support higher data transmission speeds to the end user.

Over a three-year period, beginning with Fiscal Year 2013, NUIT will upgrade functional data network connections on older cabling (Category 3) to the current standard (Category 5E). The scope of the project is to upgrade active/functional data network connections that still operate on older cabling (Category 3) on campus today. Faculty, staff, and students will notice an increase in connection speed from 10Mbps to 100Mbps while having an upgrade path to 1Gbps*.

* requires a one-time 1Gbps data network activation fee

Goals and Objectives

To upgrade active data network connections that still operate on older Category 3 cabling on campus today with the current cabling standards that provide faster connection speeds within faculty and staff offices and classrooms.

Connectivity Upgrade Timeline by Fiscal Year

FY13 Evanston Campus Connectivity Upgrade Timeline by Building
Location Dates Status
Locy Hall December 2012—January 2013 Complete
University Hall December 2012—January 2013 Complete
Francis Searle December 2012—January 2013 Complete
Theatre and Interpretation December 2012—January 2013 Complete
Louis Hall December 2012—January 2013 Complete
1809 Chicago Ave December 2012—January 2013 Complete
Allen Center December 2012—February 2013 Complete
Norris March 2013—April 2013 Complete
McGaw March 2013—April 2013 Complete
Patten Gymnasium March 2013—April 2013 Complete
SPAC March 2013—April 2013 Complete
Annenberg March 2013—April 2013 Complete
Tech March 2013—August 2013 Complete
Crown June 2013—August 15, 2013 Complete
FY13 Chicago Campus Connectivity Upgrade Timeline by Building
Location Dates Status
Tarry April 2013—August 2013 Complete

*NUIT currently activating to 100Mbps

FY14 Evanston Campus Connectivity Upgrade Timeline by Building
Location Dates Status
405 Church October 2013—December 2013  Complete
616 Noyes October 2013—December 2013  Complete
620 Library Place October 2013—December 2013  Complete
629 Noyes October 2013—December 2013  Complete
720 University Place October 2013—December 2013  Complete
906 University Place April 2014  Complete
910 University Place April 2014  Complete
1819 Hinman Avenue To be announced.  
1914 Sheridan Road October 2013—December 2013  Complete
1918 Sheridan Road October 2013—December 2013  Complete
1936 Sheridan Road April 2014  Complete*
2010 Sheridan Road October 2013—December 2013  Complete
2020 Ridge Avenue February 2014—March 2014  Complete
2040 Sheridan Road October 2013—December 2013  Complete
2046 Sheridan Road October 2013—December 2013  Complete
Catalysis Center October 2013—December 2013  Complete
Cook Hall February 2014—April 2014  Complete
John Evans Alumni Center October 2013—December 2013  Complete

*NUIT Activation to 100 mbps pending/scheduled.

FY14 Chicago Campus Connectivity Upgrade Timeline by Building
Location Dates Status
211 E. Superior Street March 2014  Complete
Levy Mayer Hall October 2013—December 2013  Complete
Montgomery Ward Building May 2014—September 2014  Complete*
Wieboldt Hall May 2014—July 2014  Complete

*NUIT Activation to 100 mbps pending/scheduled.

FY15 Evanston Campus Connectivity Upgrade Timeline by Building
Location Dates Status
617 Library Place May 2014  Complete
617 Noyes December 2014  Complete*
625 Haven July 2014  Complete*
625 Noyes July 2014  Complete*
627 Dartmouth Place May 2014  Complete
710 Emerson To be announced.  
1813 Hinman Avenue May 2014—June 2014  Complete
1815 Chicago Avenue May 2014—June 2014  Complete*
1902 Sheridan Road May 2014—June 2014  Complete
1940 Sheridan Road May 2014—June 2014  Complete
Alice Millar Chapel/Parkes Hall July 2014-August 2014  Complete*
Anderson/Leverone/Jacobs October 2014-November 2014  Complete
Blomquist Recreation Center November 2014  
Brentano Hall (1818 Hinman) November 2014  Complete
Central Utility Plant To be announced.  
Coon Sports Center To be announced.  
Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps November 2014  Complete*
Nicolet Hall To be announced.  
Ryan Field To be announced.  
Womens Center (2000 Sheridan) November 2014  Complete*
FY15 Chicago Campus Connectivity Upgrade Timeline by Building
Location Dates Status
645 N. Michigan Avenue To be announced.  
Abbott Hall December 2014 Complete*
Heating Plant To be announced.  
750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 6th floor October 2014 Complete
McGaw Pavilion December 2014 Complete*
Morton Medical Research Building December 2014-January 2015 In Progress
Searle Medical Research Building December 2014-January 2015 In Progress

Last Updated: 12 January 2015

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