Low Voltage Cabling Series Part 1:What You Need To Know About Integrating It into Your Next Project

Lindsay Scherr

By Lindsay Scherr,
Business Development Manager,
ASE Telecom & Data

Low Voltage Communication Cabling (for computers, phones, internet, WIFI, and security systems), is often a system that is installed at the same time as the walls, electrical, and plumbing for interior finishing jobs. It is often excluded from the GC’s scope, but can cause a lot of headache if certain requirements are not met. Missing conduit, insufficient space to run cabling, flooring poured before the cable is run, and no connection to the main communications room are just a few of the issues that GC’s might come across as the project progresses. While it is often not in the GC’s scope, it is important that both companies are coordinated to make sure walls, ceilings and floors are not installed or closed before the proper cabling or conduit is installed.

Here are some suggestions on the best ways to coordinate the job so it continues on schedule and without glitches:

  1. While reviewing the plans, make determine whether or not it is in your scope. Our services often fall in that grey area, and many clients may not know that they need cabling until they move in and there’s no internet or phone service.
  2. If the Low Voltage Cabling falls in the GC’s scope, make sure to prequalify the firm you are using. We have been brought in many times to fix bad or messy cabling (including a contract which ended up being over $2M), which impacts a GC’s bottom line. Make sure to ask questions and partner with a licensed, qualified firm that can answer your questions and deliver an organized, problem free system.
  3. If the low voltage doesn’t fall in the GC’s scope, make sure the client understands they need to find a company to help them with this requirement.  Make sure the firm you are recommending is comfortable with the size and type of project you are presenting and can integrate with the furniture and construction infrastructure required.
  4. Before you start the project, meet or have a conference call with the Low Voltage team. Ask them if there is anything special about the project that you should know.  There’s nothing worse than having to dig a trench in a freshly poured concrete floor to connect the conference table to the rest of the cabling system.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask. We are here to help. We will get as technical as you need us to be. We want to partner with you to make both of our firm’s look good and deliver a great product to the client.

Anticipating the problems is the best way to deliver the best results. We look at our role as a partnership with the GC to make sure the client is satisfied with their entire build out experience.  It is critical that the client has a good experience working or living in the space, and proper cabling and well executed construction is the best way to provide that solution.

For more information regarding ASE’s services, please visit ASETelecom.com or call (305) 471-9888.