The mission of the Technology Infrastructure Department is to provide standardized structured wiring specification’s and installation practices for data, telephone, CCTV, LAV (local audio/visual), grounding & bonding and the supporting electrical systems in all of our schools. Coordination of all aspect of the design and construction is important, since our schools vary widely in their needs and construction. Therefore an understanding of how these standards affect retrofits and new construction is important.
It is the responsibility of the Architect, Engineers, and Contractors to be familiar with these specifications and how and when to apply them. Design teams are required to use an RCDD and/or an engineer with a minimum of three years experience working closely with our design requirements.
Only a member of this department or the appropriate AHJ (as described within the DCPS SWS) may approve any requests for variances from these standards. These requests shall only be approved in writing. To maintain cost effectiveness and ease of maintenance, only products approved by these standards or the appropriate AHJ are to be used. Contractors shall meet the conditions set forth in the DCPS Technology Contractor Pre-approval Requirements.
The latest version is written to prepare DCPS for the technology of the present as well as the future. As such the new version will be referred to as the DCPS Structured Wiring Standard (SWS) 3rd edition 2013Q.
This specification was originally published to this web site at 2:00 P.M. on January 8, 2013. On February 25, 2013 an update for a revised 6A Data outlet was added and has been included in any new downloads. This outlet design has also been added as an individual download for those who previously have downloaded the spec and simply need the additional Outlet detail. All designs and construction bids finalized and/or begun after these posting dates shall be based on this specification.
All construction work bid prior to the above date shall use the version in force at the time of the bid. Earlier versions along with the enforcement periods may be found in the archive.
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