CC&N was engaged to engineer the new design due to our reputation of being able to solve complex design challenges. And, there were many challenges within the facility! Granite columns and stairs abound that ere unfriendly to wireless signals, very thick walls with ornate architectural features impeded signals and the other specialized wireless networks that existed can produced interference. Extensive surveying was necessary. A complex design focused on placing access points strategically where wireless access for legislators was needed while avoiding facility limitations and signal interfere. The plan also had to respect the status of the Capitol as a National Historic Landmark, as it was built in 1917 as a replica of the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C. This required that where and how to mount wireless access points and the associated cable paths had to be designed very carefully and aesthetically.
The Technology Services bureau is very pleased with how the new design will perform efficiently and meet the need for a high-speed network for the legislative users. The implementation will be complete by mid-2018.