2. UFC 3-580-01 Telecommunications Building Cabling Systems Planning and Design, 4-2.6.4 (Comply with Chapter 3 of the I3A Technical Criteria, Feb 10’, until UFC 3-580-02 is published).
  3. INSTALLATION INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE ARCHITECTURE (I3A) Technical Criteria (Feb 2010) -- *See Appendix “D References”
  4. 33 82 00 Telecommunications Outside Plant (OSP) NEC July 2020

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Design Requirements



1.      Site Telecommunications


1.1 General:  Government Telecommunications systems (voice/data) consist of the Army-owned telephone system, which provides Army communications, and the Local Area Network (LAN), CenturyLink Communications for residential and non-Army telephones, and XFINITY (COMCAST) cable television. Furnish and install outside plant telecommunications maintenance holes/vaults/hand holes, ducts/conduits, and required distribution cables between identified point of connection and the building’s telecommunications entrance facility. Coordinate all telecommunication requirements with the USACE PE/QA; Telecommunications Contractor and their Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) on staff and at site;  and  JBLM Network Enterprise Center (NEC), specifically with the Plans Branch and the MCA IT Project Manager and Team Members, through the Contracting Officer.  Coordinate and attend inspections with DPW/NEC during each phase of construction.

1.2 Coordination with Adjacent Construction Projects:  Alert the Contracting Officer when coordination with adjacent construction projects is required by the telecommunications System Contractor. The RCDD on staff and at site shall be included in all telecommunication coordination’s.

1.3 Telecommunications Maintenance holes/vaults/hand holes:

a) Telecommunications maintenance holes/vaults/hand holes shall meet existing infrastructure or approved equal, sized and oriented correctly, and shall be installed IAW the I3A, RCDD Design and manufacturer’s instructions.  Telecommunications maintenance holes/vaults/hand holes shall meet the following minimum criteria:

    1. Concrete shall have a minimum compressive strength of 7000 psi at 28 days.
    2. Design maintenance holes/vaults/hand holes to meet an AASHTO H-20 loading.
    3. Maintenance holes/vaults shall have galvanized embedded pulling irons in each corner, top and bottom.
    4. Maintenance holes/vaults/hand holes shall have a minimum of four galvanized "C" channels per longitudinal side.
    5. Equip maintenance holes/vaults/hand holes with PVC duct terminators at all points of entry/terminations (Term-a-duct or similar).
    6. Include galvanized steel access ladder in maintenance holes/vaults/hand holes.
    7. Minimum depth of cover shall be 24 inches for maintenance holes/vaults/hand holes.

b) Plug all unoccupied ducts, sub-ducts, and inner ducts - whether main or subsidiary runs - using universal screw type duct plugs in telecommunications maintenance holes/vaults and hand holes and at building entrances. Foam sealant is not acceptable.

c) Splice cases shall be of the pre-formed stainless steel type for copper and Tyco or approved equal for fiber splice cases. “Stretch cases” are not allowed. Do not use encapsulating compounds. Flash test using dry nitrogen gas to ensure dry and airtight seals. Splice cases shall be installed in such a manner that their weight is supported by the cable hooks in the maintenance hole/vault.  Splice cases shall not be installed in hand holes without prior approval from the JBLM NEC. 

d) Provide Notify NEC Plans Branch at least 48-hours prior to installation of telecommunications maintenance holes/vaults/hand holes and obtain approval on their orientation.

e) Provide grounding and bonding, to include resistance testing/reports in and for all telecommunications maintenance holes/vaults/hand holes, to comply with the I3A/TIA-. Perforated ribbon shall not be used. All shall have grounding in accordance with the NFPA 70-(National Electrical Code), ANSI-C2, (NESC) and the criteria cited in the latest I3A. Methods shall comply with those cited in the RUS Bulletin 1751F-802 dated 12 Apr 94. All communications maintenance holes/vaults/hand holes grounding shall achieve not greater than 25 ohms; but shall not install more than 4 – ¾ inch dia. X 10 feet L. copper-clad ground rods. Grounding rods shall be spaced a distance equal to or greater than the length of the ground rods. Upon completion of the grounding system installation, the contractor shall provide a final ground resistance test report that uses the “fall of potential method”.

f) Provide labeling per TIA 606 and JBLM NEC Standards.

g) Hand Holes/Vaults: Coordinate with DPW and the NEC Plans Branch Chief, IT Project Manager and QA Technician for use, application, and approval of all hand holes/vaults at JBLM. Minimum sizing of hand holes at JBLM are: 5’x7’ (splicing vault).

h) Lightning Protection: Follow the I3A paragraph 3.18 - Grounding for protection of telecommunications infrastructure.

i) Telecommunications Cut-Over Plan: Follow the JBLM NEC Telecommunications Cut-Over Plan Template.

j) Telecommunications Inside Plant/Outside Plant (ISP/OSP) Check Sheet: Contractor shall follow the JBLM NEC Telecommunications ISP/OSP Check Sheet.

1.4 Telecommunications Duct Banks: 

a) In addition to the requirements of I3A, all duct banks in the Cantonment Area of JBLM shall be constructed of Schedule 40 PVC encased in 3,000 psi concrete. Duct bank base shall be leveled and layered with a four-inch layer of compactable bedding material. Duct spacers are required and duct bank properly formed and framed prior to concrete pour).

b) All new ducts shall be mandrel-tested with a 12-inch nonflexible mandrel with a diameter that is ½-inch less than the duct inside diameter, except that a 6-inch nonflexible mandrel shall be used only at the final 90-degree rigid steel conduit sweep to the telecommunications room or pole riser.  Mandrel pulls shall be witnessed by the NEC/DPW. All inner duct shall be I3A compliant fabric mesh inner duct. Each 4” ducts requiring inner duct shall contain fabric mesh tapes consisting of a minimum of three – 3-inch, 3-cell per tape, maximum of three tapes/nine cells per duct.

c) All newly installed duct runs require a minimum of 36-inches cover from top of duct.

d) If any existing communication ducts are identified within the proposed construction area, a comprehensive site survey shall be required to include Potholing to determine if the duct banks meet the current encasement requirement for bidding purposes. If existing ducts are exposed and do NOT meet the current encasement requirement, then ducts shall be encased to meet the current I3A encasement requirement.

1.5 OSP Copper Cable:

a) All newly installed OSP copper cabling shall be considered, designed, installed and tested as special circuits (special circuits are defined as non-switched data circuits such as ISDN, DSL/ADSL or DS1/T1’s).

b) All OSP copper cabling shall be tested to all the parameters of the RUS Bulletin 1753F-201 (PC-4) RUS Standard for Acceptance Test and Measurements of Telecommunications Plant and the I3A 3.19.1 (specifically Insertion loss). All field test equipment shall meet the requirement of the TIA/EIA-568-C.2-Annix I and/or TIA/EIA-1152-2009.

2. Facility Telecommunications

2.1 General

a) Coordinate with the DPW, and NEC Plans Branch Chief and the IT Project Manager during the design development process, preferably using mutually agreeable Over the Shoulder Review processes, as discussed in Section 01 33 16, Design after Award. The contractor's RCDD shall provide complete design of the NEC Main Telecommunications Room and Telecommunications Rooms on each floor above, including conduit sleeves, grounding system, fire rated backboards on all walls, air conditioning, etc. and the interior cable distribution system to comply with UFC 3-580-01. Confirm with the User and provide Army convenience telephones on each floor if required. After Construction begins, the Contractor, the RCDD, and the Telecommunications Contractor shall continue to coordinate with the NEC Plans Branch (See JBLM NEC Telecommunications Check Sheet). Telecommunication drawings shall be IAW the UFC 3-580-01 (Chapter 2 and Chapter 4) and the I3A TC (3.0), TIA 606, BICSI TDMM, and the JBLM NEC Plans Branch Telecommunications Drawing Template (T-0, T-1, T-2, T-3, T-4, AND T-5). Also see As-Builts Section.

b) Provide a cable pull-through in the main NEC telecommunications room to a dedicated room with space on the telephone back board for commercial telephone and cable TV service providers. CenturyLink and Xfinity (Comcast) will furnish and install their entrance cables and make connections to their equipment under separate contract with the Government.  Coordinate with these providers and allow them access to perform their work. CATV cables may pass through the NEC telecommunications room only. No terminations in the NEC telecommunications room are allowed. The contractor shall coordinate all requirements for CATV with the commercial provider and shall provide a complete and usable distribution system in each building that complies with service provider standards.

c) The Contractor shall furnish and install interior cables from cable television outlets and from commercial telephone outlets that may be required for the facilities in this project back to the appropriate demarcation point.

d) Comcast and CenturyLink will make the connections to their equipment under separate contract with the Government.

e) Do not use J-hooks. Provide cable runways in telecommunications rooms and wire basket cable tray for horizontal distribution with minimum 1” conduit from tray to each cable TV, voice and data outlet.

f) Coaxial cable and Category 6 cable shall not be installed in the same conduit.

2.2. Provide a standard I3A/TIA information outlet on the telephone backboard for connection to the Base EMCS and coordinate the outlet location with JBLM PW.

2.3 Coordinate the following with NEC:

a) Telecommunications room equipment layout, grounding and bonding requirements, cable runways, labeling requirements, dedicated and convenience power outlets, backboards, concrete floor anti-static tile, and air conditioning requirements. Provide TIA/EIA fire-rated A/C (interior-grade) backboards (unpainted) on all walls in the telecommunication rooms per TIA/EIA 569.

b) Confirm standard administrative outlet configuration and labeling requirements (three CAT 6 cables to provide two data and one voice). JBLM DPW/NEC requires Contractor to follow the NEC JBLM and TIA 606 Labeling Scheme and the JBLM NEC labeling scheme for labeling telecommunications cables/terminations.

c) Cable Tray Installation -- Wire basket cable trays – ensure 12-inches of clearance above the cable tray and ensure at least one side (@ 10-inches) of the cable tray has clearance (i.e., extend the horizontal supports of the cable tray and located associated vertical supports in a manner that provide a minimum of 10 inches of clearance along cable trays) for adds, moves, and changes.

2.4 Cable test reports.  Include the model/serial number of the test equipment, calibration certificate, and name of technician. Hand generated reports are not acceptable. The JBLM DPW/NEC will require insertion loss tests for all telecommunications cable.

2.5 Provide CAT 6 cables that are UL-listed for wet environments where cables are routed in conduits installed inside or below slab-on-grade concrete floors.

2.6 Where protective distribution systems are required, provide systems by Holocom, Inc., or approved equal. Cable colors shall be blue for data, white for voice, red for SIPRNET, and yellow for JWICS.

2.7 Seismic Bracing: Brace or anchor equipment to resist horizontal forces acting in any direction per the site class and seismic use group as defined in the IBC and the I3A TC.

2.8 Field Radio Antenna:  Coordinate with contracting officer to determine if a field radio antenna is required by the building occupant.  If required, provide a 2-inch raceway from the Duty Office (or location designated by the User) to the exterior of the building with a grounding bushing at the interior and a weather head at the exterior and coax cable for a field radio antenna connection.  Coordinate installation requirements with the User.

2.9 Elevator Control System: Data outlets for Elevator Control System network connections shall be installed outside the elevator equipment enclosure.  The data outlet shall consist of a fully terminated connection in a customer face plate.  The customer faceplate shall be protected from tampering through the installation of a cover/enclosure.  The cover/enclosure shall be labeled the same as the customer face plate. Coordinate with the JBLM NEC Plans Branch for design/configuration and the NEC JBLM TIA-606 Labeling Scheme.

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