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Utah Broadband Center BEAD Program, Statewide, UT
Horrocks is the lead consultant for technical analysis and stakeholder engagement for the Utah Broadband Center to develop a five-year action plan, the Digital Connectivity Plan (DCP), that identifies all broadband needs, serves as a road map for providing access to reliable and affordable broadband to all residents throughout the state and meets federal funding requirements and deadlines. To engage all audiences throughout the state, including unserved and underserved populations, Horrocks is using a mix of traditional and innovative tactics. These tactics include video production with Utah Governor Spencer Cox, six different surveys tailored to each segmented audience, workshops in every county with both public and private sector personnel, electronic and printed collateral, media pitching to reach statewide and local audiences, booths at conferences and events, etc. After the DCP is finalized, Horrocks will create a community broadband toolkit that can be used by local governments to guide broadband expansion initiatives in their communities.
Mapleton FTTH - Mapleton City, UT
Mapleton tasked Horrocks to design a FTTH network for the 3,500 homes within the city. Horrocks first designed the backbone infrastructure of the network, using a GIS map for the design that was sent out to contractors for bidding and construction. The team helped Mapleton determine the type of network architecture that would give them the best cost per-home. After the type was determined, the design team again used a GIS map to design the node locations, splitter locations, junction box locations, and conduit paths for the fiber. The GIS map provided an excellent tool for the contractors to utilize when determining costs and quantities on their bid packages.
Big Cottonwood Canyon Fiber Project, Cottonwood Heights, UT
Horrocks Engineers partnered with Crown Castle International on this $3.5 million project located along a 13-mile stretch of Highway 190 in Salt Lake County. The project consists of 21 DAS poles, 16 miles of fiber optic cable, eight miles of electrical distribution line, and a communications hub building. The telecommunications team provided planning, design, environmental clearance, and construction management for this project. In a public/private partnership with UDOT, Horrocks designed six traffic monitoring cameras, and three weather stations on the poles to augment current weather and avalanche warning systems, facilitate traffic management, and provide consistent cellular communication for public safety. The group accommodated fiber backhaul services allowing Brighton and Solitude Ski Resorts to tap into the higher speed and bandwidth capability of this new fiber optic network.
Little Cottonwood Canyon Fiber Optics, Alta, UT
Horrocks assisted Crown Castle International and UDOT to install an 8.5-mile fiber optic line underground along State Route 210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, and nearly one mile of fiber optic cable along three small spur lines leading to a small building, or hub, near Alta, which houses communications equipment and fiber connections. The project also included 13 DAS poles in the canyon, 8 DAS poles on Snowbird Ski Resort, and 7 DAS poles on Alta Ski Resort.
Idaho Transportation Department Broadband Program, Boise, ID
This project included broadband support, design activities, and rule-making support services for the Idaho Transportation Department’s Broadband Program office. Tasks performed for ITD included providing review comments on the Draft Guide to Utility Management and Utility Accommodation Policy with a focus on accommodation of design broadband/fiber optic elements inside the right of way, small wireless facilities, and specific comments to bring the ITD policy in line with national industry standards and the surrounding states. The team also assisted in producing a “Broadband in the Right-of-Way” fact sheet with B/C ratios and graphics. This documentation includes the Horrocks team creating technical drawing inserts for the rule, procedure, and/or policy manuals for how to accommodate broadband and small wireless facilities within ITD projects. The team worked with the ITD Team to produce an implementation rollout addressing scope, budget, and resources. Additional services included the development of a design of a broadband/fiber optic system east of Coeur d’Alene, running to the Montana border. This included field reviews/verification, sheet production, environmental permitting, and cost estimating.
Anthem Broadband of Elko, Elko, NV
Horrocks was engaged by Anthem Broadband and the Nevada Gold Mines to design an FTTH network system in the Elko, Nevada area. We designed a fully passive network with splitters and field cabinets to connect every residential and business address in Elko and the surrounding communities. The network is over 440 miles in length and will begin construction within the next month. Our team also provided full permitting support through various entities including multiple Cities and counties/municipalities, Nevada DOT, BLM, railroads, canals, and other special utility crossings. During construction, our team provided full on-site construction management and inspection services.
I-84/I-70 CARES ACT Program, Various Locations in Idaho and Utah
In mid-2020, the Federal Government awarded CARES funding to UDOT to help expand broadband deployment within rural, underserved areas. Our team worked with UDOT to identify the appropriate routes where broadband deployment would be most beneficial. This was a result of the analysis we performed for UDOT identifying the areas that were devoid of broadband infrastructure. Once we identified the routes, our team completed the design of 43 miles on I-84 from the Idaho border to the interchange with I-15 in northern Utah, as well as 137 miles on I-70 from I-15 to US-6 in central Utah. Our team performed all the design activities, permitting, federal, local, and state agency coordination, special permitting for canal crossings, and other associated permits. We also performed all of the construction management and daily on-site inspections throughout the project.
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