Interlink performs project design based on our clients’ needs and the technology required. This can be design only services where a governmental project will be let out to bid using the competitive bidding process, or a design-build where Interlink is engaged by the client from start to finish. We start with a connectivity solution designed with your business and building in mind. Whether it's a wireless network, computer equipment room build out or smart building technology systems, our on-staff Professional Engineers and credentialed Registered Communication Distribution Designers (RCDD) work to ensure a standards compliant technology solution that is well matched to your overall company's goals. We then ensure that each system we design will be compatible with the equipment and technology that is being utilized by your business operations. In the case of a new construction development, we will work closely with the Architect's MEP design team and stakeholders to produce a network design that conforms to the project's design criteria and is in compliance with local and State electrical codes and national telecommunication standards.
Interlink Group’s strength is yours! It lies in the resources we make available to your project.
Our RCDD design professionals know information transport infrastructure inside and out. They live for this stuff. So, your project is handled with expertise that is unparalleled in our industry. On projects that required Subcontractor trade coordination, integration or interrelated division 16 scope of work, we turn to our State of Florida Licensed Professional Engineers to work with the RCDD on the overall design and engineering issues.
With our Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) department, our design engineers work closely with the CAD technicians to produce construction documents that are accurate and concise, eliminating errors and increasing the overall success of the field installation team by clearly defining the scope, placement of pathways and spaces for conduits and cable trays, and device location such as wireless radio access points and workstation outlets. Cabling Infrastructure Rosters provide accurate device outlet labeling, cable numbering scheme, logical layout in telecommunication room patch panels, all the way to final quality assurance certifications, checklists that document the complete step of the way.
Once the project has been designed and ready for installation, it needs to be managed. This is where we do some of our best stuff. Being able to see the project from design through execution allows for Interlink Group to ensure quality to the highest standard all while maintaining a professional product that you can be proud of for years to come. We're a stakeholder too. If we make you look good, we look good.
Using the PMI model of Project Management, Interlink Group tracks major important tasks that make up every project;
- Scope of Work
- Project Scheduling
- Risk Management
- Material Procurement
- Human Resources Management
- Change Management
- Communication Management
- Project close-out
- Project Planning
Interlink Group will take all of the guess work out of the process by closely planning all phases of the installation. The most successful projects all start out with a game plan and procedure for success. We'll handle the scheduling, material procurement, testing, perfecting, and labeling, material staging, logistics, deliveries and inventory management. We cover it all so you don't have to. Planning is directly related to a project’s success and ultimately to the teams; you and Interlink Group, we're in it together.
We're in the connectivity business. And connectivity is all about communication. The Interlink Group project management team will keep you informed of important events and job progress throughout the life cycle of your project. We work to keep you a step ahead… gathering information before it's needed, addressing concerns before they are problems. On new construction projects and renovations, we attend design-development, owner-architect-contractor, and coordination meetings so you don't have too. Subcontractor meetings are also an important item where we communicate trade coordination issues and resolve potential conflicts.
The projects not complete until the paperwork is done! Documenting the communications infrastructure is critical to managing network resources and deploying future applications. We provide CAD as-built drawings on client provided floor plans. We document the location and type of every link in your communications infrastructure. In a circuit-by-circuit report on the performance of your cabling and RF system, we document the integrity of each and every circuit as well, all available electronically or in printed form.
Standards and Code Compliance
As part of our service and design offerings Interlink Group will create a project design utilizing the current industry standards and building codes to assure your project is accepted by the local building official. Building officials and fire protection regulations are a complex and ever-changing set of rules that differ from City to County and locale within the State of Florida.
There are three regulatory bodies that impact the specific code applicable to your facility—the NFPA, your local AHJ usually the Fire Marshall, and the municipality’s building department official. The National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, is an international non-profit organization that develops and publishes fire protection codes and standards to which businesses are held accountable. The intent of the codes set by the NFPA is to minimize the risk of fire and its effects. Your facility’s authority having jurisdiction, or AHJ, is the organization responsible for enforcing the codes and standards set by the NFPA. Often a Fire Marshal, AHJs vary in their strict adherence to code and their level of enforcement. Many jurisdictions have codes in place that go beyond those set by the NFPA, so it is important to engage a design professional that understands the specific regulations. Interlink Group navigates the Code Compliance in these areas to assure a complaint design and installation that will be accepted by the local AHJ and building code officials.
For building construction projects, the architect and their consulting engineers prepare contract documents, which provide instruction to the general contractor in the form of drawings, details, and technical specifications. The contractor and their subcontractors are tasked with meeting the architect’s design intent through compliance with these contract documents. Due to the complex nature of building construction, and the division of responsibilities the contract documents do not include direction on means and methods of construction. The contract documents that Interlink Group prepares allow the contractor to use their best skill and judgement in their approach to the project. Otherwise, contract documents would appear more like the assembly manual for a bicycle or automobile transmission, rather than a finished building project.
Large, complex building projects can dwell in the design and document production process for an extended period of time, sometimes years. Product manufacturers routinely discontinue products, make modifications to products, or create new and improved products that may be more suitable to the project conditions than those originally specified. New products and materials become available, which may not have been manufactured or available just a few years prior. These dynamic industry factors must be accounted for in the building design and construction process.
For this reason, the purpose of the architect’s contract documents, including those of their consulting engineers, is to express the design intent and the level of quality expected. The documents do not require an exacting means or methods in the construction of the building. The contract documents are produced to allow variation in the products and materials available for use by the contractor with the implicit requirement that the furnished products and materials comply with the design intent.
Interlink Group provides this level of construction design and works closely with various architectural and engineering firms to create system designs that work in harmony with building design concepts.