Telecommunications Systems Design

Smith, Fause & McDonald, Inc. (SFMI) provides state-of-the-art design and consulting services of communications systems and telecommunications infrastructure for business, government, educational and institutional clients.  Our office has a 20 year history of designing both passive structured cabling plants and active data and voice networks.

Structured Cabling Systems

Our engineers and RCDD designers create communications infrastructure using Category 5e, Category 6 and Category 6A and fiber optic station cabling to support high-speed data, voice and Wi-Fi networking.  Our staff has an in-depth understanding of the requirements for modern Data Centers and Telecommunications Rooms. We can produce full floor plans, reflected ceiling plans and four-wall elevations in Revit or CAD to aid in jobsite coordination and construction.  Our office has a unique experience in underground, aerial and riser cabling construction to support long-lasting high-speed infrastructure across campus and between Telecommunications Rooms.

Data and Voice Networking Systems

Our design staff has specified complete networking and telephone systems for entire cities and school districts, including core firewall and router equipment, VoIP, PBX and voicemail systems, server and SAN arrays, edge ethernet switches, VoIP instruments, Wi-Fi controllers and Wi-Fi radios, including provisions to conceal these within the architecture. 

Communications Engineering Project Experience

Working on both new construction and renovation of public and private sector projects throughout California, we have designed telecommunication systems for everything from child care centers to entire university campuses.  Our communications systems design experience includes:

Structured Cabling, Campus and MAN Infrastructure Projects

  • U.C. Davis ResNet
  • U.C. Davis UCDNet2
  • U.C. Davis Health System Hospitalwide WiFi and Fiber Backbone
  • U.C. Merced Campuswide Communications Infrastructure
  • U.C. Santa Cruz Student Communication System (SCS)
  • U.C. Santa Cruz Telecommunications Infrastructure Upgrade (TIU)
  • U.C. Santa Cruz Campus Cabling Upgrade (CCU)
  • El Camino Hospital Backbone Replacement, Data Center Relocation and Replacement Hospital
  • Lawrence Livermore Labs NCRP
  • Dublin Schools Fiber Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)
  • San Luis Coastal Unifed School District/ County of San Luis Obispo JPA Unified Metropolitan Area Network (UMAN).

Data Center & NOC Design

  • City of San Francisco/SFO Data Center
  • City of San Francisco Public Safety Building
  • El Camino Hospital
  • UC Davis CR Building NOC
  • UC Merced Telecommunications Building
  • UC Santa Cruz Communications Building
  • Ventura County Fire Communications Center
  • West Valley College IS Building

Telephone Systems Design Experience

  • City of Berkeley (citywide)
  • Burlingame Public Library
  • Dublin Schools
  • Larkspur Elementary District
  • Liberty Union High School District
  • Manhattan Beach School District
  • San Bruno Park Schools
  • San Francisco Archdiocese
  • Sonoma High School
  • Tamalpais Union High School District 

Data Networking Systems Design

  • Berkeley Public Library
  • City of Berkeley Police and Fire Departments
  • Dublin Schools
  • Larkspur Elementary District
  • Manhattan Beach School District
  • San Bruno Park Schools
  • San Luis Coastal Unified School District
  • San Francisco Archdiocese
  • Sonoma Unified School District
  • Tamalpais Union High School District
  • Woodland Joint Unified School District
City of San Francisco Data Center- "Hot Aisle"

City of San Francisco Data Center- "Hot Aisle"

UC Merced Utility Tunnel

UC Merced Utility Tunnel

UC Merced Communications Manhole Cover

UC Merced Communications Manhole Cover

Lafeyette Library OPAC station.

Lafeyette Library OPAC station

Ventura County Fire Communications Center Server Room.

Ventura County Fire Communications Center Server Room

DeAnza College Mediated Learning Center Satellite Dishes

DeAnza College Mediated Learning Center Satellite Dishes