Project: New Royal College of Surgeons Building, 26 York St., Dublin 2
Requirement: Multi-Operator 3G and 4G coverage solution across all floors including 6 floors above ground and 4 basement levels
Solution: Repeater Fed Multi-Operator Distributed Antenna System (DAS) designed to the latest Joint Operator Specifications
The New Academic Educational Building (NAEB) for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland builds on the College’s heritage of excellence and innovation and its historical presence in the Saint Stephen’s Green campus. The building is a student and academic centre that will promote the continued development of the RCSI community in the heart of the city. The building accommodates surgical training, clinical simulation facilities, a 540-seat lecture theatre, tutorial rooms, a range of training rooms, a 600-student library, student sports hall, gym and associated support facilities.
The gross floor area of the building is approx. 12,000m2 and is constructed primarily of concrete frame with structural steel elements incorporated from the basement minus 4 (B-4) to the fifth floor.
Vilicom Solution Delivery
Vilicom was requested by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), to provide a multi-operator distributed antenna infrastructure to ensure a satisfactory level of internal mobile phone coverage the new €80m development.
With the building having four floors below ground containing a 540-seat lecture theatre and sports facilities and the southern and rear facade being protected from solar heat gain by the utilisation of an additional external anodized mesh, the requirement for a dedicated coverage solution within the building was clear. Vilicom was responsible for the design, install, procurement of materials and commissioning of the system.
A 3G/4G repeater fed passive multi-operator Distributed Antenna System (DAS) was chosen as the optimal solution for the building which has been designed to the latest Joint Operator Specifications. The installation was challenging working on a live construction site, with many competing priorities. However, with focused project management working closely with the main contractor the project was delivered on time and within budget.