i2 forms technology partnership with the College of the Desert in California
“The reality is our IT department resources have always been stretched keeping our systems up and running 24/7. There was little time available to coordinate new construction projects with architects and their engineers. We were concerned about IT’s needs in design and implementation of new buildings.
“That is when the college’s project management team found Tim Johnson. He could work with the IT department in construction planning, create bid drawings and specifications, and help establish a vision for the technology we use.”
That’s Glenn King, Director of Network Services and Telecommunications for the College of the Desert in the greater Palm Springs, California area. For almost ten years, Johnson, now Principal and Senior Designer at i2 Technology Consulting & Design, has filled that role.
“A lot of times you work with an engineer and realize he’s a key part of your team, even if he employed by an outside provider,” King says. It was only natural that when Johnson left another firm to form i2 last year, the College switched the work to i2.
Johnson was the project manager and led the effort in updating the District Technology Standards for the College in 2009, establishing campus-wide specifications for structured cabling, wireless networks, audiovisual and security systems in collaboration with the District IT department.
Johnson was also the lead designer on a campus infrastructure project that saw the construction of a new, 1,000-square-foot data center and the installation of more than 47 miles of fiber optic and copper cabling to connect 32 buildings on campus.
Currently Johnson and Security System Designer Duane Davis are working with the College in redesigning the campus library. Originally built in 1963, the new design includes a state of the art library system, multiple computer labs and resource areas, and a new high tech boardroom with media streaming capabilities. They are also working on several other campus expansion projects.
“We have worked really well together over the years,” King says. “Tim is very knowledgeable and a good listener. If he does not know the answer to a question, he will do his research and
come back with a solution. On top of that, he’s a friendly guy who enjoys what he’s doing, and that makes everything that much easier.”
The work, King adds, has been superb. “People who visit our campus and see our server room tell me it’s one of the best data center designs they’ve seen. That was due to Tim’s vision which provided energy efficient design and special equipment such as racks that could withstand California earthquakes among other features.
“We’ve done a lot of good work together, and I’m looking forward to what comes next.”