August 24, 2016

Robust In-building Wireless Systems Enable Premier Safety and Enterprise Communications for One World Trade Center

Towering 1,776 feet over lower Manhattan, One World Trade Center is an instantly iconic building, holding deep meaning for New Yorkers and the United States.

Managed by the Durst Organization, the class-A property reopened in October of 2014 in the footprint of the twin towers that fell September 11, 2001. Since the rebuild, One World Trade Center has become one of the most desired office properties in the world, drawing top tenants including Conde´ Nast, Cushman & Wakefield, Moody’s and the U.S. General Services Administration.

In addition to first-class amenities, tenants rely on building management to provide reliable in-building wireless to support their always-on business needs. To provide that level of connectivity, Durst selected in-building wireless integrator Connectivity Wireless to install a robust distributed antenna system (DAS).

The One World Trade Center in-building deployment is “an iconic build in one of the most iconic buildings in the country,” said Clayt Mason, Connectivity Wireless CEO. During 9/11, “One of the biggest challenges that unfolded was the lack of cellular communications and adequate first responder radio coverage. In the rebuild, Durst placed priority on having strong in-building wireless coverage not only for safety reasons, but also for world-class business operations.”

Durst Project Manager John Whitty said the system installed in One World Trade Center eclipses other class-A buildings in Manhattan, which offers some of the highest-end commercial real estate available anywhere.

“We quite often have prospective tenants come into the building,” Whitty explained, “and it’s important to us as the managing agent for the building to have these prospective tenants see that they actually do have cell service whether on the 45th floor or the 100th floor in the building.”

Whitty worked closely with Connectivity Wireless throughout the design, build and deployment process, which culminated in an early and under-budget delivery. “With today’s world and the way things go in the workplace, everybody wants to be connected all the time, and in this building, we actually have that.”

Using Corning MobileAccess GX equipment, Connectivity Wireless installed more than 1,000 indoor antennas to build out a DAS providing coverage to some 3-million-square-feet of rentable office space, along with mechanical, visitor and other common areas of One World Trade Center. The DAS install required more than 30 miles of fiber optic and coaxial transmission cable.

Keith Martin of Corning shared his thoughts on partnering with Connectivity Wireless on the One World Trade Center project: “They have a great track record of making the right choices for the long-term technologies that their end users need. We tend to go to them when we just need things to go right.”

Martin lauded the in-building wireless project, as well as the stakeholders: “There’s just a great sense of pride because this building symbolizes everything about not only American resiliency, but also about innovation and technology. You have to give a lot of credit to Durst to have the foresight to have put such a robust system into the building.”


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