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2008 Democratic National Convention Systems Design and Installation

Location: Denver, CO
Completed: 2008
Client: Democratic National Convention Committee
Size: 8,000 man-hours

On August 27, 2008 a record-breaking crowd of more than 84,000 people gathered at Denver’s INVESCO Field to watch Barack Obama accept the nomination of the Democratic Party for the U.S. presidency. Millions more took in the historic event from the comfort of their homes thanks, in part, to Guarantee Electrical. Months before delegates, media and international dignitaries arrived in The Mile High City, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) called on Guarantee to design, install and maintain the convention’s communications systems.

Guarantee teamed with contractor Qwest Communications to design and install an end-to-end Cat 6 certified voice and data system at the two-story DNCC headquarters one year before the convention. The DNCC then retained Guarantee to update and service the system monthly to ensure optimal functionality during the event. Central features included:

  • Four telecommunications rooms
  • A Main Distribution Frame (MDF) room
  • An 8,000-square-foot data center supported by a 65-kilovolt UPS system and 10 tons of cooling

The pace picked up considerably for Guarantee 30 days prior to the event when it bolstered the telecommunications systems at all of Denver’s major venues –The Pepsi Center, INVESCO Field, The Denver Convention Center and The Denver Hyatt Hotel – to ready them for the influx of delegates and media personnel. At peak, more than 30 Guarantee employees were fanned out across the city. At the Pepsi Center, the convention headquarters, Guarantee installed more than one million feet of Cat 5E cable, 5,000 feet of single-mode, military-grade fiber and nearly 50 Intermediate Distribution Facilities (IDFs) to ensure data service remained reliable and strong throughout the facility.

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