Wire and Cable Standards

Version 1.0
Last Revised 15-Apr-2020
Status Published
Document Type Standard
  1. Overview

    Wire and cable standards developed by HUIT are designed to assist departments as they plan for change and expansion. By following these standards, departments and the University can take advantage of the expanding array of new network technologies.

    The University's "open architecture" approach provides a framework upon which a wide variety of technologies can be built—including voice, data, fax, graphic, wireless, VoIP, and image transport. Adhering to wire and cable standards also helps provide better customer service at a lower cost.

  2. Standards Descriptions

    Choose a link below to access documents containing detailed wire and cable standards:

    Master Format Division 270000
  3. Technical Consultants

    Wire and Cable technical consultants work with architects, engineers, consultants, city officials, and project managers on wiring projects ranging from small to major renovations and construction of new buildings.


    • Issuing RFP documents to bidders and evaluating proposals for all fiber optic cables and for copper cables, if requested by owner
    • Designing the layout of the IDF and MDF closets and ensuring University standards are followed
    • Reviewing wiring specifications, issuing change orders, and scheduling changes to ensure project are completed on time and within budget
    • Reviewing all Dig Safe notifications and marking out locations when necessary
    • Staying current on all industry standards and city regulations for Cambridge and Boston
    • Assisting Verizon and Comcast engineers with access routes, sizing of cable, and scheduling
    • Identifying and labeling all jacks on floor plans according to Harvard labeling standards
    • Performing site visits, attending project meetings, and providing final punch lists to vendors
    • Reviewing and approving cable test results
    • Reviewing stick/engineering drawings and submitting to University CAD system

    Emergency Procedures:

    • Wire and Cable technical consultants are committed to providing the Harvard Community with Emergency Procedures for any fiber optic cable problems connecting to your network.
    • 4 hour on-site response time
    • Fusion slice for permanent restoration, or mechanical splicing for a quick restoration
    • Access to 1000' of 12 mm/6sm fiber owned by HUIT.
    • All work to be performed on a Time and Material basis

    Emergency After-Hours Contact Information: