Maine liberal arts college upgrades theater housed in 100+ year old Civil War Memorial
Connectivity Point (CPDI) has worked with Bowdoin College for more than 15 years, installing miles of low-voltage cabling, security systems and audio/visual equipment. Founded in 1794, Bowdoin College is a private liberal arts college located in Brunswick, Maine. Their mission is to help students develop social and leadership abilities through an intense education focused on challenging their ability to think creatively.
Projects have included designing and installing a security system for their new art storage building, as well as the cabling network to support it. An intrusion detection system, camera network and access control system work together to protect the college’s art assets. Another project of note was the cabling network installed at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center, where marine, estuaries and terrestrial research and teaching happens on Orrs Island, ME. Cabling was run throughout this coastal campus, connecting the Dry Lab, Living and Learning Center, Marine Lab, Sailing Center and housing facilities.
CPDI is also the primary security vendor for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art which houses priceless art pieces and paintings. We installed and continue to service the access control, intrusion detection, and security cameras systems for the entire building.
Data Network Cabling
Recently, Bowdoin needed a modern retrofit of their data network in Pickard Theater to support new equipment. Pickard Theater is located in Memorial Hall, a Gothic-style granite and stained glass memorial to Bowdoin’s Civil War veterans built in 1885.
The cabling we installed here was to support the theater AV system and equipment—the new equipment is now IP-based so all the older legacy AV cabling needed to be upgraded to network cabling. Existing cabling was removed from conduit paths and new conduits were added wherever necessary. Cat 6 data lines were run throughout the building and a new IDF cabinet installed to serve them. Backbone cabling was run to connect their existing BDF network to their new wall-mounted cabinet’s servers.
This is a trend CPDI is seeing at Bowdoin and other colleges and institutions who rely heavily on AV equipment—a lot of the newer AV systems and equipment are IP-based so it requires network cabling instead of traditional AV specific cabling. The last couple of cabling jobs CPDI has completed for Bowdoin have been driven by the need for newer AV systems.
CPDI’s next project on the Bowdoin campus will be installing the cabling, access control and security camera for two new buildings, the Barry Mills Hall and the John and Lile Gibbons Center for Arctic Studies. The Center for Arctic Studies will be the new home for the well-known Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum.