Forest City Stapleton Base

By Baselinemag  |  Posted 2003-11-01 Email Print this article Print

Construction workers, architects and others working on the $4 billion redevelopment of the former Denver airport needed a better way to communicate. A wireless network made the difference.


Forest City Stapleton Base Case

Cables and Trailer Relocations

Headquarters: 1401 17th St., Denver, Colo.

Phone: (303) 382-1800

Business: Division of Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises is transforming the 4,700 acres that previously served as Denver's Stapleton International Airport into a residential, retail and business complex.

Chief Technology Strategist: Don Knasel, chief executive officer of PD Active Inc. of Boulder, Colo.

Financials: $4 billion to be spent over 25 years by project manager Forest City Stapleton and its publicly-traded parent, Forest City Enterprises. Project will build 12,000 homes, malls, a city center, retail stores, industrial park, and 10 million square feet of offices.

Challenge: To eliminate the expense of frequently installing and relocating fiber-optic and copper wiring for temporary sites of construction trailers; the company has to supply sufficient bandwidth to construction trailers to meet everyday planning and collaboration needs.

Baseline Goals:

  • Reduce costs by at least $100,000 a year, by moving data and voice communication over the air, instead of underground.

  • Decrease time spent in re-establishing communications links on each phase of project, from 90 days to one day.

  • Speed construction by 90 days a year, by eliminating frequent disruption of communications caused by severed

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