When you are planning your build out project, staying on budget and saving money, while ensuring a high-quality and successful project are top priorities. For property owners, tenants, and project managers, it can be challenging to cut down costs once a design plan is in place and construction has begun. Unexpected situations and plan changes can increase costs rather than reduce them, particularly when premium finishes and superior quality is part of the plan to create a space which is employee-friendly and customer centric. There is a way to save money on your build out and it is one which might surprise you. So let’s explore wireless versus data cabling in your upcoming build out.
Data Cabling in Your Build Out
As a business owner, you are likely familiar with a data drop, the moment all your telecommunication devices (computers, printers, landlines, etc.) are connected to the data cabling in the building or facility. These data drops, which don’t seem costly when considered individually, add up quickly when you realize there are often two required for each of your employees, as well as those needed in collaborative spaces like conference areas, workrooms, and the reception desk. At an average cost of $150 per data drop, data cabling can increase your project cost by $15,000 or considerably more depending on the number of individuals you employ.
The Wireless Office Network
So what is the alternative? Consider making the transition from hard-wired data cabling to a wireless office network and save thousands on your build out. The simple change from landlines and desktops to mobile phones and laptops or tablets automatically cuts the expense of data cabling and allows you to invest in an enhanced Wi-Fi network with premium bandwidth and speed. Add in a mobile phone plan or reimbursement for employees and you are well on your way to savings. Obviously, you will still need data drops for WAPs (Wireless Access Points), your printer connections, and your office mainline, still considerably smaller than the number required for data cabling. In fact, going wireless can save you thousands on your build out project’s budget.
The Benefits of Wireless Offices
Wireless offices are the future of business, promising a more flexible, creative work environment with collaborative areas designed for greater levels of comfort and productivity. In fact a wireless office network permits employees not only the opportunity to reconfigure workspaces but also allows team members ease of movement, the ability to meet with other team members, move meetings to communal collaborative areas, while never having to leave their phone or computer behind at their desk.
Wireless networks also enable your company to grow with greater ease. With data cabling, every new employee means new data drops and added expense, not to mention the cost of changing furniture configurations for growth. With a wireless network, reconfiguring office space and adding new employees to the network is done with ease and little expense. Plus, a wireless office means a server room with fewer cables, switches, racks, etc. thus a smaller server room and more usable space for your office to grow. Depending on the size of your business, you may not need a server room at all, but may be able to use a closet, a small storage room, or a mounted wall rack in the conference room.
Better yet, you can make the change to a cloud-based server and eliminate the need for any server room space. Doing so will also save you money down the road, reducing the need to additional HVAC in a server room, maintenance, upgrades, emergency backup power supply, and access/security concerns.
Call on Perillo Construction for Your Build Out
Perillo Construction is ready to help you save time and money on your build out while delivering premium quality and workmanship for your project. Call today and get your build out started.