Pennsylvania Convention Center Facility-Wide IT Wireless Design Services

Arora Engineers (Arora), working as the Prime consultant, provided Special Systems engineering services to replace the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s facility-wide IT Wireless Design Services. The Pennsylvania Convention Center is a multi-use facility in the Market East section of Philadelphia. The state-of-the-art center  encompassing three city blocks, was designed to accommodate large conventions, exhibitions, and other events, with 2.2 million square-feet of continuous display space, exhibit halls, ballrooms, and meeting rooms.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA) recently constructed a 975,000 square foot expansion of the Center that includes an additional approximate 260,000 square feet of Exhibition Space, 63,000 square feet of Meeting Rooms, a second Ballroom of 57,000 square feet, and a multi-story Atrium Entrance on Broad Street.


IT Design Development Services

Arora performed site surveys to verify and document existing conditions associated with the Wireless System and uncover any issues that may affect the new construction and renovations. To determine the current wireless signal coverage and strength throughout the entire facility, Arora performed a WIFI Heatmap, a visual representation of the wireless signal coverage and strength. The heatmap helped Arora to see where problem areas were located in relation to the collected survey data and access point locations. There were also a variety of meetings with PCCA to discuss the requirements and extent of the renovations to the Facility-Wide Wireless System.

Arora then created design development plans and specifications for new layouts and configurations of the existing Facility Wide Wireless System. The updates to the contract documents consisted of changing the Basis of Design product from the previous Cambium product to that of Cisco, with an alternate for Aruba wireless products.

Arora ensured that the new design development plans adhered to PA State and Philadelphia’s codes and regulations.

IT Construction Documentation Services

Arora prepared and submitted construction document drawings, specifications, and cost estimates for the Facility-Wide Wireless System Upgrades. At final construction documentation phase, Arora submitted three (3) sets of design drawings and specifications, sealed, and signed by a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect that is licensed in PA, to PCCA for their records.

Construction Administration Services

Arora attended pre-bid meetings and answered questions from contractors during bidding phase. Arora then wrote required addendums and reviewed/tracked submittals. After the addendums were written, Arora reviewed and commented on the construction schedule and led bi-weekly construction meetings. Other scope of work included performing punch lists and distributing them to the contractors and the owner.


Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA)


Philadelphia, PA