Berwyn South School District 100’s mission is to provide positive and appropriate learning opportunities for each student. These opportunities foster the development of basic values, good citizenship and a sense of self-worth to enable students to be productive citizens in a rapidly changing world. School District 100 consists of eight elementary and middle schools spread throughout the suburb of Berwyn. Berwyn South School District 100 ranks within the top 25% of all districts in the State of Illinois. Pentegra Systems has been working with Berwyn South School District 100 for the past decade providing them with data, security and telecom solutions.
In 2017, the manufacturer of Berwyn South School District 100’s current phone system had deemed it obsolete. This meant there would be no way of getting service or replacement parts if something were to go wrong. Berwyn had no other choice, they needed to upgrade immediately. The challenge surrounding this telecom phone system installation had everything to do with scheduling. The entire district needed a new phone system up and running in a very short period of time. Pentegra had to be conscientious and organized in terms of scheduling, working during off hours to install this system since the phones could not be installed during the school day while classes were in session.
Pentegra Systems proposed a solution that would not only give them the same functionality of their previous system, but would include several cutting-edge features that School District 100’s previous system did not. Replacing their previous phone system with a new one took some reverse engineering. This meant examining their previous system, determining how it functioned and the features in place so Pentegra knew what to include and how to include it in the new system. What also made Pentegra Systems’ proposed new Shoretel phone system more appealing is that it would be much simpler to administer and control ongoing moves, adds and changes to the system itself in addition to making communication much easier throughout all of the schools in the district for both teachers and administrative staff.
The Shoretel phone system that Pentegra Systems installed consisted of over 400 telephones throughout their six elementary schools, two middle schools as well as Berwyn South School District 100’s District Office. These phones were either desk phones for administrative spaces or wall-mounted phones for the classrooms. Their new system was not just a telephone system, but a unified communications system. This system came with 911 Emergency Response features as well as mobility. Teachers and staff can integrate their mobile phones into this system so they can receive calls, access and listen to voicemail any time and any place as well as continue a conversation by simply picking up their mobile phone and hanging up their classroom or office phone for on-the-go convenience. Berwyn’s new Shoretel phone system also came with voice and web conferencing abilities to further communicate and collaborate with fellow teachers and staff by simply calling into a Shoretel conference call. This phone system is also integrated with the district’s email system to be able to access voicemail through their inbox making the possibilities for communication simpler, easier and more accessible.
Pentegra Systems proposed a telephone system solution that not only matched the ability of their previous system, but surpassed it in every way. Berwyn South School District 100 discovered that this Pentegra installed phone system was the superior choice in terms of pricing and features. Pentegra successfully installed this system for the entire district within the district’s small specified window and turned all of the schools over in a short three day period. Pentegra Systems has worked closely with Berwyn South School District 100 for the past decade and looks forward to many more years providing the district with their technology needs.
Founded in 1947, Golden State Foods has become one of the largest diversified suppliers to the foodservice industry. In 2014, Golden State Foods opened a new regional headquarters and logistics center in McCook, Illinois, relocating from locations in Lemont and Bolingbrook. This new 152,670 square foot facility is in a well positioned transportation corridor within the west suburbs of Chicago. The new location includes a 17,550 square foot office, a 135,120 square foot warehouse and 52 truck docks as well as a separate on-site maintenance building. Golden State Foods serves over 25,000 restaurants spanning 3 continents. Specializing in the processing and distribution of liquid products, meat products, produce and dairy, Golden State Foods also serves as full-line distribution to the quick service restaurant industry. Golden State Foods’ customers include McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Nestle, Arby’s and Taco Bell.
Pentegra Systems was challenged on the design side to create a complete design build integrated low-voltage system to satisfy all the needs of Golden State Foods. We met with GSF personnel across the nation to identify and ensure all necessary needs were going to be met. Pentegra collaborated with the architects of this project, going back and making changes to the initial plans to ensure this design build would seamlessly be incorporated into the facility. Through this teamwork, the ultimate goal was for this brand new facility to become the Regional Headquarters and Logistics Center for Golden State Foods.
Pentegra Systems and Golden State Foods wanted to make an impression with employees and visitors from the start, from the moment they set foot in the high end lobby area. We designed and installed an impressive customizable 4 flat panel display video wall to show off the latest and greatest Golden State Foods news, information and content. To enhance the experience of GSF employees throughout the entirety facility, we installed flat panel monitors in the boardroom, meeting rooms, break room and several offices. These fully customizable flat panels deliver important company information, display presentations as well as act as a source for digital signage. All displays are incredibly user friendly touch panels with iPad controls. Pentegra also supplied Golden State Foods’ Customer Experience Center with flat panel displays thus making it a fully interactive area to present, demonstrate and entertain their high profile clientele.
To facilitate the safety and security of this modern day facility, Pentegra Systems needed to design and install a fully integrated security system. We started by collaborating with Golden State Foods on the locations where video surveillance was an absolute necessity. The outcome was the installation of 90 Avigilon IP Security Cameras. With these cameras, GSF can monitor all activities within their facility, office and warehouse areas as well as the entire perimeter of the premises. This surveillance system was integrated with an RS2 Access Control System. Installed on 30 doors, Golden State can grant and restrict access to employees, vendors and suppliers with the greatest of ease. To effectively manage visitors, an EasyLobby system was installed printing badges for visiting personnel and is active for that day until the contents of that badge fade rendering it invalid from that point forward. The authorized access of personnel is crucial, but the authorized access of incoming vehicles to a transportation hub such as GSF is as well. Golden State Foods’ incoming semi-trucks now use the newly installed video intercom system to communicate to the front office to gain entry, opening the swing gates to gain access into Golden State Foods.
As part of this design build project, Pentegra Systems installed the main distribution frame (MDF) for the communications infrastructure. The backbone data cabling of this project consisted of fiber-optic cabling to 3 intermediate distribution frame deposits. These IDFs were strategically located through the facility to ensure every area of the facility was connected. Pentegra Systems was also in constant communication with the corresponding utility companies to ensure the proper utility feeds were being brought in to supply power. We ran all voice and data cabling throughout the entire facility to establish constant connection and ensure quality incoming and outgoing communication functionality. Through the completion of this project, Pentegra Systems delivered top-of-the-line technology befitting a modern day company headquarters such as Golden State Foods.
Pentegra Systems combined a brand new cutting-edge facility with state of the art technology. This project brought to fruition an audio visual system that enhances both the employee and visitor experience. Golden State Foods’ new data system connects all personnel to one another as well as enabling communication possibilities to anywhere that their business takes them. The video surveillance effectively monitors the mammoth facility while the access control system ensures a secure facility with only authorized personnel and transport. The unrivaled expertise of Pentegra Systems will ensure the professional maintenance and assistance for all of Golden State Foods’ integrated systems to ensure and continue the best quality and fulfill their greatest potential.
Founded in 1948, Community Unit School District 300 is located in the Fox River Valley in Chicago’s far northwest suburbs, headquartered in Carpentersville, IL. A constant population growth has expanded D300 by adding more than 20 new schools over the last six decades. Currently, District 300 ...