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One Ballston Plaza: Reducing excess spend

Background
One Ballston Plaza, located at 1010 N. Glebe Rd in Arlington, VA, is a Class B, 142,833-square-foot building built in 1986. In June 2013, two full-floor tenants prepared to vacate the building, affording the landlord the opportunity to update voice and data communications cabling in the spaces to adhere to the updated 2005 National Electrical Code (NEC).

Challenge
In 2005, the NEC was edited to mandate the removal of all abandoned low-voltage wires and cables. This included any wires that were not terminated at both ends. Because this expensive process involves extensive ceiling removal, the best time to complete the work is when a tenant vacates. Jones Lang LaSalle Management identified all excessive and abandoned cable within the suites and worked with the vacating tenants to bring the cables up to code. The first tenant opted to enlist a local provider to remove the cabling back to the D-Mark in the first floor telecom room. The second tenant happened to be an MEP engineering firm and was able to remove the cabling themselves prior to vacating the space.

Results
By engaging the tenants to remove the dead cabling prior to vacating the building, JLL Property Management was able to save the landlord an estimated $35,000 in removal costs. The value to the building from a fire safety and integrity perspective is immeasurable. JLL has also educated the other tenants in the building about their responsibility to comply with the NEC codes and safety concerns with the dead cables.

A new tenant moving into the vacant space had considered installing fiber optic cabling in their suite. They were expecting to drill a new core to run the cable as the existing core was out of room. After removing the dead cabling from the existing core, enough space was created for the fiber optic cable and a new core was no longer needed. By monitoring the use of the cores and the live cabling, JLL was able to reduce the number of holes drilled in the floors of the building and save the new tenant money.

Contact information:

Nancy Budny
Property Manager
+1 703 465 5202
nancy.budny@am.jll.com

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