Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Data Center Consolidation

Cook County is the second largest county in the U.S. and home to more than 40% of all the residents in Illinois. The Circuit Court of Cook County is the largest of the 24 judicial circuits in Illinois and one of the largest unified court systems in the world, with approximately 400 judges serving 5.2 million residents and more than one million cases filed each year within Chicago and its 126 surrounding suburbs. The Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court is the official keeper of records for all judicial matters and is responsible for managing an annual operating budget of more than $100 million with a workforce of 1,474 employees.

The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County purchased a new cashiering system that would simplify and coordinate billing and checkout for their administrative services. Although the application was ready to be deployed, the building lacked the electrical and telecommunications infrastructure to support the new software. Level-1 was hired as a prime contractor to document and design a supporting technology infrastructure to upgrade the Clerk’s network and telecommunications systems at their offices in the Daley Center in downtown Chicago.

Level-1 provided an initial assessment of the existing infrastructure, engaging an electrical engineering contractor to track, verify and document all wiring throughout the Clerk’s Office. This included creating specifications for uninterruptible power supply, National Fire Protection Association compliance, HVAC, premise distribution, and raised floor systems as well as verifying electrical power requirements for present and future client server systems and designing electrical systems (i.e. conditioned power, battery backup, high-frequency grounding, electrical distribution).

The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County purchased a new cashiering system that would simplify and coordinate billing and checkout for their administrative services. Although the application was ready to be deployed, the building lacked the electrical and telecommunications infrastructure to support the new software. Level-1 was hired as a prime contractor to document and design a supporting technology infrastructure to upgrade the Clerk’s network and telecommunications systems at their offices in the Daley Center in downtown Chicago.

Although the Daley Center had undergone electrical maintenance and upgrades over the years, no work had been documented since the building’s large-scale redesign in 1967. As a result, miles of cable under the building’s raised floor had to be tracked and documented. Further complicating the upgrade, the building’s air-conditioning system was from the 1970s and long past warranty.

Level-1’s solution addressed these issues and delivered a reliable infrastructure map that the building still uses today. Level-1 also provided a plan to get the cashiering system up and running, along with an estimate for additional infrastructure work required to ensure continuous long-term availability of the system.

Level-1’s longstanding relationship with the City of Chicago and its knowledge of the city’s existing LAN/WAN made Level-1 an ideal consultant.