Every U.S. city has that one histori-
cal building that seems to stand out
against all the rest. In Boston, we
think of the 1742 Faneuil Hall where
many public meetings were held dur-
ing the American Revolution. In New
York, the 1871 Grand Central Station
is considered by many to be the city’s
most iconic historical landmark.
Philadelphia’s Independence Hall
adorned with the Liberty Bell is yet
another that comes to mind.
At the corner
of 14th Street and
in Washington, D.C.
there is one historic
that sits in stark con-
trast against all oth-
ers. Originally built
in 1878-1880 as the
Bureau of Engraving
and Printing, and
listed on the National
Register of Historic
Places for its unique
architecture, the iconic
Sidney Yates Building
is now home to the USDA, Forest
The Forest Service is the third-largest land manager in the U.S. with
extensive visitors and several buildings in the Washington, D.C. area.
How exactly does a land management agency headquarters undergo a
complete renovation and deploy the
latest technologies needed to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and
grasslands while maintaining the
historical integrity of their headquarters location?
They look at each individual
network technology and deploy
what best suits the architecture,
the bandwidth requirements,
employee productivity and the overall mission of the agency. And sometimes there is a realization that no
single technology will fit the bill,
calling for a hybridized network
cabling infrastructure that encom-passes several of the latest technologies. In the case of the U.S. Forest
Service’s renovation of the Sidney
Yates Building, that ultimately
meant a balanced approach using
multiple technologies that included
a passive optical LAN, a traditional
switch-based network, a WiFi network and a distributed antenna system (DAS)—not one of which can
truly be considered the primary.
USDA, Forest Service relies on
hybrid passive optical LAN
The use of passive optical LAN combined with
structured cabling help maintain historical integrity
and meet technology demands for the United
States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service
in Washington D.C.’s Sidney Yates Building.
BY SEAN KELLY, RCDD, TE CONNECTIVIT Y AND
MICHAEL WILSON, RCDD, TELLABS
Originally built from 1878 to 1880 as the Bureau of
Engraving and Printing, and listed on the National
Register of Historic Places for its unique architecture,
the iconic Sidney Yates Building is now home to the
USDA, Forest Service headquarters.