Flipz, If you need school specific info jsut give me a buzz on PM. I have been employeed in the IT department of a college for 9 years.
Most of our servers are Dell's and the others are SUN. Our main backbone network runs on cisco equipment but the rest of the network is built on AllideTelesyn (sp?). The reason is Cisco is over priced by about 250%. An example a few years ago we wanted to add 16mb of ram to an internet router. Cisco wanted $700 (after our 33% rebate) for the 16mb upgrade chip. Same thing from another source was under $50. Thats an example of how over priced they are but some times you need a feature/function that only they offer.
In addition to the normal network routers and switches we have a device called a PacketShaper installed to control and limit internet usage. We have been using HP printers but slowly we will not be moving over to Dell printers. An ROI study showed the Dells to be cheaper to purchase, operate and maintain. No brainer to drop HP and go with Dell on the printers. We have standarized on Dell for desktops. We budget between $1100 and $1200 per CPU for our annual computer purchases.
Between our buildings we run Single mode and Multi mode fiber. This fiber supports the tcp/ip network as well as the ID
card system. In addition to the fiber we have 1/2" coax and between 100 and 400 pair phone cable (depending on needs).
Within the buildings we use fiber between data closets when buildings have more than one. Most colleges and universities dont have the luxary of having all new construction so most of the buildings will be retrofited with wiring so existing data closets are hard to get to be proper size with proper heating/cooling and lighting.
We always request in new construction a wiring closet that is no smaller than 6'X6' square with AC
vents and no heating vents. We also request that it be fed with electrical on its own circut and we key the door to a key that only the IT staff have. Access control is very important.
To each desktop we run 2 cat-5e, 1 cat3 and 1 RG59. We do not use Cat-6 because of cost. Unlike 'for profit' businesses colleges see no real revenue from the IT expense's so most administors see IT departments as a huge sespool of expense.
PM if you need more info on any specific item. I might be able to dig up an RFP for some construction projects recently completed if you want to see that. Footages will depend on every building and every drop. Often you cant get between point A and point B in a stright line due to having to always work in older buldings that where built prior to computers and the need for data cabling.