Converge The Cabling Types
There are probably 10-15 different technology systems in a decent size building. The telecom systems have standardized on unshielded copper twisted pair and fiber optic cable. The building automation systems have also standardized on twisted pair and fiber optic cable. While the life safety systems have not standardized, some life safety systems, such as video surveillance and access control systems, are using twisted pair and fiber optic cable, and some cable manufacturers offer full solutions for life safety systems using twisted pair and fiber optic cable. The point is that the more you use standard twisted pair and fiber optic cable, and the more you get away from propriety cabling systems, the greater the opportunity to economize and save money.
Coordinate Pathways for All the Technology Systems
Economize not only on the cable but also the cable pathways. While the cabling of many technology systems have different end-points (such as tenant offices, surveillance cameras, HVAC fans, etc.), the longer backbone runs of cabling through a facility may be common pathways. Install one common highway or pathway for the cabling; try not to build several smaller pathways.