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Design completed for new Lake County EOC & Consolidated Dispatch Center
New EOC and Consolidated Dispatch designed to withstand a Category 5 Hurricane
Architects Design Group (ADG), headquartered in Winter Park, Florida announced the firm has completed the design of the $6.3 million, 26,200 square foot Lake County (FL) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Consolidated Dispatch Center.
The structure is designed to withstand significant natural forces with redundant critical systems in order to ensure facility survivability. Survivable building strategies included reinforced concrete walls and roof envelope systems designed to withstand sustained wind forces up to 160 mph. The building floor is elevated to protect the facility above the 500 year flood plain, and Home Land Security strategies were implemented to protect the facility with vehicular setbacks, CCTV surveillance cameras, and technology advanced door access systems.
ADG designed this joint-use facility to accommodate the Communications Department for the Sheriff, Fire and EMS as well as the Department of Emergency Management. The EOC portion of the facility contains an Incident Command Center with associated “break out” rooms, food service facilities, dormitories, and offices/conference areas for elected officials. ADG also assisted the County with hurricane hardening of the Central Energy Plant that will provide chilled water for HVAC.
The County’s current EOC is located on the second floor of the County Administration Building, but was never designed as a permanent EOC facility. Deficiencies include its size, an exterior envelope which may not withstand a natural disaster, insufficient space to accommodate emergency personnel for an extended time, lack of appropriate technology, and no back-up or redundant systems in the event of utility failure.
“It's imperative that public safety responders have the facility, tools and resources necessary to protect the community. The new hardened facility combines all the County’s dispatchers in one facility with Emergency Management officials, and will ensure safe, secure and survivable operations against natural or manmade disasters." said Architects Design Group Sr. Vice President and Project Architect Kevin Ratigan.
The County Commission approved the project for construction on Tuesday, February 28.
To learn more about Architects Design Group, visit www.adgusa.org.
- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Architects Design Group, 3/5/12)