ADG and Houston J Lirette Architects provided the spatial needs assessment, master planning, design, construction documentation, and construction administration for a new EOC and Community Safe Room. The project consists of an 11,000 SF, single story Emergency Operations Center and a 3,893 SF, single story Community Safe Room, co-located on a 2.5 acre site. A covered canopy area connects the two structures. Additionally, a central energy plant, covered equipment, and covered parking area is also provided. The site is divided into a public access and parking area, and a secure staff parking area. Building placement provides for future expansion if required.
The EOC program consists of several critical facility functions that include but are not limited to: Office of Emergency Management, Emergency Operations Center, Administration and other support programs that comprise approximately 11,000 SF for the programmed needs through year 2035. In addition, the building allows for ease of expansion as the need arises due to potential communication consolidation or other needs.
The current design is organized around a single story central corridor that divides the large volume of the Incident Command Center with its open plan flexibility and the more intimate administration offices suites. The central corridor extends through the building for efficient movement through the Emergency Operations Center leading to the Multi Agency Safe Room structure to the north.
The Safe Room Program consists of a large single volume for the Main Shelter space with support spaces including restrooms, a registration office, system support space and mechanical / electrical room. The Community Safe Room is easily accessible from the adjacent Emergency Operations Center through a covered breezeway between the two structures. The entrances to the Community Safe Room are protected by baffles that prohibit penetration to the interior by airborne objects during a storm event.
A Central Energy Plant built to survivable building strategies serve both structures with redundant emergency power generators and chillers.