Pima County Emergency Communications and Operations Center
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This emergency management project for Pima County will greatly improve communication and coordination between various public safety agencies in the county and city of Tucson. Sundt’s contract consisted of a partial building demolition, remodeling work, and building a 13,400-square-foot addition to an existing, county-owned facility. The completed 63,000-square-foot facility will house the 9-1-1 call center and dispatch operations of the Pima County Sheriff's Department and a consortium of fire districts that serve unincorporated Pima County, plus the Pima County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Emergency Operations Center, and backup dispatch facilities for the City of Tucson Police and Fire Departments.
Significant attention was paid to the project’s environmental impact throughout construction. PECOC includes an energy-efficient overhead HVAC system with raised flooring for heating and cooling. Low-VOC-emitting materials were used inside the building to improve indoor air quality and human health. (VOC stands for volatile organic compounds.) Approximately 75 percent of the project’s construction waste, including saving rocks that were in the original landscape and reusing them to create a new gabion wall.
The facility contains the most state-of-the-art technology and security features including radio communications equipment and telecommunications infrastructure, for which Sundt installed all of the cables. PECOC also includes high security fencing, a controlled access system, seismic bracing to prevent earthquake damage, and a number of redundant features and backup generators so that the facility never loses power.