San Antonio Public Safety Answering Point
Location:San Antonio, Texas
Markets:State & Local, Data Centers/Mission Critical
Design Consultants:Architect-Ross Drulis Cusenbery Architects, Architect/Engineer-Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. - SF, Architect/Engineer-Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. - TX
The 40,000-square-foot, single-story dispatch center serves as the new Emergency Services Dispatch Center and Emergency Operations Center for the City of San Antonio and surrounding Bexar County. The facility has a high degree of survivability, including redundant systems to ensure continued operation during power outages and catastrophic events. Beneath the raised flooring in its 115-operator dispatch room are more than six miles of data wiring. The building has two chillers (in a typical office building there would be one), five air handlers (normally two), and four generators (normally one).
After the project was well underway, the team was tasked with managing the purchase and installation of the equipment and furnishings, which had a significant effect on its ability to meet the tight schedule and ensure a seamless transition once the old facility was taken offline.