El Paso 911 Center Getting Extreme Makeover

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El Paso 911 rendering

It seems like a project made for HGTV. In need of an overhaul on the new site of its Regional Communications Command Center, El Paso County’s 911 District needed to find a trustworthy contractor to gut and remodel its mission-critical facility.

No, it won’t be the Property Brothers.

The district chose Sundt to handle the $16 million Construction Manager at Risk project after purchasing an existing building that needs a lot of TLC. Having history in the field will help us meet the challenges that lie ahead. We have successfully finished 911 centers in Deer Valley, Arizona; San Antonio and Tucson.

“There are several surprises that await in the constructability,” said Project Director Joe Riccillo. “We are removing about 20,000 square feet of slab to create a raised flooring system on the call floor, and we are adding joists to the building in order to support the new mechanical units on the roof, which we will have to peel back the deck in order to install. We are sure the existing building has a few surprises in store for us. Resolving these items quickly will be key.”

Many issues are better anticipated because of our experience with similar projects. The district provides 911 service for more than 800,000 people living and working in El Paso County.

“We are trying to coordinate the call floor slab removal with the new plumbing installation, a Lean process if you will, by coordinating the demo contractor saw cut with plumbing layout and concrete sub replacement,” Joe said. “One saw cut, install and one concrete replacement.”

We have a year to reach substantial completion on this Fixer Upper. By the time work is complete, this will be a Dream Home for El Paso County’s 911 District and a facility that best serves a growing community.