Pima County Emergency Communications and Operations Center
Features & Highlights
- LEED Silver®
- Seismic bracing to prevent earthquake damage
- Redundant features and backup generators ensure the facility never loses power
This emergency management project for Pima County, Arizona, known as PECOC (Pima Emergency Communications and Operations Center), greatly improved communication and coordination between various public safety agencies in the county and nearby city of Tucson. PECOC was designed to be an innovative solution for Pima County, centralizing communications, dispatch and public safety answering points for the Pima County Wireless Integrated Network, also known as PCWIN, to meet a variety of critical needs for the community.
The project included 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 housed 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.
In order to help the project achieve its LEED Silver® goal, 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 (volatile organic compounds)-emitting materials were used inside the building to improve indoor air quality and human health. Approximately 75% of the project’s construction waste, including saving rocks that were in the original landscape and reusing them to create a new gabion wall.