Dreyfuss + Blackford has a specialty practice for Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) and our newest project of this type is for the County of Contra Costa. The County’s new EOC will replace an existing outdated facility. We worked closely with the design architect, Ross Drulis Cusenbery Architecture, to deliver the project to the County and meet their expectations through further refinement of the overall design and production of the final construction documents. We are the Architect of Record through full construction of the facility and it’s occupancy.
This essential service facility is the new Public Safety building which houses the office of the County Sheriff and Command Staff. A state-of-the-art Emergency Situation Room within the EOC is equipped with the highest level of communication technology. Additionally, the new building has a public training and lecture hall with amenities to support media briefings in times of emergency operations and community events.
Contra Costa County’s EOC is designed to operate independently for up to a week in the event of a natural disaster or crisis where city utilities are unable to function. Construction is being sequenced to serve an active occupied County site. In addition to the new facility, the former building is undergoing renovations to be utilized for future County services.
The project is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. Construction is expected to be completed in March 2020.