Cumberland County Public Safety Center
The Cumberland County Public Safety Center, which includes secure office and administration space, an emergency operation center and a 911 call and dispatch center which was originally located within the basement of the County Prison. In 2007, the County contracted with us to design a new facility that would meet their growing needs.
As a part of our contract, we were assigned the task of evaluating the Feasibility Study previously provided to the County. In the analysis of this study, we identified various cost saving approaches to maintain the security of this facility. The main focuses of the design included physical security, technology integration, public training areas, and building sustainability. Building security was a paramount concern. The secure portion of the building is separated from the exterior and the public areas with blast resistant construction.
The building is designed to meet the requirements of FEMA 361 including the ability to withstand winds of 190 MPH. Natural physical barriers provide security from motor vehicles with a standoff distance of 30 feet. The emergency operation center was designed to meet all NIMS requirements and incorporate new technology to ensure compatibility and connectivity with PEMA. Several accommodations are included to ensure that this facility will maintain operation in the most severe events. Multiple generators provide 150% backup power with on site fuel storage.