ADG, in association with Rosenblum Coe Architects, Inc., was selected for the programming, master planning, design and construction administration by Charleston County for a new Consolidated EOC and 911 Call Center. The facility is designed based on the elevated hurricane and redundancy criteria of the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and also designed to mitigate seismic activity. The project consists of a 2-story building to consolidate both the EOC and 911 Call Center functions in one structure, and also includes a backup data center for Charleston County and a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility). The 911 Call Center consolidates 19 local agencies into this one facility.
The project includes offices for both the EOC and 911 operations, a small food service facility, and redundant electrical and water backup systems for the facility to remain functional after a storm or emergency event. The building is designed to operate for 72 hours without any outside utility service while withstanding hurricane force winds of up to 155 MPH as well as an impact level equal to tornado force projectiles.
The building is equipped with a backup Data Center and IT space. These spaces are on 100% battery back-up coupled with an emergency generator in case of electrical utility failure. Due to the critical nature of the technology spaces, the facility incorporates 2 chillers, each capable of supplying 100% of the cooling load. This is the first EOC in the State of South Carolina to be LEED Certified and the 14th LEED Certified EOC in the United States.