In July, the City of Raleigh commissioned PBC+L, an architectural firm with office in Raleigh and Asheville, NC, and AECOM, a global provider of professional technical and management support services, for Phase One of the Critical Public Safety Facility. The facility will house the Emergency Communications Center, Emergency Operations Center, and the City’s Primary Data Center.
Phase One design services include evaluating and updating the departmental programming, evaluating the site and creating a master plan, and producing an initial conceptual design of the building. The City Council also authorized a security and threat assessment and contracted with the Burns & McDonnell team of security consultants for Phase One of that service.
Programming workshops, conducted by Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee/AECOM and Burns & McDonnell, have already concluded that: (1) the site is appropriate and satisfactory for the critical public safety functions; (2) the site can accommodate the necessary communications tower but will require a zoning variance; (3) there is sufficient capacity on the site for some future expansion but will require structured parking; (4) The facilities can accommodate a potential joint Emergency Operations Center with Wake County; and (5) geographically and functionally, the site is not well suited to accommodate police district facilities.
Phase One of the Critical Public Safety Center facility involves approximately 95,000 square feet with a cost of approximately $69 million, which includes $15 million for technology components. Phase One also accommodates a potential partnership with Wake County for a Joint Emergency Operations Center.
“We look forward to developing the design of the Critical Public Safety Facilities project as a key element in our region’s ability to effectively respond to the range of public safety issues that may arise,” said Clymer Cease, AIA, PBC+L's principal-in-
For more information on the future Critical Pubic Safety Center go to www.raleighnc.gov, scroll down to “News” then click on “Critical Public Safety Center Moves Forward.”
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About Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee (PBC+L) is an award-winning, full-service architectural firm specializing in academic and cultural arts projects. PBC+L has offices in Raleigh and Asheville, North Carolina. The firm’s work has been published in numerous professional journals and the firm was ranked 15th in Architecture magazine’s 2012 Top 50 Firms in the nation. For more information, visit www.pbclarchitecture.com or find the firm on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.