LOCATION: Deland, FL
OWNER: Volusia County
ARCHITECT: Schenkel Shultz
COMPLETION DATE: February 2013
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The project consisted of a new 42,650 square foot hardened shelter facility to house the consolidated 911 Dispatch and Emergency Operations Command Center. The building was designed to resist 180 mph winds and an EF3 tornado, and the lobby includes bullet-resistant interior walls. This single story building is constructed of a concrete tilt panel exterior with structural steel superstructure and was developed on a green site. Interior spaces included 2 state-of-the-art primary command centers as well as areas for Media/Broadcasting, cafeteria/break areas, bunk rooms, conference rooms and other support spaces. The building is outfitted with state of the art systems to upgrade the current emergency network. Building systems includes a highly energy efficient HVAC design incorporating Ice Storage technology and the facility is awaiting LEED certification.
“This facility will enable us to work much smarter every day — and especially during times of disaster-recovery,” said Emergency Management Director Charles Craig. “Many thanks to the project team members from Ajax Building Corporation and Schenkel Shultz Architecture for all of their hard work and dedication in building us a state-of-the-art Center for which all of us in Volusia County can truly be proud.”