Client:Sarasota County
Location :Sarasota, Florida
Budget :$15,314,000
Architect :Architects Design Group
Completion :January 2015

Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center

This project was a joint venture between Ajax and Tandem Construction. The new Sarasota County Public Safety facility served to house both the Emergency Management Department as well as the 911 call center. The project pursued LEED Silver and was designed to FEMA 361 standards. Heavy redundancies were incorporated throughout the building by way of HVAC systems, UPS backup, and full building generators. The building is capable of operating up to 72 hours without outside intervention.

The project consisted of the construction of an approximately 40,000sf building within the existing Porter Way Public Safety Site.  Site improvements included: a communications tower, parking, lift station, central energy plant, site infrastructure, dumpster enclosure, and entry plaza areas. This building was designed to FEMA 361 standards to withstand an ultimate wind speed of 253 MPH. The Emergency Operations Center and the Central Energy Plant are tilt up concrete structures, and contain structural composite floor and roof slabs with large foundations bearing on vibratory compaction piles. The project schedule reflected an overall duration of fourteen (14) months for the construction phase of the project from mobilization to substantial completion. All exterior openings which include store fronts, fixed window, doors and frames and an overhead door, were also designed to be FEMA 361 rated assemblies. The Guaranteed Maximum Price for the project was $15,314,000 and the project was complete within budget and on time.

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