Emergency Operations Center

Client: City of San Antonio

Location: Brooks City-Base

Type: New Construction/Design-build

Size: 35,200 GSF

The new 35,200 square foot state-of-the-art joint use Emergency Operations Center is capable of responding 24/7 to catastrophic, all hazard events and allows for seamless integration between city, county, regional, state, and federal emergency management personnel.

As a secure command and control center, key features include a central command operations room, an emergency planning/policy room that can accommodate 25 participants and 32 support personnel, a media briefing room, administrative and support space, a data center, redundant communications systems and electrical backup generator system designed to accommodate sustained activation.

The Operations Room and Data Centers are equipped with redundant mechanical and electrical systems for emergency power, and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. In addition to EOC operations, the facility houses the City’s 311 Call Center. The Emergency Planning/Policy Room is equipped with a moveable glass wall divider that allows auditory privacy while providing full view into the Operations Room. There is also a space for regional medical operations support, including a Web EOC that provides current information on all available local and regional hospital beds.

A large break room and exterior patio provide opportunities for stress reduction for the emergency staff. LSA developed and prepared the design development and construction documents, as well as the exterior design and interior architectural design of the facility. Work included construction administration and coordination with the City of San Antonio and consultants.

LSA has been our partner on this very challenging Design/Build contract and their team has helped make this one of the best project experiences we have been involved with in many years. At every point that a potential issue came up, the level of service that LSA provided proved to be invaluable. LSA has also worked with us on renovation work that we did on our own facilities. We appreciated their ability to get their work done on schedule and the quality of drawings that were produced for our projects.

Rene M. Garcia, PE, Director, Commercial Building Division

Zachry Construction Corporation