Emergency Operations Center / Fire Dispatch Center

Oakland, CA

This comprehensive facility was designed in response to the crises experienced in the Bay Area by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and the 1991 Oakland Hills firestorm.

MWA completely renovated the existing Fire Dispatch Center and added the Emergency Operations Center to the complex. As this facility must be fully operational during a large-scale emergency it features redundant emergency power and communications systems, uninterruptible power for computer systems, and structural strength in excess of essential service facility standards. We also designed architectural features to reduce staff member stress such as daylighting, spatial openness and noise mitigation.

Client: City of Oakland, Department of Public Works
Cost: $4.9 Million
Completion: 1999