New EOC Facility Improves PEMA’s Operational and Administrative Capabilities
mcpmanager December 5th, 2017
Posted In: Facility Design and Programming
New PEMA headquarters is a crown jewel among EOC facilities
“This facility is a crown jewel among EOCs that dramatically improves PEMA’s operational and administrative capabilities, both day to day and during emergencies.”
Richard D. Flinn, Jr.,
Overview and agency challenge
An EOC facility located in Harrisburg, PA the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is a cabinet-level agency that is tasked with coordinating prevention, preparedness, response and recovery activities related to natural and manmade emergencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Lack of space and age prevented them from serving the needs of a statewide EOC and limited their ability to introduce new technology and replace aging systems.
How MCP helped
With a team of architectural partners and Mission Critical Partners, PEMA built a new state-of-the-art, 132,448-square-foot facility and a 22,985 ancillary building that opened in July 2016. MCP provided a number of services to support EOC facility design including completing a hazards assessment, planning, designing and project managing the implementation of the Internet-Protocol (IP) based, broadband-enabled network infrastructure as well as various communications systems.
The new facility is considered a crown-jewel among mission critical EOC facilities, including:
- Dramatically enhanced operational and administrative capabilities.
- Fully-redundant and resilient power, water, HVAC, telecommunications and broadband.
- Being designed to mitigate and lessen the impact of risk.
- Multi-generational mission critical technology designed to meet emergency communications needs now and into the future.
- Significant network savings of between 30 and 40 percent resulting from MCP’s procurement support.
Most impressively, it was delivered under budget and is situated to meet the Commonwealth’s needs for years to come.