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  Kenai Peninsula Borough Emergency Response Center

Architect

Architects Alaska
900 W. 5th Avenue, #403, Anchorage, AK 99507
www.architectsalaska.com

General Description

Location: Soldotna, Alaska
Date Bid: June 2005
Construction Period: July 2005 to Nov 2006
Total Square Feet: 8,600 Site: 1.74 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 7,100; second floor, 1,500; total, 8,600 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16’; second floor, 12’8”; floor to floor, 16’; total, 28’8”. 
Basic Construction Type: VB-Sprinkled/New.
Foundation: Concrete form masonry unit, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Concrete form masonry unit. Roof: Asphalt shingles, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Construction Administration Architect: Klauder and Company - 606 Peterson Way, Kenai, AK 99611
Structural Engineer: William J. Nelson & Associates - 155 Bidarka Street, Kenai, AK 99611
General Contractor: G & S Construction - P. O. Box 1493, Soldotna, AK 99669
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: AMC Engineers - 701 East Tudor Road, #250, Anchorage, AK 99503
Civil Engineer: Wince Corthell Bryson Consulting Engineers - P. O. Box 1041, Kenai, AK 99611


Kenai Peninsula Borough Emergency Response Center

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Emergency Response Center is a critical facility for the protection of the lives, health and property of the people of the Kenai Peninsula. It serves the Borough Fire Department, the Alaska State Troopers, the City of Soldotna Police and other local public safety and law enforcement personnel as the primary emergency dispatch (911) center for emergencies. For major emergencies it serves as the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in which the Incident Management Team makes decisions to allocate and coordinate resources and provide command and control of emergency field personnel. The building houses both the people and communications equipment which are key to the provisions of a coordinated response to major emergencies as well as the day-to-day dispatch of emergency medical services, fire fighters, and law enforcement personnel. Location of the Emergency Operations Center in the same building with the 911 Dispatch Center enhances effective use of all modes of communication available. The centralization of the EOC allows representatives of all involved agencies to work together to coordinate activities with each other. Properly equipped, the EOC allows for sustained "24/7" operations over extended periods.

The agencies that house staff in the proposed facility include the Office of Emergency Management, 911 Dispatch Center, and Fire Marshal. 

The building design is organized to reflect the functional requirements of the program, including public access, secure access, and departmental organization. The main entry is oriented toward the public parking. The public will enter the building through an arctic vestibule. The interior vestibule doors have the capability of being secured during a large emergency event in which case the entire building will be secured to minimize disruption to the emergency operations. When the building is secured the vestibule is served by a secure reception window. Normally the public will proceed into the lobby where a more gracious secure reception window will allow the receptionist to greet the visitors. 

Employees enter the building through controlled access from secure parking. Employees enter into a circulation area to access their departments. Accesses to the departments are able to be controlled in multi-level of ways. 911 Dispatch personnel will proceed to a secured second floor dispatch suite. The dispatch center is secure from the rest of the dispatch suite and includes design sensitive security features.

Visitors or outside emergency management personnel utilize the Emergency Operation Center/Classroom. This space is regularly used for the education and training of emergency response personnel of all types and serves as a training/meeting room for other agencies. Used as this function it can accommodate 32 modular desks with chairs. The primary function of the space, however, is the Emergency Operations Center. In the Emergency Operation Center mode the space can accommodate 40 - 60 people working on an emergency.

Manufacturers

DIV. 4: Concrete Form Masonry Unit: Pentstar.
DIV. 7: Membrane Roof: Firestone. 
DIV. 8: Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer.
DIV. 9: Flooring: Armstrong; Carpet: J & J.

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