Architects Design Group Exhibiting at 2013 National Hurricane Conference
For the 8th year in a row, Architects Design Group will be exhibiting at the Annual National Hurricane Conference (NHC) Conference which will be held in New Orleans, LA. The NHC anticipates more than 1,500 agencies from around the Country will attend this training conference and exposition.
On Monday, March 25, 2013 from 8:30-10am, ADG’s CEO, I.S.K. Reeves V, FAIA will be presenting the “ABC’s of EOC’s”, in the Belle Chase Room on the 3rd Floor.
Architects Design Group specializes in the design of Emergency Operations and Communications Facilities and is committed to enhancing the Public Safety community’s ability to provide first class facilities to its citizens. We continually lecture, exhibit and sponsor events at conferences such as NHC to ensure we remain on the cutting edge of emerging trends, technology and standards.
Make sure you stop by ADG’s booth #117 while at the show to learn more about the services we offer including spatial needs assessments, master planning, site selection, design, construction administration, and grant assistance.
Architects Design Group Exhibiting at 2013 Texas Emergency Management Conference
Architects Design Group will be exhibiting at the 2013 Texas Emergency Management Conference—hosted by Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). It will be held March 25-28 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. This conference attracts nearly 3,000 elected officials, first responders, emergency managers, and decision makers from across Texas. It provides jurisdictions an opportunity to see and learn about innovative products and services such as those provided by Architects Design Group.
Come visit ADG at booth #1301 while at the show to learn more about our ongoing projects in Texas, including the Georgetown Public Safety Operations and Training Complex and the Nacogdoches EOC. ADG is recognized internationally as Public Safety Facility and Emergency Operations Center architects with over 42 years of award-winning experience. We are a full-service architectural firm specializing in spatial needs assessments, master planning, site selection, design and construction administration. Our goal is to deliver projects on time and on budget. We continually lecture, exhibit and sponsor events at conferences such as TEMC to ensure we remain on the cutting edge of emerging trends, technology and standards.
New Facilities Planning Seminar Scheduled for March 2013 in Orlando, Florida
For more than a decade The Center for Public Safety, Inc. in association with Architects Design Group has been hosting a bi-annual seminar titled; “Planning, Funding and Obtaining New Public Safety Facilities”.
This seminar is designed to help a governmental entity planning a new or renovated facility within the next few years to become more educated about the steps of the process from the identification of the need until the ribbon cutting to open the new facility.
Topics include involving staff, the RFP/RFQ process, selecting the design team, the stages of the project, project funding options, grants, construction delivery methods, emerging trends and security concerns among others.
This seminar is unique in that it is only available to current public sector employees or elected officials. To date more than 400 cities, towns, parishes, counties and public entities have sent at least one person to participate in this seminar.
The next opportunity to attend is March 7th and 8th in Orlando, Florida. In addition to the day and a half seminar, participants will have an opportunity to take a facility tour of a police department, fire station or emergency operations center. Lunch is provided the first day and that evening participants and their spouses can attend a catered reception where they can meet and interact with their peers and the seminar presenters.
For more information on or about the seminar, please visit http://www.centerforpublicsafety.org/ or contact CPS Executive Director Stockton Reeves via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 407-756-1237.
Activation Plan and Post Disaster Planning
During and after activation the Public Safety Building will have an increased presence on the site due to the number of staff occupying the building, outside agencies, government officials, and various other staging needs associated with Emergency Response Operations. Based on the size of the complex and the available site area, available over flow parking should be considered that may or may not be paved. Staging areas for emergency response vehicles, temporary structures, media vehicles, potential city utility response teams, area for supply delivery, and even livestock should be given consideration depending on the needs of the Activation and Post Disaster plan. Large vehicle spaces with media connections tied into the Public Safety Facility should be located in proximity to the primary building for use by the Media Vehicles and/or FEMA vehicles. Multiple means of ingress/egress to the site during activation should be maintained to account for a possible blockage due to unforeseen conditions. The main Public Safety Building will be designed with various levels of backup systems to maintain continuous operations during and after events, so in many cases these facilities become shelters to house critical staff and officials, and possibly local citizens. In this event, design consideration for dormitories, lockers, showers and restrooms should be considered. Under prolonged activation, food and dining needs will need to be accommodated along with storage of dry goods, non perishables, prepackaged MRE meals, drinking water, and bulk supplies. Large flexible space may be commandeered as added dormitory or dining space to meet expanded needs. Due to the potential for injury during events, triage spaces may be considered in the design program as well as medical supply storage. The list of Activation and Post Disaster Planning considerations will be greatly determined by the level service anticipated to be provided and the action plan as determined by the agency in question. As always, planning ahead is paramount as well as leaving room for contingency issues.
All in all, this process should begin with a detailed risk assessment to determine the level of service and protection needed. Based on the client’s needs and specific program being considered, the risk assessment will have a varying impact. Due to the complexity of this project type, identification of any and all applicable codes per the client’s request, program, grant criteria, and local and regional codes will guide the level of survivability that is planned and budgeted for in the project development cost. Once the baselines for the project are established, it is essential for the design team to systematically analyze the impact to the site design, building design, and utility and support system design. The issues should be reviewed to ensure the site size is adequate, building systems are available, and the project budget is feasible. The key stakeholders must be engaged in an open and transparent process to ensure all expectations are being considered and met. While all projects are unique, this outline should serve as a good starting point to ensure the critical design considerations of considered and successful project may follow.