Monroe County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
This project will consist of the brand-new construction of a 25,799 square foot, two story building hurricane hardened, federally funded Emergency Operations Center, located on the west end of Marathon Airport property. The elevated two-story cast in place concrete structure (over parking) will serve the Sheriff’s 911 Call Center, the Fire Rescue Administration, and other Emergency Management Facilities. As designed, the building will provide near absolute life safety protection against hurricane wind speeds to serve the first responders, emergency managers, and other disaster staff that must remain behind in the event of a hurricane impacting Monroe County.
This building will be designed to meet and/or exceed FEMA’s requirements for a “safe room” and thus will be designed to meet the FEMA P-361 Design and Construction for Community Safe Room’s guidance to provide “near-absolute protection.”, as well as ICC 500 standards.
The building structure will include precast concrete beams and columns with a site-cast panel system and the roof is designed as cast-in-place concrete that meets all standards for shelters. Storefront glazing tested for missile impact level compliant with Florida Building Codes is required. Emergency back-up power will be provided by a two (2) generator load-sharing arrangement, ensuring full functionality of the EOC, and an uninterrupted power supply for the facility including the emergency (911) call system. The runtime for the generator system is calculated to be 96 hours at the designed electrical demand load. The generator(s) shall be protected against a 500-year flood event by implementing specific activities or by locating the generator(s) outside the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) and shall be protected against wind with a rated enclosure based on its location requirements.
It will also include site development with drainage necessary components (storm drainage piping, inlets, water detention areas, etc.) to meet rain load requirements in compliance with FEMA 361 section B7.2.4 Rainwater Drainage.
You can view live webcam footage on the Monroe County website HEREGo to https://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/1061/Emergency-Operations-Center-EOC.