Enhanced 9-1-1 Authority Administration & Training Building
Colorado Springs, CO
This new administration and training facility houses a low profile organization charged with a critical mission essential to the safety and welfare of the citizens of two adjacent counties. The El Paso – Teller County Enhanced 911 Authority provides oversight, state of the art training, and coordination of the 911 call centers dispersed throughout El Paso and Teller Counties. As a quasi-public entity, the Authority was adamant that the new facility convey a sense of prominence tempered by fiscal responsibility. The Authority desired a pleasant, secure environment filled with natural daylight for its small permanent work force and new state of the art facilities for its training programs.
The new E 911 building accommodates public meetings, specialized education, a central computer server for the regional 911 entities, and the Authority’s administrative offices. The Authority provides education and training for dispatch personnel in both a classroom/lecture environment and a computerized simulation lab. The design allows simultaneous use of all major components without cross disruption or compromise of required security. In the event of a regional crisis, the tiered classroom is equipped to function as an emergency operations center, necessitating inclusion of showers and locker rooms, a small kitchen in the break room, a back-up generator, and enough area in the boardroom to install cots to house the operations personnel for the duration of an event.
AIA Design Excellence Citation Award