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Public Safety Answering Center II / SOM

  • 09:00 - 18 May, 2017
Public Safety Answering Center II / SOM
Public Safety Answering Center II  / SOM, © Albert Vecerka
© Albert Vecerka

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  • Architects

    SOM
  • Location

    Bronx, NY, United States
  • Senior Interior Designer

    Cynthia Mirbach
  • Landscape Architect

    Thomas Balsley Associates
  • Area

    450000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    • Design Partner

      Gary Haney
    • Managing Partner

      Laura Ettelman, Peter Magill
    • Technical Partner

      Carl Galioto
    • Interior Design Partner

      Stephen Apking
    • Managing Director

      Mark Regulinski
    • Technical Director

      Nicholas Holt
    • Project Manager

      Emily Mottolese, Mark Leininger, Joseph Sacco
    • Senior Design Architect

      Rob Rothblatt
    • Senior Technical Coordinator

      Carl Brown
    • Senior Technical Architect

      Lesley Campbell, Ross Goldsworthy
    • Structural Engineer

      Thornton Tomasetti
    • MEP Engineer

      Jaros Baum & Bolles
    • Civil Engineer

      Philip Habib & Associates
    • Geotechnical Engineer

      Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
    • Construction Manager

      Tishman Construction
    • Active Modular Phytoremediation Wall System (AMPS)

      Center for Architecture Science & Ecology (CASE)
    • Sustainability Consultant Landscape Architect Graphic Designer Lighting Designer

      Vidaris
    • Security Design Consultant

      Shen Milson & Wilke, LLC
    • Vertical Transportation Consultant

      Van Deusen & Associates
    • Code Consultant

      Milrose Consultants
    • Cost Estimating Consultant

      Ellana, Inc
    • Kitchen Consultant

      Hopkins Foodservice Specialists, Inc
    • Graphic Designer

      Lebowitz/Gould Design, Inc
    • Lighting Designer

      Domingo Gonzalez Associates
    • Blast Designer

      Thornton Tomasetti
    • Acoustical and Vibration Designer

      Shen Milson & Wilke, LLC
    • Client

      New York City Department of Design and Construction
    • More Specs Less Specs
    © Albert Vecerka
    © Albert Vecerka

    Text description provided by the architects. Public Safety Answering Center II (PSAC II), a new facility located in the Bronx, enhances New York City’s 911 emergency response system and sets a high standard to sustainability. The 450,000-square-foot building brings together emergency response workers from multiple city agencies—the Police Department, the Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services—serving as a model for inter- agency cooperation.

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    © Albert Vecerka
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    © Albert Vecerka

    As a back-up facility to the city’s primary call center, PSAC II introduces an important layer of redundancy to New York City’s 911 system. Continuously operating and highly secure, the building enhances the city’s ability to maintain communication in the event of a natural disaster or large-scale emergency. The project’s completion is a milestone in New York City’s overhaul of its 911 system, a long-term initiative begun by former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

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    © Albert Vecerka

    PSAC II sits on a prominent nine-acre site at the intersection of Bronx and Pelham Parkway and Hutchinson River Parkway. With its design, SOM confronted the challenge of creating a secure and functional building that also makes a positive contribution to its urban context. Designed as a perfect cube, the structure has few windows due to security concerns. To mitigate the building’s potentially monolithic appearance, SOM developed a dynamic, serrated facade that includes recycled aluminum.

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    © Albert Vecerka

    The building is surrounded by a wrap-around sculptural berm of wild grasses. This berm serves as a barrier to protect the facility, and it also enriches the aesthetics of the site. From the Hutchinson River and Pelham Parkways, the berm hides the surface parking and loading dock from view; for the building’s occupants, it o ers a sense of connection to nature. The landscape requires no irrigation, which helps to achieve the project’s ambitious sustainability goal of LEED® Gold certification.

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    SOM gave special attention to creating a soothing environment for the emergency response teams working inside. The building’s main gathering space features an innovative plant wall developed by CASE, the design research laboratory of SOM in partnership with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. This plant wall not only introduces nature into the building, but also lters the air and reduces overall energy use.

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    About this office
    Cite: "Public Safety Answering Center II / SOM" 18 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/871472/public-safe-answering-center-ii-som/> ISSN 0719-8884
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