Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus met with project team leaders this week for a construction update on the Phase One of the planned $10.5 million upgrade to the County’s 911 Emergency Operations Center. Steinhaus was advised the facility is scheduled for bids to be released in mid-October and construction scheduled to start in December.
“In addition to our new Emergency Command Center, we will have excellent training facilities available for county fire, police and emergency response personnel – both volunteer and professional. This is a critical component to maintaining the high quality of first responders in Dutchess County,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
The facility will feature a state-of-the-art Emergency Command Center to coordinate activities in the event of any natural or man-made disaster. It will also feature a “Learning Lab” – a tiered training classroom that will provide a lecture type environment with new multi-media systems to allow for distance learning courses.
During the design process, the Emergency Response Campus was identified as an ideal candidate for the Steinhaus “Dutchess Goes Green” program. County Executive Steinhaus recently finalized $770,780 bond funding to incorporate a geothermal heating and cooling system into the final design of the EOC as part of his “Green” agenda. Geothermal is an alternative energy to reduce the need for traditional fuels. Energy savings for the Emergency Response Center are estimated to be approximately $80,000 per year.
The project team has spent the last few months working with architects and construction mangers to finalize the design and prepare construction documents. Construction bid documents will be released in October with the bid openings slated for November. Once final contracts are awarded, construction should begin in December. The project is anticipated to take approximately one year, with final completion slated for December 2008.