Visalia Emergency Communication Center

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Visalia Emergency Communication Center

City of Visalia


2018, American Public Works Association Central Valley, Project of the Year

Executive Architect Darden Architects retained McClaren, Wilson and Lawrie, Inc. (MWL) as part of a team along with associated architect LPA Architects, to complete a detailed space needs and site feasibility assessment for a new emergency operations and communications center. The city also was desirous of examining long-term site needs to add a replacement public safety headquarters on the same site. To address this Darden and MWL used its space needs database to conduct a macro space needs study to allow for master planning of the overall site. Soon after completion, the City determined it would upgrade the macro study to a full space needs study of the public safety facility to discern what, if any, efficiencies could be derived by combining the two buildings. The City of Visalia Ultimately elected to construct their new public safety complex in phases.

The City of Visalia has now completed the first phase: the emergency communications center. Two stories, and designed in a distinctly modern style, the Emergency Communications Center building houses the city’s 911 dispatch team. These hard-working individuals were formerly stuck working in the basement of the police station. The new space overlooks the adjacent creeks and provides a state of the art work space. Fire Department administration is also housed temporarily in the building as well as the city’s traffic management center. The Master Plan calls for the new police station and evidence storage building next, with the final phase being the relocation of City Hall.