DeSoto County EOC Arcadia, Florida

view from southwest

view from southwest

south elevation detail looking east towards entry

south elevation detail looking east towards entry

Main Entry - Storm door in open position

Main Entry - Storm door in open position

Storm Door Open

Storm Door Open

Storm Door Closing - door operates from inside

Storm Door Closing - door operates from inside

Storm Door Closed - position during storm event

Storm Door Closed - position during storm event

view from southeast

view from southeast

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Floor Plan

Floor Plan

Emergency Operations Center

Emergency Operations Center

Exploded Axonometric

Exploded Axonometric

wall section & building section

wall section & building section

Building section looking east

Building section looking east

Model View from entry drive - south elevation

Model View from entry drive - south elevation

Model view from parking area looking east

Model view from parking area looking east

Model view - mechanical equipment yard protective cage

Model view - mechanical equipment yard protective cage

Model view building entry looking northwest

Model view building entry looking northwest

Model view building entry with storm door

Model view building entry with storm door

Model view interior of Emergency Operations Center

Model view interior of Emergency Operations Center

Model view interior view from GIS conference room

Model view interior view from GIS conference room

Process model - plan view program diagrams

Process model - plan view program diagrams

Process Option 1 - Model aerial view program diagram

Process Option 1 - Model aerial view program diagram

Process Option 1 - Model aerial view building diagram

Process Option 1 - Model aerial view building diagram

Process Option 1 - Model view building entry

Process Option 1 - Model view building entry

Process Option 2 - Model aerial view program diagram

Process Option 2 - Model aerial view program diagram

Process Option 2 - Model aerial view building diagram

Process Option 2 - Model aerial view building diagram

Process Option 2 - Model view building entry

Process Option 2 - Model view building entry

Process Option 3 - Model aerial view program diagram

Process Option 3 - Model aerial view program diagram

Process Option 4 - Model aerial view program diagram

Process Option 4 - Model aerial view program diagram

Client: DeSoto County

Location: 2115 Northeast Roan Street

Site: A level, unoccupied parcel on a rural route with an adjacent wetland area. An adjacent field is reserved for staging in the event of an emergency.

Program Challenge: To create an emergency operations center of 3,485 square feet that meets the criteria for Category 4 structural survivability and also satisfies the functional needs of county officials day to day, but especially in a weather emergency or other crises. The building also needed to be equipped for 72 hours of stand-alone operation. The project was commissioned through a competitive grant process under House Bill 7121.

Solution: Rowe Architects designed the EOC to provide its users with a versatile, highly functional workspace insulated from external chaos. It serves as a command post for routine, daily operations as well as a centralized headquarters that accommodates up to 41 people during a hurricane or other catastrophe. At the heart of the building, a central operations room serves as a meeting area for crucial decision making with easy access to nearby office, mapping, planning, and communications spaces. The rooms are separated by sliding glass partitions which allows for reconfiguration.

To meet Category 4 hurricane requirements, the EOC was designed as a hardened structure with an exterior cavity wall system of 8” reinforced concrete masonry units faced with a 4” architectural concrete masonry veneer. A pre-cast concrete panel system was used for the roof deck and it is supported by the masonry exterior walls and interior structural steel columns.

A variety of other features equip the EOC for continued operation amidst emergency conditions. A retractable radio antenna allows for communication with outside agencies and can be lowered to avoid damage from high winds and projectiles. Storefront-style openings with impact-resistant glass provide natural light and a means to observe outside conditions. The window openings, as well as all exterior components (mechanical equipment, well head, generator and fuel storage), are encased in protective metal cages constructed with a galvanized steel bar grating panel system. For added protection, bi-fold aircraft hangar doors can be lowered over the storefront openings. An oversized lift station, well water, and a generator ensure that the EOC and all of its systems can operate unassisted for the specified 72-hour period.

  • 2013 H. Dean Rowe, FAIA Award for Design Excellence, AIA Tampa Bay