Carlson was selected to provide construction management at risk services along with design partner FGM Architects for the Minooka Fire Protection District’s new regional headquarters and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) facility. This building includes Class A administrative offices, a Level I Emergency Operations Center, large and small group training rooms, administrative offices, classrooms, 6 drive-through apparatus bays, 2 apparatus maintenance bays, physical training areas and a quarters area within the two-story structure.
This facility houses the personnel, communications infrastructure and equipment to protect a large geographic area, including a ComEd nuclear power plant. Extensive specialty systems have been installed within the building to facilitate its unique life/safety needs, including high-speed video and data conferencing capabilities. The facility’s uninterruptable power supply (UPS) system was specifically designed for the Minooka EOC with the understanding that IT connectivity to the building can never be compromised, especially in times of disaster or trauma.
The masonry, stone, steel, and glass structure was designed to separate day- to-day operations from administration and training areas. The site work for the facility included concrete paving, sanitary sewer and water main extensions, sanitary sewer lift station, enhanced storm water system, drought resistant landscaping, LED site lighting and emergency egress traffic control signals. The maintenance bays included vehicle exhaust, compressed air system, and specialty power connections.