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New Emergency Coordination Center is Dedicated

By Lindsay Wochnick

Mayor Charlie Hales speaks to the importance of the city being prepared for a disaster. 
Mayor Charlie Hales speaks to the importance of the city being prepared for a disaster.

On January 30th, the City of Portland officially opened its new, state-of-the-art Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in southeast Portland.  The $19.8 million facility provides a central hub for a multi-agency response to a major disaster, including a catastrophic earthquake, flood, or winter storm. 

The building houses the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) and the Portland Water Bureau's Emergency Management and Security offices.  The ECC was built immediately adjacent to the existing Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications, commonly referred to as the 911 Center. This location allows for shared infrastructure and services.  A section of SE Bush Street was realigned to accommodate the facility expansion. 

The building incorporates a range of information and communication technologies, including a 150-foot radio tower.  The building was designed to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard using water, energy, lighting and other efficiencies.

PBEM Director Carmen Merlo, Mayor Hales, and Commissioner Novick. 
From left, PBEM Director Carmen Merlo, Mayor Hales, and Commissioner Novick

On hand at the grand opening to offer remarks and a ribbon cutting ceremony were Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick, and PBEM Director Carmen MerloWater Bureau Administrator David Shaff and Commissioner Amanda Fritz were also in attendance. 

The ECC project broke ground in June 2012, led by Portland Office of Management and Finance's Facilities Services division. Portland Water Bureau Capital Project Manager David Gray supervised the ECC’s construction.  Emerick Construction was the general contractor and MWA Architects led the design team consultants.  The Water Bureau’s Public Information staff worked with the community and neighbors throughout the planning and construction of the facility.

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