Public Safety Answering Center II (PSAC II) is the recipient of the Municipal Art Society's 2017 MASterworks Award for Best New Infrastructure. The MASterworks Awards program, founded in 1988, pays tribute to New York City's most iconic buildings completed in the previous year. This year's recipients will be honored at the Celebrating the City awards ceremony on Monday, May 15th, at El Museo del Barrio.
Located in the Bronx, New York, PSAC II was created to enhance New York City’s 911 emergency response system. As a back-up facility to the city’s primary call center, PSAC II introduces an important layer of redundancy to New York City’s 911 system. Continuously operating and highly secure, the 450,000-square-foot building enhances the city’s ability to maintain communication in the event of a natural disaster or large-scale emergency.
The 2017 MASterworks award announcement notes, "The design of PSAC II helps elevate our expectations of what utilitarian infrastructure can be—sophisticated, attentive to detail, and spectacular. And by bringing together emergency response workers from multiple city agencies, the facility has created a new model for interagency cooperation."