Public Safety Answering Center II

PSAC II
  • Client New York City Department Of Design + Construction
  • Expertise Civic + Government, Interiors
  • Region North America
  • Location Bronx, New York, United States

Project Facts
  • Status Construction Complete
  • Completion Year 2016
  • Design Finish Year 2009
  • Size Site Area: 9 acres Building Gross Area: 550,000 square feet
  • Awards
    2017, Design Award: Governmental, Society of American Registered Architects - NY 2017, A+ Award - Finalist: Institutional - Government & Municipal, Architizer 2017, National Design Award, Society of American Registered Architects 2010, The Future in Progress, Professional Women in Construction 2017, NYCxDesign Award - Governmental/Institutional, Interior Design 2017, Excelsior Award for Public Architecture, AIA – New York State 2016, Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations, Government Technology 2016, Award of Merit, Best of (New York State Region): Government/Public, Engineering News Record 2016, Diamond Award for Special Projects, American Council of Engineering Companies of New York 2017, MASterworks Awards: Best New Infrastructure, Municipal Art Society of New York 2017, Merit Award for Architecture, AIA – New York City Chapter 2017, Design Award: Governmental, Society of American Registered Architects - NY
  • Collaborators
    Hopkins Foodservice Specialists, Inc Thomas Balsley Associates Van Deusen & Associates Jaros Baum & Bolles Shen Milsom & Wilke Weidlinger Philip Habib & Associates Domingo Gonzalez Associates Ellana Inc. Dbb Architecture, P.C.
Project Facts
  • Status Construction Complete
  • Completion Year 2016
  • Design Finish Year 2009
  • Size Site Area: 9 acres Building Gross Area: 550,000 square feet
  • Awards
    2017, Design Award: Governmental, Society of American Registered Architects - NY 2017, A+ Award - Finalist: Institutional - Government & Municipal, Architizer 2017, National Design Award, Society of American Registered Architects 2010, The Future in Progress, Professional Women in Construction 2017, NYCxDesign Award - Governmental/Institutional, Interior Design 2017, Excelsior Award for Public Architecture, AIA – New York State 2016, Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations, Government Technology 2016, Award of Merit, Best of (New York State Region): Government/Public, Engineering News Record 2016, Diamond Award for Special Projects, American Council of Engineering Companies of New York 2017, MASterworks Awards: Best New Infrastructure, Municipal Art Society of New York 2017, Merit Award for Architecture, AIA – New York City Chapter 2017, Design Award: Governmental, Society of American Registered Architects - NY
  • Collaborators
    Hopkins Foodservice Specialists, Inc Thomas Balsley Associates Van Deusen & Associates Jaros Baum & Bolles Shen Milsom & Wilke Weidlinger Philip Habib & Associates Domingo Gonzalez Associates Ellana Inc. Dbb Architecture, P.C.

Prominently located along the Hutchinson River Parkway and Pelham Parkway in the Bronx, this facility will augment existing 911 services in New York, strengthening the city’s ability to maintain communication in the event of a natural disaster or large-scale emergency. The center is designed to operate continually under adverse conditions and provide redundancy to the city’s primary call center.

PSAC II
© Albert Vecerka | Esto

The 450,000-square-foot, blast-resistant structure is a perfect cube, with minimal windows due to security concerns. To mitigate the structure’s monolithic appearance, SOM gave it a serrated facade made of recycled aluminum, providing both dynamism and asymmetry. The 9-acre site features a wrap-around sculptural berm of wild grasses. The berm helps protect the building without being oppressively defensive.

Inside, the lobby and cafeteria areas feature a green wall that helps create a soothing environment for stressful call takers. It also acts as a natural air filter, drawing toxins and improving overall indoor air quality. Designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification, the project’s other sustainable strategies include recycled building materials and reduced water use for irrigation.

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