Urbahn designed two “C3 Centers” for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’ Police System Safety Unit. The primary facility, located in Queens, includes a monitoring center, operations theatre, dispatch theatre, situation room, radio transmission systems, training facilities, crew support and emergency vehicle storage. The facility is designed in accordance with FEMA guidelines: the structure is designed to withstand progressive collapse; the exterior envelope employs blast-resistant assemblies; the building is surrounded by a buffer yard protected by a knee wall of concrete and bollards; and redundancy is built into all critical mechanical and electrical systems. The back-up unit, located on Staten Island, is a scaled down version with many of the same features.
To accommodate an aggressive construction and technology fit-out schedule, the projects were executed on a Design-Build basis.