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Certification sought for New Regional Communication and Emergency Coordination Center
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The Metropolitan King County Council voted unanimously to honor the legacy of former Councilmember Kent Pullen by renaming the County’s New Regional Communication and Emergency Coordination Center (RCECC) in his honor. 
The 34,800-sq.-ft. Kent Pullen Center is home to the County’s Office of Emergency Management and the Sheriff’s Offfice Communications (911) Center. The center, composed of architectural concrete and structural steel with glass and metal storefronts, incorporates the latest advances in communications technology, combining fiber optics, radio, satellite and microwave technology.
The facility is designed to withstand and function during manmade or natural disasters and has redundant systems, including the ability to run for three days on backup power. Building security includes access control and closed circuit TV surveillance.
Concrete was an ideal material for the Center. Considered initially for its lateral-force resisting capabilities, it soon became a major architectural design component. Exposed natural color concrete forms became powerful expressive elements on the sloping end walls of the building and in the interior lobby and common areas.
Since this building houses the emergency communications and 911 functions for King County, the building had to survive both man-made and natural disasters and provide a supportive work environment for County staff. Inside, the concrete walls are the communication center with redundant systems in/case public supplied utilities are not available. With its durability and long life cycle cost benefits, cast-in-place structural concrete exterior walls made perfect sense.
This project is pursuing LEED certification, using natural colored concrete to help reduce cooling loads in the building. With its high efficiency building envelop, this building will use 25% less energy than the current Washington State Energy Code.
Project Team:
Owner/Developer: King County
Structural Engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
General Contractor: W.G. Clark Construction Co.
Architectural Firm: Hewitt Architects with Ross Drulis Cusenbery Architects
Concrete Contractor: W.G. Clark Construction Co.
Ready Mix Supplier: Miles Sand and Gravel