California Office of Emergency Services Headquarters

Mather, CA

When disaster strikes in California, the California Office of Emergency Services Headquarters building must be functional as the State’s control center for strategic response. The facility supports all state, regional, and local disasters, emergencies and rescues as well as coordination with homeland security and relief agencies. This complex of three buildings and two communication towers was sited east of Sacramento in part to take advantage of the relative low risk of damage due to a seismic, wind, or flood event. The two story administration building is structurally separated but contiguous with a two story Regional Operations Center. The facility incorporated state of the art telecommunications, redundant support systems, and was designed to meet the Essential Services Act as implemented through the DSA review and inspection process.

Quick Facts

  • Size: 100,000 SF
  • Architect: Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture
  • Behind the ‘war room’ is a full media center where the Governor can address the public in a statewide emergency
  • Construction Cost: $22,000,000
  • Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
  • The entire parking lot is covered by a low frequency antenna that is similar to those used to communicate with submarines in case cellular systems are interrupted

Award

  • 2002 Savings By Design Energy Efficiency Integration Award

Photo credit: Richard Barnes