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March 12, 2013

Eight bids received for Emergency Operations Center expansion design

RICHMOND — The Madison Fiscal Court opened bids from eight architectural firms in a called meeting Tuesday for design of a $4 million, 13,000-square-foot expansion to the county’s Emergency Operations Center.

The expansion will nearly double the facility, said Judge-Executive Kent Clark.

The Emergency Management Agency has been working with public safety consulting company, Mission Critical, to put together a concept for the project. This same firm is helping to upgrade EOCs for neighboring counties, said Michael Bryant, director

of Madison County’s Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program and assistant EMA director.

The eight bids will be carefully examined before a recommendation is made to fiscal court, perhaps as early as it March 26 meeting, Bryant said.   

During the federally funded expansion, the emergency operations will move temporarily to Berea, he said.

The Berea Joint Information Center (JIC), located in the Dresser Building, and the Berea EOC, located in the basement of City Hall, are already backup centers in case the Richmond JIC and EOC are not operational, said Bryant, who expects they will occupy those locations for about a year.

The move in late summer or early fall, he said, “but we will still have a presence in Richmond.”

The EOC expansion is part of the preparations for destruction of chemical weapons being stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot.

The Army wants the organization to be in 24/7 operation mode by 2016 and moved into the expanded facility no later than 2015.

The funding for the project comes from Federal Emergency Management Agency, Bryant said.

The EOC on South Keeneland Drive in Richmond, houses “many different organizations all under one roof,” Bryant said.

In addition to the EMA’s 15 employees, the county fire department, rescue squad, coroner (along with a small morgue) also is stationed there.

A separate building next door houses the Joint Information Center (operated by the EMA) and the 911 call center that serves the county and both cities

When construction is complete, Bryant said, the 911 call center will be moved into the new expansion.

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