PROJECTS > CIVIC/ OFFICE Orange County Fire Training and Water Lab

Project Description /Overview

The OCWD, designed by RNL, took four years of planning and construction. Finished in late 2009, this new two story, steel frame, 39,000 sq ft facility is LEED certified and helps the chemists and technicians provide a high quality and reliable water supply. The project won Overall Top Project award as well as Civic/Public Works by California Construction in 2010.


Nabih Youssef Associates was the Structural Engineer of Record for this new emergency operations campus for the Orange County Fire Authority. The new campus consists of the following buildings:


911 Communications Center (Essential Service Building)
Public Services and Support Center
Fleet Services and Material Management Center
Training Center
Training Tower
Retail Services Building


The 911 Communications Center was base isolated using sliding rubber isolators. The client opted to implement the base isolation method since it provides unparalleled seismic protection for the structural systems, the critical non-structural elements and the occupants.
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