Case Study

Snohomish County Emergency Operations Center

Washington’s Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management is in the business of predicting, preparing for, and responding to not only environmental disaster situations, but also accident, crime, or terror incidents. This planning for the unknown requires engineering design support that is both flexible and incredibly durable, so when the county decided to convert an existing warehouse into the new county Emergency Operations Center (EOC), they turned to Salas O’Brien for help. Our team met all of the project’s unique critical technology and infrastructure needs, including designs for structural upgrades, the addition of a new data center, and construction of a new 150-foot antenna tower.

EOCs provide a place for decision-makers to converge, assess unfolding situations, and coordinate responses across the necessary platforms. Communications, infrastructure, and operating systems are key. Our team’s design emphasized versatile usability as well as faultless reliability for critical systems.

Part of the old warehouse space was converted into a new data center housing the EOC’s network and communications equipment, and extensive structural upgrades were made to bring the building up to immediate occupancy standard. The finished facility has a state-of-the-art, 2,600-square-foot operations center, a new media briefing room, and approximately 2,500 square feet of office space.


Everett, Washington

Construction Cost:
$6 Million

Project Size:
15,040 Square Feet

Mechanical, Electrical, Structural and Civil Engineering, Architectural, and Commissioning

Services Provided:

  • Lighting Design
  • Fire Alarm/Monitoring
  • Fire Suppression FM200
  • Security System Design
  • Project and Construction Management