Ribbon-cutting set for $64.5M Regional Operations Center

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday will celebrate the opening San Mateo County’s new $64.5 million, 37,000 square foot Regional Operations Center (ROC) at the County Governement Center Campus in Redwood City, across from the County parking garage.

The ceremony will occur at 4 p.m. and will be followed by guided tours of the ROC.

The new center will house the Office of Emergency Services and 911 dispatchers who are currently located in the basement of the Eisenhower-era Hall of Justice. It will also house a secure data center and will feature space for county departments and partner agencies when the Emergency Operations Center is activated.

The ROC will serve as the “go-to location for response and recovery from earthquakes, wildfires, tsunamis, terrorist incidents and other major emergencies,” according to the County.

Supported by Measure K tax dollars, the ROC features 345 columns sunk 40 feet into the ground for seismic support. It is designed to operate for up to seven days without PG&E-provided power or city-provided water.

The building will also be certified LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council.