With the rise and demand from the Department of Homeland Security and for compliance with emergency operations procedures, Cerritos College is proud to announce the December 2011 opening of their new Facilities, Purchasing and Emergency Operations Center on its Norwalk, California Campus. This opening is an integral part of their “Campus Wide Master Plan” currently under development.

The new “greenfield” construction of the Facilities, Purchasing and Emergency Operations Center project is described as an important part of the look towards the future by Cerritos College for not only their student and facility, but also for the benefit to their neighbors in the local community. PlanNet, working in conjunction with the Facilities, Information Technology and Audio Visual departments along with the facility, administration and law enforcement divisions of the Campus, coordinated their efforts with the Campus Project Management Company, Tilden-Coil, to develop the design for the new facility. PlanNet also completed the “Construction Administration” phase for the communication and AV installation.

Within the Facilities and Purchasing building is a fully functional Emergency Operation Center (EOC) designed to support all of the necessary functions for police, fire and other first responder as a “hot site” during any natural disaster or emergency event that might occur. The center includes multiple large format flat panel displays in addition to other multiple state of the art Audio Visual infrastructures.

PlanNet’s expertise, in the development of EOC Facilities, including design and specification of emergency power, emergency cooling, communication tower construction for wireless backup communication systems, and how they intertwine into existing infrastructure made this project a complete success.