I was excited to cut the ribbon with my colleagues Thursday, Sept 18 on the county’s new Regional Operations Center, or the ROC as we call it. The $64.5 million building was constructed with Measure K funds and will host the county’s 911 dispatchers, an emergency operations center and secure data center under one roof. The county’s Office of Emergency Services will also be housed in the new building. As chair of the Emergency Services Council, which oversees the OES and is a joint powers agreement with the county and its cities, I am confident this new facility and its workers will be more prepared than ever to face any emergency, whether it’s a wildfire, earthquake or flood.
It’s a huge boost for our dispatchers, who have been operating in the basement of the Hall of Justice building in Redwood City for nearly 40 years.
The ROC will serve as a hub for public safety responders during major catastrophic events. It will be able to withstand violent shaking from an earthquake and includes redundant electrical, mechanical, water and telecommunications systems. The building will also achieve a LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council and is the largest project funded to date by Measure K.
This is the first of several capital projects the county has undertaken in recent years. The county has committed more than $500 million toward an upgrade to the San Mateo Medical Center campus in San Mateo, a new animal shelter at Coyote Point and a new state-of-the-art county office building (COB3) in Redwood City that will serve county residents for generations to come.
David J. Canepa serves on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors representing District 5, which includes Brisbane.