Queensland Emergency Operations Centre
Dr. Stephen Long
The Queensland Emergency Operations Centre at Kedron Park incorporates world’s best practice technology for the management of emergency communications and disaster coordination to the state.
Architectus created a complex that is simple, efficient and calming, ensuring the most ideal conditions for dealing with the needs and situations handled by centre staff on a daily basis.
The Centre is integrated with existing buildings on the site and is designed to create a ‘campus’ feel with landscaped courtyards situated between the complex’s operational buildings.
The courtyards feature generous timber decks that provide important recreational or ‘retreat’ spaces for staff away from the centre’s operational spaces. The choice of recycled hardwood for the timber screens of the decks is a strategy for sustainability that also provides for a calm and enclosed feel to these important break out spaces.
The design for the Centre makes more than effective provision for a highly technical and exacting brief while also providing humanised spaces appropriate to the look and feel of a subtropical environment of South East Queensland.
Designed to very high environmental standards, the QEOC has achieved 5 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 certification. The impact on the environment, both in terms of construction and long-life operation, was considered in every aspect of the project. Incorporated systems include full water recycling, on-site power generation, and several energy reduction initiatives.