Hennepin County will be erecting a brand new state of the art 50,000 square-foot 911 Emergency Call Center in the coming year.
Last month, the new Emergency Communications Facility had its groundbreaking ceremony. Surprisingly, the temperature was not brutal making the event that much more enjoyable. Plus, it’s already hard enough to dig into freezing ground.
Plymouth, MN, near the adult corrections facility, was the ceremonious location and the future location of the Emergency Communications Facility. The facility is projected to reach completion in late 2014.
The project is budgeted at $33.7 million, a much needed upgrade from the current facility in Golden Valley. The building was constructed in 1948; it lacks the ability to properly keep up with constantly updating technology and the necessary means to protect the expensive equipment housed there. The facility currently serves 23 law enforcement departments, 20 fire departments, and a total of 37 communities.
At the groundbreaking event with ceremonious shovels in hand were Hennepin County Commissioners Jan Callison, Linda Higgins, and Jeff Johnson as well as Hennepin County Administrator David Hough. Following the spade piercing soil were words from Hennepin County Sheriff Rick Stanek and Plymouth Mayor Kelli Slavik. Clearly this building means a lot to the community with so many in authority represented.
This new facility will improve the services provided to the community by law enforcement and help improve the process of getting fire and police where they are needed. The good news is welcomed with relief by those in the community knowing their 911 Emergency Call Facility will be built in and ready for this century.