Emergency response facility as a catalyst for change
Valenta, Steven James
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Thesis Statement: Architecture can be a tool to educate people on social issues, it con be used as a catalyst to promote new ideas, and instigate actions from the general populous. In this instance, it can show that through the use of new Ideas and technologies, people can be safe in a devastating hurricane without having to evacuate. Facility Statement: The project is an Emergency Response Facillly in New Hanover County, North Carolina, It will function as a four company fire station most of the time, it will have approximately 60 employees in 24,000 SF of space. The New Hanover County area has the distinction of having been hit by more devastating hurricanes than anywhere else In the United States, Surprisingly enough though, the region does not hove a single facility to help in search and rescue missions after one of ttiese monster storms. / r The prime directive is to make this facility functional at ALL times, even if just about every other structure has been destroyed. In order to achieve this goal, it is necessary to implement some new ideas about how to construct hurricane resistant buildings, which will act as a catalyst to educate the industry on hurricane design, This is the reason that this facility is not only an Emergency Response Facility, but also a set of government offices on disaster research. In creating a single building for the policy makers and the policy enforcers, it is believed that the public will more easily see the progress being made in disaster research, specifically hurricane resistant design. Context Statement: The contextual response should be to minimize the effects of a hurricane on the facility itself, The building should also be easily distinguished from the other buildings in the area by articulating the technologies that drive the design.