LAC Sheriff’s Department Emergency Vehicle Operations Center

Mission Critical assisted Sully-Miller Contracting and Lead Engineer KPFF as the pursuit manager for this Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Vehicle Operations Center (EVOC) Design-Build contract win. This $12M roadway and vertical construction project is one of two projects that the Mission Critical team has won with Sully-Miller Contracting.


The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) proposed a new, dedicated Emergency Vehicle Operations Center (EVOC) to replace the existing facility arrangement with the Pomona Fairgrounds. LASD has utilized the fairgrounds for 35 years, but the agreement requires that the fairgrounds are closed to LASD for several months of the year to accommodate events. LASD’s new facility will be constructed at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, CA and would be dedicated to the training of entry-level and in-service Department personnel in basic and advanced vehicle handling dynamics and evasive driving tactics.

The project will include a high-speed track with a pursuit track area, a skid pan for training personnel on operating vehicles in slippery road conditions, and a collision avoidance track to practice avoiding other vehicles or objects in emergencies. Additional scope items will include a training vehicle parking lot and a separate employee and class attendee parking lot, bioswales, landscaping, and the relocation of various utilities, including Southern California Edison power poles. LASD is interested in minimizing the project schedule and prioritizing sustainable design to support the Board’s Green Building/Sustainable Design Program. The LASD Board plans for the project to obtain an Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Envision Silver certification or higher and wishes for the final design and construction to incorporate sustainable features and maximize the use and reuse of sustainable and local resources.

Five regionally strong firms submitted the required prequalification questionnaires and all were prequalified to submit a Statement of Proposal. Three firms, including Sully-Miller, were shortlisted and invited to submit Technical and Cost Proposals. The technical and cost proposals were evaluated by the selection committee based on technical design and illustrated construction expertise, proposed delivery plans, price, life cycle costs, personnel and local hiring programs, design, and the proposed design-build team and personnel organization.

Technical Approach

The Phase 1 Statement of Qualifications presented a challenge for the team in the lack of shared previous experience between the Contractor and Lead Engineer, KPFF. As Proposal Managers, Mission Critical’s task was to find innovative solutions and strategies to the proposing team’s obstacles. In this case, we did so by focusing on the strengths of the project team and their unique capabilities. To further illustrate the team’s strength, we clearly outlined commonalities, including their shared experience and shared systems and processes that would make them excellent Design-Build partners as a streamlined, cohesive unit.

The Phase 2 Statement of Proposal included more details for the technical approach to this challenging and vital project. To better illustrate these technical components, Mission Critical used in-house designers to create accurate models that were utilized in both the proposal documents and the interview presentation.

The backbone of what made this procurement project a success was the weekly involvement in focus group meetings with both the Design and Construction teams. This allowed us to translate the Design-Build team’s innovations, best practices, and value engineering concepts into more than flat numbers—Mission Critical’s in-house modeling team worked collaboratively with KPFF to move 2D concepts into finished 3D photorealistic and wireframe models. This was key to visually representing the reasoning and value of each alternative and communicated the overall design vision more thoroughly to the procuring entity.

Mission Critical’s modeling, design and writing teams collaborated to produce a MicroSite for the project as part of the pursuit submission: . This website further illustrated site modeling which was incorporated into the Sully-Miller Statement of Proposal. This microsite was developed early for the team during the second stage of procurement as a resource to illustrate Sully-Miller and KPFF’s strength as a united and organized team to the selection committee.


This unique project pursuit with Sully-Miller allowed the Mission Critical team to demonstrate a broad spectrum of our capabilities and in-house resources, such as our modeling, graphic rendering, and website development, in addition to our proposal management, content strategy and development. Our joint efforts successfully positioned Sully-Miller as the best value Design-Build contractor to deliver this LASD EVOC project. We translated Sully-Miller’s expertise and experience into scorable proposals that met and exceeded LASD’s evaluation criteria and coached the interview team to confidently communicate their best practices, earning them this competitive win.

We are proud to have been a part of this pursuit and to have delivered such an outstanding submittal for this important project. Sully-Miller is slated to begin construction in 2018.

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