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.
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.