Just 73 miles from Joplin, where deadly tornadoes devastated the community, the new facility was designed and constructed to withstand an EF-5 tornado. The building houses the 911 center, the county office of emergency management and an emergency operations center, from which as many as 70 federal, state and local agencies can coordinate and sustain 24/7 operations during a disaster.
TLC performed extensive analysis to optimize the design, including modifications to the structure and retaining wall. The design analysis was in compliance with the seismic design criteria, specifically resistance to seismic lateral loading criteria. The International Building Code (2009) was used as the applicable design criteria for the project.