The project team behind the Security Command and Control Center has shown that when building a security facility, sustainability does not have to be left out.

Security Command and Control Center

The $14-million Security Command and Control Center is a 25,110-sq-ft, three-story project that supports the Port of Long Beach Security, Port of Los Angeles Security, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

The facility is a hub for the security forces and is linked to hundreds of security cameras throughout the port.

Initially, the project team sought LEED certification, but after construction the center earned LEED silver certification.

To achieve LEED silver, the project team used a number of sustainable practices including recycling more than 92% of the construction waste. Asphalt, for instance, was removed from the project site and sent to a nearby crushing facility and was returned to the site and used for a base.

The project team evaluated all submittals for products to be used within the building, to assure that adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and carpeting complied with allowable VOC levels.

The project team was able to earn additional LEED points for exceeding LEED criteria. For instance, more than 72% of the materials used on the center were manufactured within 500 mi of the project site.

Project Team

Owner: The Port of Long Beach
General Contractor: FTR International, Inc., Irvine
Architect/Structural/MEP Engineer: CH2M Hill/Lockwood Greene, Los Angeles
Civil Engineer: URS Corporation, Huntington Beach
Structural Steel Subcontractor: Bickerton Iron Works, Torrance