As the name implies, this building was designed to withstand extreme conditions generated by either nature or man. The concrete frame building is clad with thick pre-cast concrete panels with few penetrations, creating a hardened shell exterior. Only the upper level is seen from the parking area while the lower level is recessed below ground elevation. Consequently, visitors enter though a glassed entrance at the upper level. This area is a 2–story public lobby for map sales and other public functions.

These public functions take place in the 72,500 square foot facility without interruption or penetration into the MEMA operational areas. The remainder of the building houses offices for the Emergency Operations Center, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Governor’s Command Center, and a media briefing room. Also included are emergency mechanical, power and communication facilities.

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