Critical facilities design requires technical expertise and a heightened sensitivity to problems posed by events as well as close coordination with the operators to ensure the design enhances their operational effectiveness.
BPA Ross Maintenance HQ
This SW Washington facility is the base for BPA regional transmission line and substation maintenance crews, substation operators, power system control technicians, and field engineers. The seven-acre site includes an office building and maintenance building for storage of vehicles and equipment. The design enhances cooperation between field crews and engineering staff and the LEED certified project achieves net zero energy use.
“I was impressed by the thoroughness of the Soderstrom team and their commitment in seeing the job through to completion without additional design fees. Soderstrom delivered a great project while helping us to stay within budget. I would recommend them to other owners with similar projects.”
Christina Vinson, Project Manager – Design & Construction, OSU
“From the beginning of the project, Soderstrom listened to what the community, elected officials, and the firefighters wanted. They then designed a beautiful, functional, and efficient fire station that will meet the needs of the community and firefighters for decades to come. Specifically, Associate Principal Architect Erica Jankowski was an excellent partner in the project. She was extremely knowledgeable, timely, and creative but what stood out the most was her focus on delivering a high level of customer service to all the parties involved in the project..”
Shane Wooten, Fire Chief, Albany Fire Department
Minutes count. Fire stations have to enable the right mix of crews and equipment to leave the station as quickly as possible. Between events, the crews and equipment must be kept in top working order.
• Resilience for instant recovery after major events
• Rapid and safe equipment assembly and vehicle exiting
• Interior layout synchronized with how the crew is organized.
• Comfortable, stress-reducing crew quarters
• Exterior design that fits the community
Water and power are essential to modern life. Utility operations and maintenance facilities must be extremely resilient, able to quickly field repair crews after any major event, along with operating effectively before events.
• Resilient to the point of independence of grid-connected systems
• Reflective of community design preferences
• Safe site circulation for work vehicles and bulk material handling
• Integration of engineering and field crews
Public works departments and universities need support facilities to keep their infrastructure running. Repair shops and parts warehouses provide the ability to rapidly repair or replace components of infrastructure. Data centers and control centers provide the digital infrastructure to maintain continuity of operations.
• Resilience for immediate recovery and operation after major environmental events such as fire, floods or earthquakes
• Safe storage and circulation of maintenance vehicles
Medical facilities are the most critical of all. Human lives depend on them to restore health either in an immediate situation of injury or trauma or in a longer time frame with disease or chronic conditions.
• Efficiency of operation for rapid response to patients in crisis
• Infection control
• Applied environmental psychology to accelerate healing
• Trauma-informed design
Design Team Members
Our team excels at designing essential facilities that need to remain operational following significant seismic, wildfire, and emergency events. We balance complex technical understanding with a community-driven approach to design.
Erica JankowskiAssociate Principal
Eric TalbotAssociate Principal