Emergency Management Facility

WA Emergency Management Facility

Emergency Management Division Requires Flexibility at a Moments Notice

Canadian geese walk across the grass. Mount Rainier stands off in the distance. This place is so peaceful and serene. But when there's a crisis situation or "activation" (earthquake, avalanche, fire, flooding, nuclear accident, etc.) anywhere within the state of Washington this building becomes the nerve center to make things right again.

The Washington Emergency Management Division (EMD) building is a state-of-the-art Emergency Government Operations Center. It is one of the best equipped buildings of this type in the United States, and in the world. "We are a showcase for other states emergency operations centers that are looking to upgrade, remodel or build new," according to Ron Crooks, Facility Manager. For instance, the building can house up to 230 individuals when a crisis situation occurs, and is built on special "shock absorbers" that can withstand the force of a strong earthquake. It is equipped with advanced communications equipment, high tech audio/visual gear and the latest in computer hardware and software.

CI worked closely with EMD staff to select furniture that could integrate this high tech gear into a flexible and functional workspace. "Flexibility, cost and ergonomics were the factors that lead us to choose System XXI and FlexStation for our new building," said Don Stoll, Emergency Management Program Coordinator. By utilizing FlexStation, special worker requirements could be taken into account. Duty officers man the phones 24/7 and required adjustable work surfaces, but in the Situation room they needed temporary work surfaces - both requirements were met with FlexStation free standing systems. "Our staff is very pleased with the fact that they can customize and re-configure their workstations," said Don Stoll.

In addition to the system furniture, CI provided various task chairs and files and storage options throughout the two story building. The selected fabrics complimented the system furniture's maple laminate and trim, giving the entire building a highly polished and professional appearance. When an event arises, The Washington Emergency Management Division will be ready at a moments notice.

  • Switch folding tables were paired with Alta seating in the kitchen/cafeteria area. Both can be stashed away when not in use.
  • This work area features modular FlexStation worksurfaces with System XXI panels - creating a personal space for staff.
  • Peninsula worksurfaces offer additional meeting space for visitors or can be used as a shared worksurface for team cubicles.
  • The Situation Room at the Emergency Management Department is always having to adapt at a moments notice, making FlexStation freestanding desk systems an ideal fit.

Switch folding tables were paired with Alta seating in the kitchen/cafeteria area. Both can be stashed away when not in use.


"Our staff is very pleased with the fact that they can customize and re-configure their workstations."

— Don Stoll
Program Coordinator