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New NEOC building to set blueprint for region to follow!

Deputy Governor David Archer, Jr.

The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) building is expected to be the first of its kind in the Caribbean with capabilities of withstanding hurricane-force winds while remaining functional both during and immediately after such a disaster.

This is according to the Director of Projects in the Ministry of Finance Dr Drexel Glasgow, who made the disclosure during Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the 24-month long project.

He said: “This building is expected to be the first of its kind in the region that combines resilience, sustainability and smart concepts, in a facility that is expected to allow the core of government to continue and function during and immediately after a passage of an event.”

Building to set the blueprint for many to follow

Also sharing a similar sentiment was Deputy Governor David Archer Jr who said the NEOC building will set the foundation on how many other buildings in the region and the territory should follow.

“This new National Emergency Operations Centre will be safe, will be healthy, will be resilient and it will set the foundation for many buildings throughout the world — not just in the Caribbean — of simply how to do it right,” he stated.

“The building will be strong, resilient and will add to a number of the public estates that we want to ensure meet global and international standards. The design that you will see for this building was not just simply thought through … and this design is built to international, recognizable standards and the new international building code of 2021,” Archer explained.

Energy and environmental design

The deputy governor further outlined some of the key aspects of the design which he says will be environmentally friendly.

“The building will include devices that will support energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor quality, good stewardship and resources, and of course being extremely sensitive to the environment,” he stated.

According to Archer, the standards from the new NEOC building will follow suit for all the other new government buildings including the Halls of Justice and the new Royal Virgin Islands Police Force headquarters. 

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  1. Hmmmm says:

    Sounds expensive…. why not just build a cement bunker in the hill? simple effective? generator, independent communication incl FM radio to broadcast to the people. Why we got to reinvent something and be a new standard… just do what works?
    How about reinforcing all the community centres so people got places to go if they loss their homes..

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    • Seriously says:

      Have any of you dummies considered visiting Florida and looking at their Emergency Management Facilities? You all sound like you reinvented the wheel when you don’t even know what a wheel is. Facilities like this are not supposed to withstand hurricane force winds. They are designed to withstand Tornado winds which are approx 100 mph stronger than hurricanes. That’s why the design is foolish and expensive. The building should have 2-3 foot thick walls and roof of concrete and no windows. You all just think you so smart while the world laughs at you.

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  2. Arrow says:

    Building to set the blueprint for many to follow.
    On not how to spend that big set of money you mean??

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  3. Rubber Duck says:

    People have been building hurricane proof buildings in BVI for generations. Those that survived Irma with hip roofs, ring beams and the like showed that. Concrete slabs designed by architects with no clue about our environment did not do so well.

    Can we please have some cohesive plan as to what our buildings should look like. Too many inappropriate monstrosities ( the government administration centre for example ) have been thrown up. Road Town and the north shore estates look like a hotch potch of bad taste and inappropriate design in some areas.

  4. Rankin says:

    If you want the highest standards of a building that can hold up to the most severe devastating impact during a disaster. Take a trip here to the Cayman 🇰🇾 Islands. Can give you a tour of the One Technology Square Building. We set the standards over 20 years ago.

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  5. WEW says:

    High profile, lots of glass yeah right so tird world.

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  7. 1st district says:

    There we go again, just like the words in the territorial song. Show shelf till Erma come and expose our rear end

  8. BuzzBvi says:

    Is it designed by kids just out of college on the job creation program. At first I was thinking that may be a bad thing but…second thoughts, we need new blood in just about everything and most school kids will do a better job in almost every department I can think of.

  9. Reader says:

    Not new to the region. Learn what is happening in the Nature Isle

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