SOM Completes PSAC II Cube in the Bronx

The elevated design features minimal openings along the facade for security purposes. All images courtesy Albert Vecerka/SOM.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has completed work on a new facility in the Bronx, New York, designed to improve the city’s 911 emergency response network. The Public Safety Answering Center (PSAC II) is housed within a cube that accommodates numerous city agencies including the police and fire departments as well as emergency medical services.

Images courtesy Albert Vecerka/SOM.

Situated across a nine-acre site, the 450,000-square-foot cube sits upon a grassy berm and features a serrated, textured facade crafted using recycled aluminum. A departure from some of SOM’s most prominent works, the design includes few windows to reduce security woes. A paved walkway provides access to the lobby via an attached, low-lying volume.

Images courtesy Albert Vecerka/SOM.

The soothing interior design includes rustic oak, a neutral color palette, and a plant wall along its main corridor to compensate for minimal fresh air. Glazed walls also infuse spaces with natural light.