Pennsylvania State Emergency Operations Center, PEMA

SG, in a joint venture with AECOM Technology Corporation (AECOM), completed a new, approximately 145,000 SF State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) serving as a home for many of the State’s emergency response functions. In addition to ensuring the supply of continuous power and communication that is necessary for the SEOC, the design team provided a building that is reinforced and secure for emergency staff. The new facility provides dedicated emergency services and disaster assistance for the state, with the ability to sustain uninterrupted operations during activations.

In addition to the SEOC, the facility provides ergonomically-designed office space for all PEMA administrative departments, as well as partner organizations and integrated functions such as the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Traffic Management. The complex also supports a Tier 3 data center, media briefing, training facilities, and protected storage for PEMA operations vehicles.

Design for this facility follows sustainability guidelines, as understood by the US Green Building Council’s LEED certification process. PEMA has set a goal of achieving a LEED certified rating.

All programming, planning and site master planning preceding the design portion of the project also was completed by Schradergroup/AECOM.


Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency


Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Project Type

New Facility

Size in SF

145,000 total SF

Construction Value

$46 million building and site budget with $14.5 million technology, AV and furniture

Year of Completion