GPS is pleased to announce its work with Defense Realty LLC and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Terrorism Task Force to facilitate regional planning and consolidation with the development of a multi-county, tri-state regional intelligence fusion center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. GPS is coordinating the $10 million build-out of space at the former Philadelphia Army Quartermaster Depot, a 1,000,000 square foot, 23 acre facility in south Philadelphia on behalf of the developer.
The new fusion center will support and enhance the activities of the numerous investigative and operational bodies functioning in the tri-state region. The Center will be a cutting edge information and intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination facility to support the operations of the constituent agencies including the Philadelphia Police Department, US Coast Guard, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and others.
GPS is managing construction activities to precise specifications, including unique security measures designed to meet counter-terrorism requirements. Development in line with historic preservation requirements in a manner that blends the authentic character of the historic property with the amenities necessary to support modern office uses is required.
GPS executives previously developed Department of Homeland Security properties in Anniston, Alabama at the National Center for Domestic Preparedness. The National Center is one of the nation’s first lines of defense against terror activities in the United States, training emergency first responders to weapons of mass destruction contingency including chemical and biological attacks. Today, the Center employs approximately 1,000 people with an approximate $80 million annual budget.