Resilient Infrastructure​

Enhance services to the community by investing in County facilities and infrastructure; including roads, buildings, communications, and flood protection.

Goal 1, Objective 2

Adopt design standards for County office improvement projects to maximize opportunities for telework and incorporate revised workstation space standards.
In Progress

Updated: January 2024

Summary of objective implementation status (achievements or progress over last year; significant delays or issues, etc.)

The Board adopted a space standard of 170 square feet per person. With this standard, workspace will be equitably designed, and the reduced volume will require less heating, cooling and lighting. As we look forward to new construction projects, the smaller spaces equate to less materials used and a reduction in the associated carbon production.

Standards for County offices are anticipated to be developed and vetted in the design process for new facilities. It is anticipated that these parameters will be developed with the ability to apply design standards in other buildings, specifically existing County offices or leased office space.

A key component to the success of teleworking is accommodated by technology lead by Information Systems Department.  We are seeing new technology being rolled out to county offices that enhance collaboration between teleworking staff and on-site staff. One such technology is the hot desk system that is being piloted at 370 Administration Drive that facilitates the shared use of fully equipped workstations and their assignment. A workstation may be selected and reserved on check-in at the facility.   The same system offers virtual receptionist that provides flexibility of staff to cover reception through an interactive monitor.  This system is also a great solution for remote sites and allow reception to be covered from any location.

Smart conference rooms are being implemented that enhances the virtual presence of teleworking and on-site staff with video voice tracking, adapts to room conditions and seating positions, allows for wireless sharing of computer screens and digital whiteboards for inclusive collaboration.  ISD and PI are integral partners in facilitating telework solution and early coordination in required infrastructure is key to providing tools. 

Key milestone update (include relevant metrics, if applicable)

In January 2023, the Board of Supervisors approved the existing County Administration Center site as the tentative location for a new County Government Center, for purposes of conducting further analysis and other pre-project planning, feasibility, and development plan efforts. Included was the approval of 170 ft2 per full time employee as the general space standard.

Coordination and partnership update

This objective has direct impacts on the following other objectives:

  • CAR 3.2 Design or retrofit County facilities to be carbon neutral, zero waste and incorporate resilient construction techniques and materials.

Community, equity and climate update

The new County government center project will be approached with methodology to maximize service delivery to the community with a focus on equity and triple net zero practices to minimize environmental impact.

Funding narrative (If this objective received Strategic Plan funding in year 1 or year 2, please provide a status of expenditures to date.)

The County has adopted new financial policies to increase savings that could be used for new construction or a lease to purchase plan for an existing facility.