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Sandy Recovery Aided By Firm's New Construction

Parsippany's Hollister Construction Services is behind a structure that served as an emergency command center in the aftermath of the superstorm.

Hollister Construction Services, a full-service construction management company based in Parsippany, recently completed construction of SecureWatch 24’s state of the art fusion center in Moonachie. The building quickly proved itself useful to the region as an emergency command center—it was recently used to lead recovery efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

The facility, according to Hollister officials, was inaugurated during Sandy as a central command post for first responders after local municipal, fire department and police buildings were damaged by the devastating storm.

The bunker-like facility, which was completed in October, opened immediately after the storm to local and regional authorities, who made use of its sophisticated mobile technologies to dispatch emergency response personnel.

“We are deeply gratified to have participated in building this extraordinary facility, which so quickly became critical to maintaining the region’s emergency response infrastructure,” said Hollister President Kieran D. Flanagan.

SecureWatch 24, which occupies the Moonachie building, is a commercial and residential real estate security company that offers technology, experienced law-enforcement personnel, and other specialized security services.

The fusion center, designed by Arcari + Iovino Architects, included the new construction of  a 100-screen video wall, a research and development room, and a 24-hour emergency call center that operates on dual fuel generators with emergency battery backups. Built to withstand natural disasters as well as terrorist attacks, fusion centers are important to preparedness planning under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security.

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