Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania EMS Director Joseph Schmider, and other state and local officials broke ground today for the new Cetronia Ambulance and Lehigh County Joint Operations and Medico-Legal Forensics Center.
The approximately $8 million, 68,000 square-foot center will house the Cetronia Ambulance Corps and Lehigh County’s emergency and forensics operations. It will be built on open land at Broadway and Parkway Roads in South Whitehall and is tentatively scheduled to open spring, 2014.
Funds for the construction cost are primarily being born by the Cetronia Ambulance Corps via fundraising, loans, and a $1.75 million grant through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Service Electric Cable and the family of the late John E. Walson, former president and CEO, made a significant donation; the communications center in the facility will be named in his honor.
In his remarks, Governor Corbett said the facility is a symbol of how state, county, and local government can work together to provide for public safety, a core function of government.
Other officials attending the event included Pennsylvania Senator Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton counties; State Representative Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh counties; Cetronia CEO Larry Wiersch, and Thomas Muller, Lehigh County Director of Administration.
Cetronia Ambulance Corps is a non-profit organization, completely supported by donations, user fees and grants. To donate, please visit http://www.cetronia.org .
Client: Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Lehigh County
Project architect: Spillman Farmer Architects
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