ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Emergency responders and public safety officers in Orange County are getting a brand-new state-of-the-art facility.

On Tuesday, May 14, the county held an official groundbreaking ceremony for the building.

The 34,000 square-foot space will house the 911 center, administrative staff of the fire and rescue department, and the entire sheriff's office.

“It will absolutely help the staff because, once again, they're working in a little more than a broom closet currently and it is overstuffed with electronics and monitors and people,” Jim Crozier, the Orange County District 4 supervisor, said.

“An improved work environment helps us to attract and retain the right candidates for the job,” Domonique Curry, the Orange County Emergency Communications Center director, said. “The work of an emergency communications officer is very stressful, it is sacrificial work and it is a work of service.”

The board of supervisors has been working on this initiative for more than five years.

The $13 million project is expected to be fully operational beginning in September 2020.