From Building Security: Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design
Terry L. Leach, AIA
Senior Security Specialist
DMJM System Solutions/DMJM Technology
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Effective security is not rocket science it's just a mind-set.
PETE BRAKE,CERTIFIED PROTECTION PROFESSIONAL (CPP)
Lead Technical Engineer, Electronic Security Center,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Alabama
Security design is not rocket science, but for most building owners, design professionals, and public officials, integrating the many pieces of the security puzzle remains an increasingly challenging and complex art, one that can be mastered with the proper guidance. Protecting people, buildings, and assets from risk and danger requires a sound methodology for achieving optimum security in any building type, whether publicly or privately owned.
Effective security relies on design and construction, passive and electronic systems, and operational policies and procedures put in place by building owners and managers. When integrated, the sum of the individual elements adds up to a comprehensive security system greater than any of the parts alone could provide.
Most federal government agencies have specific requirements, security methods, and systems tailored to meet their goals and missions at federal installations and facilities. These basic design requirements may be used as a guide by architects and engineers when designing facilities owned and operated by state and local governments requiring enhanced security, as well as for privately owned facilities and office buildings renting space, or hoping to rent space, to federal agencies or federal contractors requiring security clearance. The federal government has published standards and guidelines available to design and construction professionals seeking additional information.
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