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.

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.

Products & Services
General Contracting Services
General contracting services serve as a single point of responsibility for construction projects. These companies perform layout, scheduling, estimating, and sub-contracting activities. General contractors also complete the construction itself.
Facility Management Services
Facility management services perform building operations and maintenance, project management, subcontractor management, energy management, budget planning, commissioning and de-commissioning services for buildings and facilities.
Network Security Services
Network security services determine vulnerability of networks to outside intruders, as well as maintain anti-viral and firewall updates and usage.
Electric and Gas Utilities
Electric utilities and gas utilities supply electric power and/or natural gas or connect lines to industrial, commercial, and residential customers.
Security Guard Services
Security guard services provide and perform entrance and exit screening, personal and property security, emergency rescue and emergency management services, security patrols, and system monitoring. They may be armed or unarmed, stationary or mobile, and uniformed or non-uniformed.

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