by Robert Klinedinst Jr., AIA

Building Operating Management 

May 18, 2006.

What do the words “major renovation” call to mind? A refurbished building façade? A chance to get rid of ancient chillers and boilers in a facility? A gala ribboncutting? In too many cases, security is one thing that doesn’t come to mind at the start of a project. That’s unfortunate because addressing security early in renovation or expansion planning is critical for deploying an effective strategy. Security measures and building systems that were designed a decade or more ago to provide maximum security generally are vulnerable. It is much easier to design a secure facility with intimate knowledge of the comings and goings of staff and visitors and interdepartmental workflows. That way it is possible to establish security zones and design accordingly. Read Full Article >