Not Everyone Needs Protection from an AK-47

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“People end up with this impression that every crime in this country is committed with an assault rifle. Throughout 2015 the big news items included several major public shootings, a lot of protests, and big terrorist attacks in France and elsewhere. In the last six months we’ve seen a significant increase in people looking to go past the standard Level 3 barrier systems, asking for Level 4, 5, 6, and 7 protection. That’s a significant expense—and in every case so far, totally uncalled for.”
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From White Sandy Beaches to Ordinary Glass

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To achieve the highest quality glass in both transparency and color, it is necessary to use silica sand, comprised mostly of quartz. While white sand can be an indicator of the presence of silica, it could also be the result of tiny pieces of coral and other sea creatures. This is more common in many of the low-latitude beaches.
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Partnering with Architects to Make BulletProof Beautiful

Harris County Police Department Baker Jail

What a joy for architects to land a project they can sink their teeth into, finding that sweet spot between functionality and beauty. Unconventional materials, like bulletproof glass, can also be an exciting challenge to work with. But it’s frustrating to watch a project slip, your design distorted under the weight of missed schedules, unfulfilled
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School Resource Officers Are Fastest Growing Area of Law Enforcement

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The National Association of School Resource Officers has identified that school-based policing is the fastest growing area of law enforcement. The growth has likely stemmed from recent events, especially those involving active shooters.
However, not every school wants a cop on campus. Some feel that their presence highlights problems in the building, or gives students the wrong impression. Despite these ideas, more and more schools are researching and considering this added level of safety.
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Architects: Reduce Stress by Teaming Up with Bullet Proofing Consultants

Bullet Resistant Barriers

To hear architectural thought leaders tell it, the major problem facing architecture today is that of “soullessness”—in the words of award-winning AIA-fellow Travis Price: “It’s superficial. It’s mass produced. It’s empty.” That may be the case in the grand scheme of things, but for the architects Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards works with, the major
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Facility Managers Increase Revenue through Improved Security

Harris County Police Department Baker Jail

Facility Managers have a lot to worry about. On the one hand, you need to reduce costs while adding value to every property you manage. On the other, FMs must be diligent about maintenance and safety. Whether the building is a sports arena, a university dormitory, a library, or a light industrial office, the top priority remains
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Using Biometric Technologies For Access Control Solutions

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Biometric technology isn’t just for James Bond. In fact, it is already part of our daily lives. You’ve likely used it to sign into your iPhone with your thumbprint, or used the facial recognition feature on Facebook to tag your friends in a photo.  Today, a growing number of private and public organizations (including schools, banks, and businesses)
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Protecting Emergency Room Staff

Memorial Medical Center

Life safety is top of mind for any facility manager or administrator, and even more so for those in healthcare. Hospitals and clinics can be high risk workplaces that pose threats from needle sticks, slippery floors, heavy lifting, and disoriented patients. But hospitals are also an increasingly violent place to work, and this fact is taking its
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Hospital Architecture: Designing for Service and for Safety

Carolina Medical Center

Healthcare projects pose a unique, interlocking set of challenges for architects.  Some the challenges  include complex HVAC requirements, strict regulations and ongoing operational cost containment. These challenges are compounded by limited access to capital—which often falls short when it comes to executing the best engineering solutions. And that’s just the physical systems; the programmatic requirements and realities
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Designing Adaptable Security for Entertainment Venues

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From sports arenas to concert halls and convention centers, entertainment venues aren’t all fun and games—especially for the folks in charge of managing the building. These venues present unique challenges for facility managers, including: The constant flow of people through the building, often including new people who are unfamiliar with the facility Varying kinds of wear
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