A World Without Windows


The snow has finally melted and people are emerging from their homes to soak up the sun’s rays. It is estimated that from December through February, many U.S. cities experience gray, cloudy days more than 50% of the time leaving some people to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Insufficient exposure to sunlight can contribute to

Built-in Doesn’t Mean Locked-In: Maintaining Flexibility with Your School’s Bullet Resistant Barrier

Bulletproof Barrier

Facility managers are tasked with making the best possible choices to support security in their schools. One thing that makes this especially challenging is that school buildings are constantly changing: Each summer sees rooms re-assigned, renovations made, and entire areas of the building re-purposed. Committing to a custom bullet resistant barrier system may feel like

Shedding Light on LEED Schools and Ballistic Security

School Entryway

Schools are very excited about environmentally responsible “green” design–especially when it comes to new construction. Rainwater harvesting, solar water heating, recycled building materials, living roofs, locally-sourced materials, and properly siting the new building to best take advantage of natural heating and cooling effects will all be enthusiastically praised. So will the educational advantages of having

Texas Elementary School Partners with Total Security Solutions to Increase Security

bulletproof school barrier

The 2014-2015 school year marked a first for Northside Independent School District, located in San Antonio, Texas, as the students at its newest elementary, Bonnie Ellison Elementary, entered the building through a bullet-resistant glass security lobby. This project, completed by Joeris Construction in partnership with Total Security Solutions, is part of a nearly $8.28 million

Nature Could Hold the Key to the Future of Bulletproof Glass

Windowpane Oyster

Bulletproof glass found its origin in an accidental discovery, but some scientists believe we must look no further than nature to unlock the next stage in high-tech, bulletproof glass. Bullet Resistance in Nature Researchers at MIT have been analyzing the windowpane oyster whose shell is 99% ceramic and 80% transparent. They have observed its ability

Parochial School Retrofits Need a Sensible Security Solution

Higher Education Bulletproof Barrier

In the 21st Century parochial schools have an increasing need for heightened attention to security. Catholic, Islamic, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu and other minority religious groups know the sting of prejudice–and that this sting isn’t always limited to just unkind words. In 2013, 60% of religious hate crimes were anti-Jewish, and over the past half-decade an increasing

Integrated Security for Schools Means Controlling Access

Bulletproof Entryway

As you consider a bulletproof upgrade for your facility, keep the big picture in mind: An integrated security solution, at its heart, is about controlling access to the interior of the building–and controlling access is different from limiting access. Most of the time, schools need to allow people to come and go as freely as

Comprehensive School Security and “Roosevelt’s Law”

School Entrance

Roosevelt’s Law of Task Planning–“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have”–is a half-humorous adage that originated in MIT’s spacecraft design program. But it serves just as well for school administrators as it does for rocket sciences: Budgets being what they are, politics being what they are, and the world being what

Polycarbonate: A Versatile Material

rimless glasses_featured

When we talk polycarbonate, we typically mean bullet-resistant polycarbonate which has a variety of virtues including: a) UL protection levels 1-3; b) Standard abrasion resistant coating for durability; and c) Excellent resistance to forced entry. In fact, a sheet of polycarbonate can withstand an hour of beating with a sledgehammer before it breaks. However, polycarbonate has many other uses

Architects Take a Comprehensive Approach to School Safety

Bulletproof School Entryway

Schools looking at new construction projects are increasingly expecting architects to come to the project with a comprehensive approach to security. This takes different forms in different school settings. For example, while elementary schools are guarding against intruders, high school security officers are more preoccupied with their own students being a possible source of violence.