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

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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.

Michigan’s Business Beat Highlights Total Security Solutions’ Success

Michigan Business Network

The team at TSS is very proud to announce that our CEO, Jim Richards, was invited back to the radio show Business Beat on December 11, 2014 to speak with host Chris Holman. Jim made his first visit to the show in 2012 after being selected as one of the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch”

Thoughtful Planning Needed for School Security

School Entryway

Over the past two years a number of “personal bullet proof shield” products have been heavily promoted as a low-cost school safety solution. These have ranged from “bullet proof” white boards and blankets to a variety of small fiberglass inserts intended to make any backpack or briefcase “bullet proof.” These products are generally made from

Architecture and Design for Today’s Schools: Secure and Inviting

Aluminum Door

Architects are increasingly asked to consider security—and especially ballistic security—when designing or renovating schools. And they’re rising to this challenge. Whether the project is for an elementary school or a university, and whether it is a retrofit or new construction, safe and cost-effective designs are emerging. That said, architects still find themselves hindered by low