finding the right bullet resistant protection means understanding the specific location and threat level

Getting Contractors the Right Bullet Resistant Barrier for their Clients

Bulletproof Protection

Today Total Security Solutions is a major nationwide bullet resistant barrier component manufacturer—but that wasn’t always the case.  TSS started out exclusively sub-contracting, supplying contractors and glaziers.  Although TSS does a great deal of “tier 1” direct client work now, roughly 60 percent of their business is still in subcontracting.  “We really value keeping that balance,”  TSS CEO Jim Richards …


United Way Youth Center

Being Proactive About Employee Safety

Bulletproof Protection

Crime can happen anywhere, making employee safety a top priority for many business owners. This past winter, a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting in front of the Delonis Center, an Ann Arbor, Michigan homeless shelter, served as a wake-up call for neighborhood business owners. The bullet hit the window of a nearby bus stop shelter, shattering the glass, before hitting the …


Tuscaloos County Sheriff's Office

Bullet Resistant Systems that Satisfy Government Clients

Architect Info, Bulletproof Protection, Municipal Buildings

Working so closely with government agencies has given the TSS design team a rare opportunity to hone their skills guiding government clients to the right system for their facility. As Bob George explains, “Many government clients come in saying hey, we want Level 8, we want the highest. We get that all the time, and then you have to talk them down. The fact is, we very rarely do anything above Level 5. Level 3 is realistic for most government barrier systems.


Bullet Resistant Frames

Premium Ballistic Frames Offer Huge Boosts in Sustainability and Multi-Threat Risk Mitigation

Bullet Resistant Materials, Bulletproof Protection

TSS’s thermally improved, Kevlar-reinforced bullet resistant exterior aluminum door and window frame system is calculated to optimize R value, given the needs of a bullet resistant materials. It offers bullet resistance up through UL Level 8, and can accommodate a wide variety of acrylic, polycarbonate, and laminated bullet resistant glazings. “It’s an enormous performance boost, in terms of energy, and ballistic—a true ‘best of both worlds’ scenario.”


bulletproof glass in profile

Not Everyone Needs Protection from an AK-47

Bullet Proof Glass, Bullet Resistant Barriers, Bulletproof Protection

“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.”


Harris County Police Department Baker Jail

Facility Managers Increase Revenue through Improved Security

Bullet Resistant Barriers, Bulletproof Protection

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 the same: life safety.  From …


Memorial Medical Center

Protecting Emergency Room Staff

Bullet Resistant Barriers, Bulletproof Protection, General Security

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 toll both on the people …


Carolina Medical Center

Hospital Architecture: Designing for Service and for Safety

Architect Info, Bullet Resistant Barriers, Bulletproof Protection, Pharmacy Security

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 of daily healthcare operations add …


rock concert stage

Designing Adaptable Security for Entertainment Venues

Bullet Resistant Barriers, Bulletproof Protection

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 and tear— from ripped carpeting …