San Francisco Passport Center transaction window modern bulletproof glass

Ballistic Barriers Reduce Barriers to Citizen Engagement

Municipal Buildings

Modern bullet resistant security systems in professional environments have largely done away with the dingy old liquor store bullet proof glass, with its steel talking-holes, squawking intercoms, and muffled sound. Modern systems are bright and custom fitted to your facility and daily work needs, blending into the building and environment.


Clark Energy Winchester

Peace-of-Mind for Rural Utility Offices

Bullet Resistant Barriers, Municipal Buildings

Many utility companies and service providers worry that added security will both bog down business and give the customers the impression that workers are trying to separate themselves from their clientele. Many companies do not realize that bullet resistant barrier systems have come a long way in term of design and aesthetics that allow them to blend seamlessly into the existing work environment.


Clark Energy Utility Office Bullet Resistant Barrier

Ideal Bullet Proof Barrier Systems for Utility Offices

General Security, Municipal Buildings

Every day, between 5,500 and 7,600 Americans are victims of workplace violence. Among the workers most at-risk according to OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) are those who interact directly with the public, handle cash or other payments, have to resolve complaints and disputes arising from overdue utility bills, or carry out enforcement duties (like cutting off a delinquent …


U.S. Land Port of Entry in Van Buren, Maine

Balancing Bulletproof Security and Design

Architect Info, Municipal Buildings

There is a recurring theme in the design and integration of bulletproof barriers into banks, schools and municipal buildings – the art of striking a fine balance between form and function, creating both a warm, inviting environment that is physically secure. In some situations, it does make sense to install an over-the-top ballistic barrier that truly makes itself known. And …


White House Security

Securing the White House

Municipal Buildings

Since construction completed on the White House in 1800, architectural renovations have been ongoing, from major construction projects such as the East and West Wings to less structural improvements such as the addition of a single-lane bowling alley or solar panels on the roof. While many of these renovations were undergone to expand the living and work spaces or personalize …


The White House Front Lawn

Designing the White House

Architect Info, Municipal Buildings

In the early 1790s, an architectural design competition was held for what would become one of the most prestigious and widely recognized buildings in the United States: The White House. Although, it wouldn’t officially be known by this iconic name until 1901. A total of nine proposals were received, but President Washington selected the design of an Irish architect named …


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.


City Police Station in Canberra

Intro to Bullet Resistant Barriers for Government Projects

Bullet Proof Glass, General Security, Municipal Buildings

Today, almost all “bullet proof glass” is made from solid or layered plastics (usually acrylic for lower-level installation, and layers of laminated polycarbonate and glass for situations requiring protection from blasts or higher calibers). Although some care has to be shown in cleaning these plastics, the advantages offered by modern thermoplastics—which transmit light better than comparable bullet-resistant glass products, are highly durable, and cost much less to fabricate and install—make it a clear winner for almost all government installation.


Items on a Wikipedian's office desk

Access Control and Bullet Resistant Systems for Business Continuity and Government Continuity of Operations Planning

Bullet Resistant Barriers, Municipal Buildings

In an emergency, most of us turn to our mobile phones first, to contact loved ones, call for help, or assess how a situation is developing. FEMA (the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency) notes that in recent years cell phones “have been an invaluable resource for disaster survivors.” They even specifically advise using Twitter in an emergency, both to communicate …