Heading into 2010, we all believe that security will remain a hot topic for business continuity and risk management teams.  However, in the post 9/11 world, there has been an increased concern for security within the design and construction industry.

Joan Goodchild, a contributing writer for Computerworld, recently addressed this growing concern in an article summarizing her interview with Barbara A. Nadel, FAIA, who specializes in building security, planning and design and is also the editor-in-chief of a publication released in 2004, titled “Building Security: Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design”.

BUILDING SECURITY: Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design

This handbook publication:

1. Illustrates how to assess and respond to threats from terrorism, natural disasters, emergencies, chemical and biological agents, crime, and workplace safety
2. Provides one-stop reference on security planning, design, technology, building operations, disaster response, recovery, and crisis management
3. Includes over 50 multidisciplinary contributors from over 30 professional firms, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations across the United States.

Generously illustrated with 600 photos, drawings, tables, and checklists, this comprehensive compendium addresses protection from terrorism, natural disasters, chemical and biological agents, crime, and workplace violence, along with thorough, detailed coverage of:
a. Lessons learned from benchmark events,
b. Planning and design of over 20 building types,
c. Historic preservation security guidelines,
d. Home and business disaster planning, response, and recovery,
e. Emergency management and facility procedures,
f. Protective structural design,
g. Mechanical, electrical, and fire protection design,
h. Chemical and biological protection,
i. Construction site emergency response guidelines,
j. Technology and security design,
k. Codes, standards, and security guidelines,
l. Liability exposure after September 11, 2001.

In this article, you can follow the events and issues that have moved security from an afterthought to where today security is a paramount concern for building design before ground is even broken.  Obviously recent terrorist activities have raised that flag of concern even more.

Terrorism around the world has made many governments sensitive to protecting their populations, infrastructure, and communities. Security is not an isolated issue. Every free, democratic country in the world is concerned about terrorism, and how to protect their assets. This can typically include critical infrastructure, such as roads and energy sources, and high-rise buildings, especially if there are global companies as tenants or owners. Governments and private companies must protect their people and property. It’s a global issue.

If your organization is just now visiting this critical element of security within its total 2010 risk assessment review or perhaps is updating an existing part of its present security assessment plan, then CLICK HERE to obtain additional information or ideas that you may want to be included in those plans.

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