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”.
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.
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