One of the greatest challenges you face at every event.
Over the past 5 years there has been countless articles written, policies created and hastily implemented plans enacted. Our government has rushed to develop regulations while the private sector has struggled to make sense of what is coming out of Washington DC.
Let us begin by taking a look at the governing agencies. There is the General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Defense (DOD), and Department of State (DOS). These agencies are each charged with unique levels of force protection throughout the world. The GSA is charged with working with all federal buildings (court houses…), DOD is focusing on our military installations and the DOS is crossing over between both agencies.
The DOS has created the most visible levels of protection that is often referred to as a “K” rating. This “K” rating is the most stringent of all criteria and subsequently the most challenging to achieve and implement. This criteria is based on a fixed mass vehicle traveling at a predetermined velocity (30, 40 and 50 mph) that must be stopped within 1 meter of penetration from the leading edge of the barrier.
The implementation of a “K” rated system involves such items as fixed and moveable bollards, planters, wedge barriers, crash beams, sliding gates or other such items. All items are integrated to get the desired crash rating. To achieve full liability coverage these items need to be installed by licensed installers. As you can surmise this is the most secure and stringent of all requirements.
In reviewing other potential perimeter barrier systems we are faced with many viable options, unfortunately they have little to no architectural value and most are limited in functionality as well.
The key to the implementation of any perimeter security system is the determination of what your threat is and at what speed it is traveling. This is where the current “K” system can be utilized, and most often is over utilized – how likely is it that a truck can get up to 50 mph and have a direct path into your complex?
The kinetic (“K”) energy generated by most cars and light trucks is considerably less than that of a vehicle used to establish the current system. In these instances using less intimidating items will accomplish solid perimeter security, add to the enjoyment of your guests visit and not create extensive installation issues.
When the majority of your access points are pedestrian or light service the strategic placement of precast concrete planters and bollards is a common practice that enhances the appeal of your venue and with proper engineering can function as the required perimeter barrier.
Where do we go from here?
As evolution continues the architectural community is plying their talents to integrating perimeter security with the beauty and elegance of one of our most common building media’s – precast concrete.
The color options, design capabilities and durability accompanied by low cost make this the product of choice for facilities across the globe.
In the end we need to make sure that our guests and employee’s are safe – regardless of what is used.
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