• Not more expensive, but prioritized and budget compatible.

  • Not fitted out with every possible product available, but master-planned.

  • Not reactionary, but organized and thoughtful.

Comprehensive Security Design, what does that mean to you?

  • Comprehensive in evaluation and understanding.

  • Comprehensive in security preparation and master-planning.

  • Comprehensive in budget approach and regulatory compliance.

  • Comprehensive in prioritization and accountability.

  • Comprehensive through professional design & implementation.

You may need a Facility Security Design & Management Consultant now or in the future and don’t quite realize it yet!

The AIA, codes/guides/standards
(NFPA, ICC, ASTM, OSHA, etc.) laws, news and media are all talking about the need to address the Safety & Security (“Life Security”) of our families and organizations. This concern has been increasing for 20 years (since Columbine) and is beginning to come to the forefront of our concerns and we need to respond appropriately.
Like all
new concerns and dynamics there are understandable and necessary adjustments that need to be made; by users, designers and contractors. Unfortunately many participants are inexperienced, new to the need and/or operate inappropriately from their business as usual approach.
This is a
complex and important concern that requires a new, organized and completely professional approach, from vetting and managing the Comprehensive “Life Security” Vulnerability Assessors and Assessment to evaluating proposed implementations, providing prioritization, phasing and budget compatibilities. (NFPA, and other organizations have or will soon, require certified Assessors and Assessments.)
architects and engineers can and need to be pivotal in this process, in new and existing buildings, very few are up to the special task of Life Security themselves, any more than they are for other specialties such as MEP&S engineering, acoustics, pro audio-video and fire alarm etc.. Even with the recent emphasis and interest in CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), that is very closely related to architecture and site design, it only addresses a portion of the necessary subject matter and is not comprehensive.
Additionally I have found those in every area of the situation/industry to be inclined and tempted to approach the solutions from Business as Usual and a
DIY security design mentality, (a very risky business). Certainly, in the very beginning, this was essentially new to everyone and many began to develop their own solutions based on sometimes dubious information from the web or even biased vendors. Understandably this DIY thinking was something of a necessity back then, but 20 years later it no longer suffices. Not only does the importance and complexity of the matter merit greater diligence, including professionalism, accountability and liability, so do all the people that can be negatively affected.
In the past, architects and engineers that typically specialized in higher security related areas of work (Civic, Law Enforcement, Correctional, & Government etc. facilities), had their own expert consultants and team to assist in their work. Now that the concern has become more
mainstream, virtually every building type needs some level of Life Security expert consultation. It has become increasingly expected that OSHA regulations are being applied to workplace violence events pointing more and more to the direct responsibilities of all businesses to appropriately address their Life Security needs.
I am a highly experienced architect with the added expertise of Security Design and Management earned through extensive study, involvement and professional board certification,
Physical Security Professional (PSP) through the leading security organization in the world, the American Society for Industrial Security International (ASIS).
My philosophical approach to Life Security Design and Management is to promote a comprehensive evaluation and understanding of the unique facility and organization and then map out a budget compatible phased plan for implementation using a master-plan. I feel strongly that
we can do better and save money at the same time employing this concept and utilizing the tried and true professional approach we regularly depend on. As an architect I am always concerned about the aesthetics and social/environmental impact different implementations can make.
Please consider contacting me today to discuss this matter or at a point in the near future when the need arises, so we can see how we can assist your team in a minor or major way.

BTW: We have established an open consortium (CSDC) for the purpose of promoting excellence in security through comprehensive security design education (Comprehensive Security Design Consortium). You are invited to attend our next public meeting on Tuesday October 22 at G&W Engineering from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM  (138 Weldon Pkwy, Maryland Heights, MO 63043). Please let me know if you tentatively plan to attend. The presentation will be on one of the comprehensive security needs important to us all as individuals, that of learning to be prepared to respond to violent workplace threats and is entitled "Beyond Run, Hide, Fight: Workplace Violence Preparedness Training That Fits Your Organization". I found it to be very enlightening and practical.

A typical security consultant project could progress like this:

  1. Initial meetings with internal team to identify general concerns and scope.

  2. Meetings with prime stakeholders to determine project specifics, goals and approaches.

  3. Begin process of recruiting and vetting certified assessors and security specialist for competitive RFP creation.

    1. Create project scope, schedule and specifics and RFP.

    2. Publish and manage the RFP process.

    3. Receive, evaluate and consider proposals.

    4. Evaluate and recommend best provider and manage contract creation and authorization process.

    5. Manage assessment process.

  4. Review and evaluate assessment, and if needed require revisions and resubmittal.

  5. Prepare ComPASS drawing based on final assessment (Comprehensive Preliminary Architectural Security Study---floor plans)

  6. Co-present and review assessment and ComPASS with team, and process comments.

  7. Provide recommendations for scoping, priorities and phasing.

  8. Upon approval, assist architect & engineer* in preparing contract documents and/or budget estimates.

  9. Assist in securing appropriate bidding contractors and installers.

  10. Review CDs and assist in commissioning activities.

*Most people in the business and out, are surprised when they hear that the security technology and requirements of schools (for example) can involve as many as 36+ individual security technologies. Some are and have become obvious and some are new and lesser known. (From camera analytics, to emergency radio amplifiers, to integrated voice & multi-hazard warning emergency alarm systems, and video connected door a
Note: I can provide consulting services hourly or by project to assist in providing security project design & management.


  1. AIA: Regardless, the first step to determine potential threats and vulnerabilities for any building or site is a risk assessment.  Security consultants, who may also be former law enforcement or military officers, often conduct these assessments. Their recommendations may involve architectural and landscape design elements as well as technology and facility operations. By Mimi Kirk for AIA Architect

  2. NFPA: NFPA 730 Guide for Premises Security, and NFPA 3000 Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program

  3. CPTED: Security design and access control is more than bars on windows, a security guard booth, a camera, or a wall. Crime prevention involves the systematic integration of design, technology, and operation for the protection of three critical assets-people, information, and property. Protection of these assets is a concern and should be considered throughout the design and construction process. [by the National Institute of Building Sciences, Excerpted from the 12th Edition of Architectural Graphic Standards

  4.  DIY Security Design: “The typical approach to security concerns by organizations in the past was for them to be aware of possible threats, provide a safe environment as best they could and rely heavily on a little help from their friends in law enforcement. Despite widely publicized, intense security issues in targeted violence scenarios, little has changed in the approach at the local level. Staff training is provided, and incremental physical improvements are made with the hope that they will be effective. Unfortunately, this well-meaning, hands-on approach is inadequate for such critical needs, but it is still the norm due to many factors.    The reality of both random and targeted violence in schools, businesses, entertainment venues, and houses of worship in the United States is undeniable. Sometimes denial gives way to a resolve to “do something about it.” Inadequate security budgets and in-house resources are stretched. Reactionary thinkers offer unproven tactics. Familiar vendors push trending safety products to facility managers. Law enforcement and volunteer groups are directed to “do their best” even though they are not properly trained, educated or experienced. The DIY security solution is launched on a wing and a prayer.”

  5. OSHA: “Under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that is “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” 

DE|SL Lindenwood University LARC Library "The Grove" community and collaboration space, DE|SL LLC
Lindenwood University - LARC
Library & Academic Resources Center
DE|SL Lindenwood University LARC Library community meeting and collaboration space. DE|SL LLC
Grace Church St. Louis, cross monument and fountain feature and prayer garden, DE|SL LLC

The LARC houses the Library, Theatre, Cafe and multiple resource departments to enhance the university experience. The building is designed to embrace and promote collaboration and learning on many levels.*

Grace Church STL

Grace Church Saint Louis is an institution in the area. We have partnered with them in support of their growth and evolving facility needs for two decades.*

Themed Spaces

Theming kids spaces is a growing trend with many churches to attract and maintain the next generation of church going families.  We create 'out of the box' spaces that inspire and communicate to children and adults alike.*

Third Spaces Element Church Wentzville Missouri fireside gathering space. DE|SL LLC
DE|SL LLC Grace Church St. Louis GraceKid's Biblically themed hallway. DE|SL LLC
Element Church

Element Church is a dynamic organization, their growth has tripled in the last few years and indicates significant impact in the area.*



St. Dominic High School

St. Dominic High School in O'Fallon, Missouri is a vibrant and enduring institution providing quality education in the region.  The recent addition of their Performing Arts Center and Gymnasium wonderfully support their mission.*


DE|SL Bank of Old Monroe Operations Center entrance and window wall. DE|SL LLC
St. Dominic High School Gym & Performaing Arts Center main entrance. DE|SL LLC
Bank of Old Monroe

The banking industry is adaptive, and changing with the times and the communities they serve.*

*Dennis Elledge and Suzanne Lercel managed and designed this project for LePique & Orne Architects, Inc. 


Comprehensive Security Design Company



929 Fee Fee Road

Suite 101

Saint Louis, MO 63043

314 637 9996




DE 314 620 4375

Our entrance is on the west side of the building facing the Westport Plaza Gold Tower.

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