Facility Security ArchitectureTM/SM  

We strongly believe it is a new day for facility security and therefore we cannot continue doing business as usual.  Facility security needs to be more comprehensive and integrated to meet the current cultural conditions, ever-changing challenges and budget compatibility in a proactive manner.

In the past, facility security concerns were often just an afterthought to the architectural/building process and was often added at the end of construction.  There has never been a greater need and value to integrate facility security, life safety requirements and building code demands into an overall process in an efficient and effective way for today and into the future. We feel it is better to know all of the security needs and manage them systematically to be truly accountable.

“Security is not a standalone capability, it is a critical design consideration that should be constantly reviewed and scrutinized from design phase through construction or rehabilitation and into building use.” FEMA 428

We can help plan and integrate holistic and comprehensive security design into the total campus and facility security master plan in the same tried and true architectural approach that we have followed with all the other specialty needs (a/v, acoustics, ADA, fire prevention, IT, etc.)  These 'new' facility security aspects are part of the total project and fit into the typical program management process we have always followed.

“Mitigation measures are best conceived by the design professional and are best incorporated in the building architecture, building systems, and operational parameters with consideration for life cycle cost.” FEMA 428

We believe that a comprehensive, organized, and systematic security masterplan provides the most secure, cost effective, and responsible approach that can be taken. It contrasts greatly with the all too common reactionary and piecemeal approaches often employed in the past.


With the help of our expert security consultants, let us help you work through this critical and complicated process, meeting you were you are and helping you methodically reach your important facility security goals.


We can help proactively from the very beginning of the process: by arranging the pivotal Security Risk Assessments/Analyses, creating a security masterplan, preparing competitive bidding documents, participating in administering implementation and the commissioning processes.

  1. With the help of a knowledgeable advocate. DE|SL, begin to update and assess your existing Security Risk Assessment, if you already have one, and commission one if you don’t.

  2. Partner with a qualified architecture and consulting firm to help translate the assessment report into a graphic, and more quantifiable, master plan, ComPASS.

  3. In cooperation with the Security Consultant we will help evaluate the assessment and comprehensive graphic plan (ComPASS) to begin to identify the goals and priorities to be addresses in the short and long-term master-plan, in coordination with the current and future budgets.

  4. Based on the established priorities and master-plan, begin the implementation processes with selected operations plans, “construction documents” and bidding.

  5. If appropriate and approved begin the construction/installation process.

  6. Test and commission the system.

  7. Begin to schedule and plan for the next step in the long-range master-plan.

  8. In six months to a year, review and update the Assessment.

What action steps are recommended?


Until relatively recently, when the concept of facility security was contemplated, it usually focused on all the electronic technology such as cameras, alarms and metal detectors etc., however that limited view has become an outdated approach, due primarily to the current type of violent events.


There is now a critical need to consider the broader scope including security operations, training and response, as well as facility hardening and design. Doors, windows, walls, safe rooms, corridors and entry vestibules etc. are now important aspects to address and incorporate.


The traditional facility security solution of the past could be "easily" added after the fact, independently, yet the need and complexity of the comprehensive approach is best integrated and coordinated as early as possible in the building design or as a renovation project in a holistic design.


This new approach requires more involvement and coordination with the building, fire and life safety codes to avoid conflicts and violations, therefore demands the involvement of licensed architects.