Building design can never afford to neglect security.
BPS regularly works with engineers and architects to ensure the security industry’s best practices are in place to protect your building and all the assets it covers.
Let our security professionals deliver the training materials all your stakeholder groups can access – and implement. BPS can help with your key security training efforts, including:
- Security system design, integration and installation
- Security threat, risk and vulnerability assessments done at the programming phase of the work
- Document and specification review
Ask The Security Expert
BPS President and Certified Security Consultant Frank Pisciotta is ready to point you in the right direction. With over 3 decades of experience in security consulting, Frank has helped thousands of corporations, manufacturers, governments and healthcare facility managers keep their people and products safe.
Frank will personally respond to your questions within 24 hours. Ask The Expert and start Eliminating Crime Before It Happens.
Expert Building Security Consultants
Do you have an engineering or architecture project with complex security requirements?
It is not going to be enough to hand this work scope off to a low voltage engineer. Implementing security is more complex today than your typical mechanical/electrical/plumbing-type service can handle alone.
A qualified security consultant can:
- identify risks early in the programming phase of work
- set requirements which can take the guesswork out of security early in the project
- ensure consistent coordination throughout a project
No one can afford to have security concerns emerge in the middle of a project. That lack of planning can disrupt the work of other related trades (e.g., electrical, door hardware, network) in later phases of design.
Engaging a security consultant while incurring a fee to the project will ensure that both the architect and the owner will be afforded the full array of security solutions. That is a benefit not typically provided when a single vendor or manufacturer is engaged. You get what you pay for.
Make sure you get what you need. Contact BPS today.
Building Security Design
BPS can add strategic security resources to your design project.
By including our security risk assessment in your job, you make sure to clarify acceptable levels of risk, review cost-effective security measures, and identify any trade-offs your security choices will have on the design, construction, and use of the building.
We pay close attention to crime prevention through environmental design, or CPTED. CPTED can help reduce vulnerabilities while at the same time promoting positive perceptions as well as actions. Our experts know how to impact people’s behavior with key concepts:
- access control
- natural and technical surveillance
- physical design
As with all our security practices, BPS stays up-to-date on CPTED best practices. Let us help you make the most of your design and add CPTED to your project. Contact us.
Security System Implementation Coordination
Let us manage the security side of vendor selection and oversight. We can coordinate to make sure your security needs are met with a variety of vendors, including:
- door hardware
Our construction administration services include specification review, commissioning, and close-out. We know where vendors sometimes overlook critical installation details. Let us help you avoid unnecessary mis-steps and get more out of your contractors. Contact us.
Security Resources for Architects & Engineers
“Roundtable Discussion: Security Systems Lifecycle Considerations, Effectiveness and Cost Control” – by Frank Pisciotta (Security Systems News, August 23, 2019)
“MasterFormat – Numbers & Titles”. MasterFormat is the specifications-writing standard for most commercial building design and construction projects in North America. It lists titles and section numbers for organizing data about construction requirements, products, and activities.
Division 28 encompasses work results for the electronic and ‘intelligent’ elements related to facility security, fire detection and alarms, and other life safety systems. From its introduction in 2004 until 2014, It experienced very few changes, while the security industry evolved extensively due to both technological innovations and the realities of the post-9/11 world. The article “Remaking Division 28; Specifying Electronic Safety and Security with MasterFormat 2016” by Ray Coulombe, CSI, CDT, provides an in-depth overview on what has changed in MasterFormat 2016.
I want to thank you for the great service that you provided for us and for our client on this project. Your responsiveness and attention to detail held more than just the security package of this project together at times.
…is the owner’s engineer for the balance of plant work for a proposed gas to liquids project in Arkansas. BPS is part of our engineering team specifically providing regulatory analysis and security design. This is our first engagement with BPS, and they have proven to be knowledgeable, responsive, and dependable as a valued team member. I would without hesitation recommend BPS for similar work on similar projects.
I would also like to say thank you for the job you have done pulling this project together, so far. I have confidence in your ability to meet the demanding time constraints we have put on you for this project.
There was a call across the five refineries about CFATS regulatory compliance for DHS. On the call, the five refinery safety managers universally and unanimously supported, endorsed and demanded that BPS be the security consultant for all matters regulatory.
Your thoroughness and detail are tops in my book and at the end of the day, that’s why you and BPS are successful. The added detail and experience you bring to the table left nothing to fall through the cracks, as almost every question, or situation was addressed somewhere in documentation. Complete, accurate records are a truly valuable resource.
…a compliment to this very well written spec and detailed drawings. Thank you for providing the detail.