Tag Archives: Security

ASTM Standards for Correctional Facilities

There have been numerous standards sponsored by ASTM Committee F-33 on Detention and Correctional Facilities. Familiarity and being able to adhere to these standards is a must. They not only cover testing procedures and degree of detention, but also assemblies and fastening methods that must be incorporated into the design and construction.

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Specifying Successful Systems for Detention Facilities

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The construction of detention and correctional facilities can be complex. In addition to standard construction materials and practice, these buildings are designed with a multitude of special materials and systems, known collectively as ‘detention equipment.’ This article focuses on the use of detention equipment contractors (DEC) when building correctional facilities.

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Specifying Doors for a Healthier Environment


Healthcare facilities contribute to patient well-being by balancing design elements in the built environment with safety and security. Proper selection of door and hardware products can help protect patients from harm and maintain a level of security for others, including professional and clinical staff. Doors, frames, locks, and electronic access control, can be used together to answer the challenges routinely found in behavioral health and crisis intervention centers. A well designed healthcare facility takes extra precautions to make sure doors and hardware provide security and protection without compromising safety.

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Security Glazing for Safer Schools: Trends in School Safety

Parents and administrators across the country are clamoring for solutions to make their children’s schools more secure. Areas of K?12 educational projects under significant scrutiny are doors and windows—and, more specifically, the glass. For extra school security, laminated security glass can be an easy and cost-effective measure to assist in protecting against forced entry and providing bullet resistance. Between 1999 and 2009, various school security measures have been implemented.

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