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Building Security: Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design

Building Security: Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design

By Barbara A. Nadel

More than 100 contributors, most of them architects, spell out recommended procedures in 31 chapters under six general headings of achieving transparent security, planning and design, engineering, construction, technology and materials, and codes and liability.

Price: $84.99
Product Code/ISBN: 9780071411714
Year: 2004
Binding: Hardcover     Page Count: 672
Publisher: McGraw-Hill


The massive Building Security: Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design delivers what its title promises. More than 100 contributors, most of them architects, spell out recommended procedures in 31 chapters under six general headings of achieving transparent security, planning and design, engineering, construction, technology and materials, and codes and liability.

The resulting compendium is intended as a handy reference for:

  • Architects
  • Designers
  • Planners
  • Engineers
  • Facility managers
  • Building owners
  • Construction managers
  • Real estate professionals
  • Public officials charged with security
  • Public safety specialists

The editor, architect Barbara Nadel, discerns three themes that underlie the multitude of disciplines and building types in the book:

  • Learning from the past (lessons learned are included in each chapter and summarized in the first)
  • Integrating approaches (critical since building designers and managers are rarely the same people)
  • Planning carefully for each situation

Of interest to planners are chapter two, "Security Master Planning," chapter nine on historic preservation and security design, and chapter 16 on perimeter security and aesthetics (adapted from an earlier publication).

This is a great book to help architects and city engineers plan for security!