Security Technology, The Benefits of Early Planning

Matthew Harper

A proactive effort of early planning determines the success of implementing a Hillard Heintze Security design

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Because Security integration is not typically a code-driven effort, it is essential that the end-user has a voice in the development of design at the beginning of a processed conceptual phase. In turn, it is the responsibility for the designer to educate the client on subject matter that exceeds experience and expectation. Ultimately a proactive effort of early planning determines the success of implementing a Hillard Heintze Security design where all stakeholders have ownership at the conceptual phase.

Considering existing processes used by the end user that have met or exceeded goals is a valuable starting point. Learning the end user experiences and how they have navigated existing systems allows for creating performance parameters. This allows for flexibility and the identification of scalable deployments minimizing impact on staffing resources. Obviously, this can lead to efficiency benefits over a building’s life cycle by reducing maintenance costs of security technology, maximizing loss prevention throughout the building itself, and minimizing manpower requirements.

Integrated technology as it relates to security, allows for a wide and diverse set of features to be presented that goes beyond just meeting the needs of the project deliverables. These features are the focus and responsibility of a design integrator to present as it relates to cost, performance, durability, scalability, and longevity for the client to reference. Hillard Heintze takes pride in this approach as both educators and subject matter experts with vast experience.

A recommended order of key events:

1. Stakeholder Conceptual Meeting – What works, what doesn’t.

2. Conceptual Progress – Propose and identify features to be present in design

3. 1st Validation Progress – Present deliverables in design format (Drawings, Manufacturer cut sheets and specifications)

4. Installation Progress – Present deliverables to installer/ Integrator

5. 2nd Validation Progress – Stakeholders and Integrator Review

6. Execution – Quality Assessment and Quality Control through install

This process, regardless of size or complexity of scope can be enabled by considering security early in the architectural design of the building itself, while supported by a Hillard Heintze security consultant team at the beginning stages of design. Oftentimes, security is not considered until the design is already completed. This is often because security is seen as a tertiary building service that is not impacted by the larger building design context.

The assumption that security consists of physical security, CCTV, access control or intrusion is out-of-date. Future security and integrations within facility or campus environments require a holistic and customized approach best applied through early engagement with a Hillard Heintze security consultant rather than with facilities or contractors later in the installation process. By doing so, end users can realize the benefits of a secure environment over the life of the security system that is both efficient and cost-effective.

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