The 5 Benefits of Incorporating Security Early in the Design Process

Given everything architects need to consider as they create designs for new construction, renovations, or restocks, it is important to incorporate security elements into the design early on.

Working collaboratively to ensure security is integrated cohesively provides several benefits: maintaining aesthetic goals, secure spaces, fewer mistakes, as well as on-time project finishes.

Here are five recommendations to enhance the design of security elements in the overall space plan.

1. Focus on the safety experience

Incorporate security and safety into the occupant’s user experience, which from a security standpoint goes beyond door hardware and security field devices like card readers, cameras, and exit sensors or buttons.

2. Engage with each other as partners

It is equally important for architects to understand the operational risk mitigation of security consultants’ recommendations and for security consultants to understand the intent of architects’ design ideas. A collaborative process can result in an outcome that satisfies all parties.

3. Ensure security is an integrated part of the design

Security should be brought into the design process at the very start, so their input is reflected. Making security an integrated part of the design ensures an end result that is in keeping with the architectural and safety objectives.

4. Design with the entirety of the risk portfolio in mind

Consider security beyond field devices. Designing to reduce operational risk will provide greater safety for those who experience the space.

5. Understand the need to have a broad definition of security

Similar to what is noted above, establish security’s role in mitigating amplified risks such as active or insider threats, general awareness, and perimeter protection.

The Takeaway

Start thinking of security as an essential risk mitigation component of the space by focusing on how to plan space design with security engaged as part of the risk calculation.

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    • Product’s Usage
    • Basis of Design
    • Product’s Quality
    • Product’s Cost
    • Compliance with the customer’s functional requirements
    • Documented approach on meeting customer requirements
    • Vendor’s Competency Level
    • Vendor’s Financial Position
    • Relevant Client References
    • Project Closeout

Additional Reading

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Designing and Building an Effective SOC That Meets Your Unique Needs

    • Product’s Usage
    • Basis of Design
    • Product’s Quality
    • Product’s Cost
    • Compliance with the customer’s functional requirements
    • Documented approach on meeting customer requirements
    • Vendor’s Competency Level
    • Vendor’s Financial Position
    • Relevant Client References
    • Project Closeout

About Atriade

Atriade is a security consulting firm. We provide security system design services for access control, perimeter protection, video and visitor management, and other physical security technologies. We also provide security master planning, program development, risk assessments, professional services, and project management.  

Our client portfolio includes Fortune 50 companies, Ivy League universities, and leading technology firms in Silicon Valley. 

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