With 18 reported school shootings since January 2018, there has understandably been a focus on keeping students and staff safe.
For reasons both good and bad, we are living with a heightened security awareness that has changed how educational organizations equip and operate their campuses.
Bob Cervi, Austin ISD executive director of construction management and facilities, said the district is working with architects, engineers and district police to ensure the latest and greatest in safety is included in their new and renovated campuses.
The new school will feature cameras, panic buttons, a security vestibule, and an electronic map of the school accessible by police.
Security at every level, from keycards to cameras, was deemed “not fit for purpose” following repeated trespasses by the same individual posing as staff over a six month period.
A man defied security measures to kill his bedridden wife and himself, rattling hospital staff.
Armed guards and metal detectors are chief among the new measures being taken to ensure the safety of patients.
Beginning Wednesday, security officers were stationed at all entrances to help guide visitors to the appropriate areas. Security at the facility is also limiting entrance to the hospital to three locations and the Emergency Department.
AIA outlines four paths of action the Institute intends to take to support architects and school communities