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Security Planning and Design

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"Building security and safety took on new meaning on September 11, 2001. Unprecedented terrorist actions that day at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC, made building owners and users think as they had never thought before about how secure and safe they are—or aren’t—in the buildings they use every day."
— from the monograph.

Today’s designs must prevent and detect threats from criminal and terrorist acts aimed at the structure and their occupants. Security Planning and Design examines these security threats—threats that are intentional and originate in human action.


  1. Nine chapters authored by architects, engineers, and security and technology consultants define the architect’s role in the relationship between security and building design.
  2. Covered topics include: defining security needs, making buildings more resistant to ballistic attacks, building security technologies, protecting people in buildings from chemical, biological, and radiological contamination, and security and emergency operations.
  3. Hypothetical design examples are presented to demonstrate the application of security strategies and measures to selected building functions.
  4. Three appendices include a list organizations working to enhance building security, a list publications for further reading and a glossary of security terminology.


Randall I. Atlas, Ph.D., AIA, CPP, is president of Counter Terror Design, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida. He is a nationally recognized trainer and author on crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED).

Peter D. DiMaggio, PD, is a structural engineer and senor associate with Weidlinger Associates, Inc., in New York City. He has lectured and written extensively on the capabilities of structures to withstand high-explosive attacks.

Richard P. Grassie, CPP, is president of TECHMARK Security Integration, Inc., a Boston-based firm providing security design and technology integration services. He has written numerous articles and conducts workshops and training seminars on security for public agencies and private industry.

Stuart L. Knoop, FAIA, is president of Oudens and Knoop Architects, PD, of Chevy Chase, Maryland. He has 25 years of security design experience, including 60 embassies and consulates worldwide. He has chaired the National Research Council (NRC) review of security design criteria for the Federal Interagency Security Committee.

Other chapters are authored by: Joseph Brancato, AIA; Behrooz (Ben) Emam, AIA, PE, CFM; Michael C. Janus, PE; and Thomas L. Norman.

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