May 3, 2018

Safety and security assessments performed by experts at EH&A

The Associates at EH&A have been following the general trend across the United States that educational facilities are gradually becoming specialized. We have seen that classrooms intended for primary students are profoundly unique from classrooms serving high schools or transitioning professionals. The traditional idea of what constitutes an instructor-focused learning space has also changed. Digital, online, and blended instruction, the use of giant video projection, and other telecommunication requirements are transforming traditional educational models and spatial relationships instructors have with their students.

EH&A takes a keen interest in the health and well-being of students—especially young students. That interest has increased as we have moved to improve the performance and fabric of school structures. Some of our unique strategies to increase academic and environmental efficiency include daylighting, specifying sustainable and non-toxic building materials, and using renewable energy sources in school design. Concurrently we find resources for the construction, maintenance, and upkeep of educational facilities although they remain in short supply.

Through our Safety and Security Assessments performed during our Long Range Facilities Master Plans (LRFMP), EH&A helps the District staff evaluate site conditions for safety and security improvements and incorporate projects into the LRFMP to improve the safety of the students and staff and the security of the campuses. Our experienced Associates examine all parts of the school facility including perimeter fencing, gates and single point of entry, security glass in buildings near the entry to campuses, public access areas, mail and delivery locations, access points and pathway lighting, parking, bus and pedestrian traffic circulation.  We have the expertise to review surveillance camera technology for campus monitoring and electronic and manual locking and key systems.  Our team at EH&A may provide additional resources such as Protective Security Advisors with the US Department of Homeland Security and consult with private firms that specialize in school site safety to enhance the assessments of campuses. EH&A will subcontract with outside firms to provide the District with specified technical support, if necessary, to enhance the safety and security provisions of the LRFMP.