There is no question that societies want to keep schools as safe spaces for education. While violent attacks have risen in the past decades, these don’t account for the entirety of instances where students find themselves in danger. Security designs have focused mainly on interior updates to make schools safer, yet this does little to help stop preventable accidents that occur in campus parking lots. In essence, high-security devices offer much more to schools than keeping violent aggressors at bay.
Half of the battle against aggressors is pre-planning. Establishing a comprehensive security system before an attack takes place ensures that staff and police are prepared for almost any eventuality. However, constructing or modifying an area to be highly secure without looking like a fortress is a challenge every architect faces, especially in locales where looks mean everything.
Unfortunately, public schools have become a target for violent activity, and security is a rising concern for parents and officials across the United States. Steps are being taken to reinforce elementary and secondary educational institutions, and new construction takes student and faculty safety as its primary concern.
New environments, rigorous schedules, new independence all contribute to making the transition to college difficult. With the rise in gun & vehicular violence, safety had become another, vastly more pervasive concern. A goal for any administration is to create an environment where staff & students feel safe on campus.