Architectural Design Standards
Architectural Design Standards provide a basis for savings. Imagine
an opportunity to reduce your outlay by 30% over the ten years just
in the security design budget alone, with a potential for a one
year return on investment.
It is possible to achieve such a goal! The approach is to conceptually
program security for all of the organization's facilities. Defining
the criteria allows for efficiency while providing for site variations
based on actual conditions. In essence, the best of both worlds,
while reducing construction costs!
Historically, organizations have treated most construction projects
independently. Many times, each portion of a project is treated
as a unique and separate part of the overall. Standards allow security
decisions, once made, to become tools for future development.
Even larger savings can accrue from the architectural process because,
as each architect starts to develop a building design, the security
criteria for each aspect is defined in the Architectural Design
Standards for security.
Assume that your organization will invest approximately $100,000,000
per year in new construction over the next ten years, for a total
of $1,000,000,000. Typically, security issues account for 0.7% to
1.5% of total construction costs. This implies that $10,000,000
capital dollars may be spent for security products and services
related to new construction over the next ten years.
Furthermore, the planning, design, engineering, and project management
associated with the security budget accounts for 10% of the total
ten-year outlay. This represents a value of $1,000,000 or an average
of $100,000 per year. Using architectural design standards, the
10 year costs could be reduced to as low as $700,000.
Areas that can be addressed include:
· Public to private boundaries
· Each type of interior space
Lobby standards may include the desk, exterior door, interior control,
CCTV, access to restrooms, phones, lighting, and conference rooms
exterior to the interior boundary.
Many additional benefits can be recognized. Utilizing the same
standards, renovation projects would also benefit, although the
economics are more difficult to identify because of varying site
conditions that must be addressed.
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