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Civil EngineeringIn the first few hours following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, most Americans came to terms with the reality that they could no longer assume that on American soil they would be safe from enemies.
With so large a part of our lives lived in buildings, building security therefore has become a hot topic, one with wide ramifications. Building Security: Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design aims nevertheless to be a single-source reference not just for architects and engineers but also for building owners, facility managers, public officials, and safety specialists.
Replete with pictures, sketches, checklists, and tables, Building Securityoffers comprehensive information on virtually every conceivable topic under that broad heading. Chapters are devoted to chemical and biological protection, to codes and standards, to disaster planning for both homes and businesses, and to the considerations that come into play in protecting sites of historical or cultural importance. Design information relating to security is offered for structural design, fire protection, and mechanical and electrical systems. The book also examines the lessons learned from "benchmark events," as well as liability issues in the current climate.
Building Security draws on the talents of more than 50 contributors from a wide range of disciplines employed by corporations, universities, public entities, and nonprofit organizations, as well as on the experience of editor Barbara Nadel, who twice served the the board of the American Institute of Architects and specializes in the planning and design of government and health care facilities. The book she has assembled won the 2003 Milka Bliznakov Prize Commendation from the International Archive of Women in Architecture, a program established at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Although September 11 is a frequent reference point, Building Security addresses not only terrorism but also natural disasters, crime, and violence in the workplace. Above all Nadel hopes that the book will help translate the talents and knowledge of building industry professionals into improved security for all of our indoor living and working areas. "Refer to this handbook often" she urges in the preface. "Use the information contained within as a guide to creating secure and well-designed environments, Share it with your colleagues, clients, consultants, friends, and family. Encourage them to prepare for disasters and emergencies. Their lives may someday depend on your foresight and thoughtfulness."