Office Building Security With Style

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There are more than one million office buildings in the United States, ranging from small one-story buildings, to low-rise office parks, to towering skyscrapers. Increasingly, more and more Americans spend a significant part of their lives working in such buildings. Businesses increasingly house their most important assets their employees and their sensitive printed and electronic information in such buildings.

 In a commercial building, security risks come from both outsiders and building and tenant employees, and may include murder, robbery, rape, assault, theft, fraud, commercial espionage, arson, vandalism, bomb threats, workplace violence and domestic violence, plus sabotage against the building owner or a tenant, to name but a few. The heavy concentration of people and property makes modern office buildings susceptible to these type threats. Plus, the always-present risks of fire, explosion, and natural disasters have to be considered.

Management responsible for implementing security in any commercial building should first identify the assets (including people) to be protected, along with the likely threats to the facility. For example, in a stand-alone fast food facility, the threat of an armed robbery may be high; it would be less, however, in a two-story office building housing doctors (and possibly drugs); and even less in small office building housing mainly accountants and similar "low-risk" tenants. A survey of all present or potential tenants should be made to ascertain what significant business assets are present; and which businesses, if any, may constitute an increased risk to both the building and specific tenants from criminals, political activists, terrorists, etc.

American Door’s Security Products offer significant protection against both internal and external threats to asset safety.  From European Style Rolling and Accordion Shutters that offer building envelope security with style to electronic locks and egress monitoring devices, American Door can work with Building Managers to design and implement an effective door protection system.     

Choosing A Comercial Door

Sectional Doors
Commercial sectional doors are appropriate when thermal efficiency is a concern, where window space is desired for light or visibility, or simply for aesthetic reasons. Sectional doors also operate quietly and generate little noise in windy applications. They require significant backroom or headroom, depending on the application. This product family includes thermal, ribbed, rail and stile, and raised panel doors.

Rolling Doors
Commercial rolling doors are appropriate in demanding environments requiring maximum durability and security. Because of minimal backroom, headroom and sideroom requirements, rolling doors are able to fit in tight spaces not appropriate for sectional doors. Constructed of interlocking slats that wind around a barrel, the rolling door family includes service doors and counter shutters. Security grilles also fit into this category.

Fire Doors
Featuring some of the same construction characteristics as rolling doors, commercial fire doors are specified in facilities that require a listed fire door in a rated fire wall. Fire doors are normally provided with fusible links that automatically release to close the door at 165 F. Smoke and heat detectors or a building's alarm system can also trigger the door's descent. The fire door family includes both service doors and counter shutters.

Traffic Doors
Similar in construction to a rolling service door, traffic doors feature a high-strength fabric, rather than a metal, curtain. This allows for doors to achieve faster speeds when traveling, which make them ideal for high cycle applications. Also, if contact is made with the door forcing it out of its guides, it is easily replaced without a service call.