Office interior of CGIS Securities, designed and built by Telesco Associates and Telesco Construction.
Simple upgrades and basic design can enhance both security and value
Owning a building – whether for your own business initiatives or someone else’s – can be lucrative. Property is usually a very safe investment and over time, values can go up significantly. But that doesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels. There are almost always things you can do to make improvements, especially if you have an older building.
Safety, for example, is something that should never be taken for granted. While your building may be equipped with life safety and security systems, there are other areas you may not have thought about. This is where a design-build firm can be a big help. A design-build firm is made up of experts who have experience working on every aspect of a building. The team knows the ins and outs of safety and can help you address these areas:
In order to be aware of any potential threats, it’s important for people inside your building to be able to have good visibility. Inside, there should be clear sight lines and a reduction in curves throughout to eliminate any possible hiding spots. Outside, landscaping also needs to be modified to reduce the chance that someone could find a place to hide. In addition, there should be enough windows so outside activity can be seen clearly.
All of this is part of natural surveillance, which just means that everyone can easily keep an eye on what’s going on. This is a very effective way of deterring a crime before it has a chance of being committed.
To ensure that building occupants are safe and that you are aware of visitors, avenues of access should be limited. If there too many areas of entry, you may never know who’s coming in. This is why it pays to stick to a few central points of access. If your building has many entrances and exits, you should think about closing up all but a handful permanently, barring emergency circumstances.
Vehicle access should also be controlled. To increase external security, you can add planters or bollards, which will limit how close drivers can get to a building. You may also want to consider creating a buffer by adding a courtyard or other wide-open space.
Are there parts of your building that get very little use? If few people are going in and out, this leaves the potential for unwarranted activity. In this case, you may want to seal up different sections or find ways to better use them. For example, knocking down a wall or making other changes that revitalize the space may expand your use of the area.
In this day and age, security is something that should never be ignored. This is particularly true if you are responsible for a building that is inhabited by numerous businesses or many people. And added security measures are a good financial investment, as they will only add value to your property.
For more information about how you can renovate or design your building to optimize physical security, get in touch with Telesco Construction. Because we’re a design-build firm, everyone you’ll need to complete the job, from the architects to designers and contractors, is under one roof. You’ll get quality work plus a quick and streamlined process. Call us today at 305.390.0250 or fill out our online contact form to get started.