What's New 51eeb0d53cdb7c4fab00bdfe 2013-11-18T11:17:19-05:00 Planning for Protection 528a39e59cd745215f0001a8 2013-11-18T11:14:25-05:00 2013-11-18T11:00:00-05:00 <p>Design and Planning of Protective Services Facilities<br /> International Association of Chiefs of Police<br /> Salt Lake City, UT<br /> September 30th – October 2nd 2013</p> <p>From September 30th to October 2nd 2013, principals of Stephens Kozak <span class="caps">ACI</span> attended a three-day training session on the design of police and protective services facilities in Salt Lake City, UT. The annual seminar was organized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (<span class="caps">IACP</span>) http://www.theiacp.org/ ; the venue was the new $125million net-zero Salt Lake City Public Safety Building, occupied in mid-2013, shared between police and fire services.</p> <p>While we were credentialed upon arrival and granted full access to most areas of the facility over the intensive three-day period, the first afternoon was dedicated to a four-hour guided tour of this state-of-the-art facility in downtown Salt Lake City. Notable features include a multi-storey entrance atrium set back several hundred feet from the roadway across a public plaza under a sweeping canopy of photo-voltaic-covered glass panels, a two-level underground parking garage and an emergency command centre anchored by a 20 sq.m. partition-able video screen that can be viewed from one floor above through the side-by-side police and fire department command centres.</p> <p>As a reflection of evidence-based design conclusions, traditional conference rooms normally furnished with tables and chairs were equipped with soft seating surfaces in conversational-style groupings, deemed more conducive to information-sharing and conciliatory negotiations. Such configurations were chosen by the <span class="caps">SLCPD</span> following extensive research into workplace environmental behaviour.</p> <p>While several office areas above the main floor present floor-to-ceiling windows in order to fully take-in the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains, value-engineering steps included strategic positioning of bullet-proof glazing to a height of 1100mm, where a mullion then allows a transition in the upper sections of glazing to standard tempered glass. The entire facility is wired to operate on emergency generator power for as long as fuel is supplied to the emergency generators. If supply becomes a concern, strategic load-shedding is automatically engaged.</p> <p>Principals of Stephens Kozak <span class="caps">ACI</span> were granted unfettered access to photograph all areas of the facility including emergency call and dispatch centre, fully computerized evidence/exhibit drying/deposit and storage systems, extensively monitored interview rooms including sound deadening from within and white-noise generation in adjacent corridors, a <span class="caps">SWAT</span> briefing room, information systems (IT) server room, emergency media/communications room equipped with green screen and made available by the Chiefs of Police and Fire to the mayor of Salt Lake City as required.</p> <p>The 2.5 day balance of the program’s duration included photographic and quantified examples of other recent state-of-the-art protective services facilities across the U.S., as well as an illustration of the driving principles behind these solutions. Please contact us at info@sk-aci.com for further information on this event or for assessments and constructive dialogue around your existing facilities or projects in the early stages of planning.</p> <p>See <a href="http://slcpd.com/community/public-safety-building/">Salt Lake City Public Safety Building</a> for further details and virtual tours.</p> <p><img src="/assets/528a3b9a3cdb7c53f900068f/IMG_0430R.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <img src="/assets/528a3c38c0d7cd402e0000cd/IMG_0408R.jpg" alt="" /></p> 2013 Top Project Awards 52740b0ec0d7cd1eb3000042 2013-11-01T16:22:11-04:00 2013-11-01T16:00:00-04:00 <p>We are excited to announce that one of our projects, the Southwest Edmonton Police Station, has been chosen by Alberta Construction Magazine as one of the finalists for their 2013 Top Project Awards!</p> <p>Nominees are being judged on Design functionality and appearance, Construction Process, Usage of innovative construction materials, and Project delivery method.</p> <p>The Awards Luncheon will be held at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport&#8217;s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary on December 4, 2013.</p> A Day at Action Target 51f2ec569cd745233905555f 2013-07-26T17:41:30-04:00 2013-07-26T17:35:00-04:00 <p>The opportunity to visit Action Target Headquarters in Provo, Utah, presented itself in May, 2012. For the first time, the people at AT were offering a course in target range design to architects involved in the fields of security and protection projects. The course was an intensive one-day session at their modern office and large manufacturing facility with it’s surrounding test ranges set against a red Utah mountain backdrop.</p> <p>AT is the worldwide leading manufacturer and supplier for a wide variety of equipment for shoot houses, target ranges, target devices and, most significantly, armoured bullet traps. The sophisticated patented bullet trap they produce is configured to deflect projectiles from a variety of firearm types into a narrow throat at the target end of the range where the spent bullets are collected in a trough behind the backstop. This technology relies on a sophisticated arrangement of hardened steel plates configured to ensure maximum safety for personnel and reduction of hazardous byproducts. Their systems provide for recycling of lead and elimination of the mess and pollution associated with other target backstop configurations.</p> <p>The day included a tour of their factory that included a visit to a shoot house mock-up constructed of both soft and armoured modular wall panels, the latter allowing live fire exercises.</p> <p>AT produce a range of products that include most of the components needed to equip various types of firearm facilities with a worldwide distribution serving police, security, military and private clients.</p> <p>Apart from being an enjoyable day with the hospitable staff at Action Target, the instruction and hands-on experience provided a better understanding and insight into the science behind the complexities of ballistics engineering. It was also a lot of fun! &#8211; Tony Brammar</p> Getting Involved in Crime 51f2ee57c0d7cd7ff5015a8b 2013-11-18T11:17:19-05:00 2013-04-23T17:00:00-04:00 <p><strong>Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (<span class="caps">CPTED</span>) Basic course</strong><br /> April 23 &#8211; 24, 2013<br /> <span class="caps">AMA</span> Centre in Edmonton<br /> presented by the Edmonton Police Service</p> <p>Is it true that blue lights can help reduce crime? There are some reports say that there have been less crime in the areas where blue lights have been introduced in the streets. With the fact that colour strongly affects human behaviour, I am still not quite sure if this has been proven to the fact that blue colour is the only reason to make that change. However, it is interesting enough to keep in mind as an extra decision making factor.</p> <p>Later in April 2013, the Edmonton Police Service offered a two-day course, which is the first part of the course, developed to introduce Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (<span class="caps">CPTED</span>) principles. These include access control, surveillance, territorial reinforcement, and maintenance. This classroom course focused on reducing crime opportunities by modifying the environment. The audiences were introduced to how the physical environment could have a direct relationship on human behaviour.</p> <p>The presentation continued with a few pictures of the areas in Edmonton and asked the audiences to figure out all the possible attractions of potential crime targets. Nearly every aspect of the building and the site including lights, windows, building shape, entrance, doors, fencing, security cameras, and landscaping, were discussed.</p> <p><span class="caps">CPTED</span> principles are very important decision making factors, which I have to keep in mind throughout the design process. It affects the way of how I see the projects now, which can change the way people react to the physical environment.</p> <p>The second part of the <span class="caps">CPTED</span> course is the Advanced training course which is planned for Fall 2013. I am planning to attend this course. &#8211; Byung Hee</p>