Security Design & Construction

August 11, 2010

Comprehensive force protection. Building standoff. Blast proofing. CBR detection. Progressive collapse. Collateral damage risk. Site hardening.

These are among the growing list of concerns that architects, MEP engineers, contractors, and building owners must deal with in the struggle for homeland security.

In this Special Report, BD&C's editors describe two recent projects where matters of security design and construction were paramount — the Oklahoma City Federal Office Building, which replaced the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Office Building, destroyed by a terrorist explosion in 1995; and the GCHQ, headquarters of the United Kingdom's leading code-breaking agency.