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There are deﬁnitely options.
a niche market and most architects
“The architects, particularly ones are not used to dealing with it on a
who work on schools, may know about regular basis.”
laminated glass, ﬁlms or polycarbon-
Gil says his company developed
ate,” says Niziolek. “… We want day- its Childgard product speciﬁcally for
light and we want glazing and we need school applications. It’s designed to
to be secure. So on the administration delay entry. The price, he adds, is also
side, school districts are becoming a little less expensive than some other
more in tune.”
The industry has also since learned
types of protective security glazing.
“In terms of price and performance,
that delaying the intruder with it’s between laminated glass and more
forced-entry glazing is the key.
common detention products,” he says.
Great schools have great daylight. So how do
you provide both the protection and education?
ntrances and lower-level win-
dows are probably the ﬁrst areas
Emost people think about when it
comes to the vulnerabihlity of school
Thomas Niziolek, Covestro
access points. But what about the in-
side? What happens if an attacker
The average time for authorities “We developed it with price and per- gains entry or is already inside? Safety
to arrive on the scene is between ﬁve formance in mind. It’s important to and security for the interior is just as im-
and seven minutes,” says Gil. “Some note that this type of product is for portant as the exterior.
reports say that most incidents con- forced entry and is not ballistic rated.
Given that schools also require ﬁre-
clude within ﬁve minutes, and a large Forced-entry construction products rated applications in a number of areas,
amount even within two minutes … are designed to detain or prevent companies are now developing prod-
the attacker goes away, is subdued, physical attack. They are not designed ucts with these needs in mind. Many are
etc., but within a limited period of to stop bullets.”
emerging that provide layers of protec-
time the incidents stop. So instead of Niziolek stresses that it’s import- tion against multiple forms of attack.
using ballistic products, you can force ant to not change the educational
a delay … this prevails over ballistic environment.
Vetrotech Saint-Gobain recently
introduced Keralite SafeGuard,
“In some cases schools have con- which it calls an economical, ﬁre-pro-
strained budgets, so we need to help tective-rated glazing product that
them understand the portfolio of op- combines protection against ﬁre, acci-
Despite the fact that these prod- tions available. We need to provide a dental impact, ballistics and intruders.
ucts are available, they do come at means of safety in a comprehensive,
“As of 2016, U.S. schools were re-
a premium compared to traditional whole building,” he says. For exam- ported to have experienced more than
glazing products. This can be a chal- ple, even the placement of landscap- 200 active shooter incidents, with an
lenge to overcome because, as Gil ex- ing and shrubbery is a contributor to estimated emergency response time
plains, price is almost always the first safety, he explains. “It’s a balance to of four to 12 minutes,” says Lindsay
thing looked at.
not change the educational environ- Hampton, Keralite product manager for
We see a lot of requests, but the ment and have great daylighting and Vetrotech. “In addition, there are an esti-
products are sometimes value-en- managing budgets.”
mated 4,000 school building ﬁres each
gineered out because they are ex-
When these products do make year. Keralite SafeGuard was created
pensive,” says Gil.“We also see it [go it through design phases, there are to provide peace of mind against inten-
from] being used in large spaces a number of places in the school tional and accidental threats that are
down to smaller areas like front they’re commonly used. These in- increasingly common in public spaces.”
lobbies or access points. The other clude lobby door areas and access
As an intrusion barrier, the glass
questions we get are about the bal- points, check points and lower-level deters or delays an active shooter to
listics performance or forced-en- windows and doors. They’re also help prevent an attack or slow an at-
try delay. There’s lots of education
along those lines. Security glazing is
tack until ﬁrst responders arrive. In
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