Review written by A. Nelson, University of Texas at Arlington
Since the phrase "homeland security" entered our national lexicon, safety has become fundamental to the design, construction, and management of buildings. Nadels integrated approach to building security, disaster planning, and emergency response is particularly timely, and results in a handy reference for a wide variety of security issues. Structured around the lessons of September 11th and other benchmark events (thoroughly outlined in the introductory chapter), this title is logically organized into six subject areas: transparent (i.e., unobtrusive) security, planning and design, engineering, construction, technology and materials, and codes and liabilities. The planning and design section is the most robust, with chapters focused on the security concerns of particular classes of buildings (educational, religious, commercial, etc.). Numerous tables, checklists, figures, and black-and-white photographs clarify and summarize the text. Chapters conclude with a short bibliography and a list of Internet resources; some provide a glossary and/or related standards. Crime prevention, workplace violence, and natural disasters are also given substantive treatment. The index (with see also references) provides sufficient access to the material. An excellent single-volume written by building design, construction, and management experts for fellow professionals.
Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals.Nadel, Barbara A. is the author of 'Building Security Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design' with ISBN 9780071411714 and ISBN 0071411712.