Glass Building

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Glass Building

Posted by Rochelle Barnes on Mar 26, 2018 11:08 am

Good Morning,

My student center is all glass and the office doors are glass as well.  I get concerned when it comes to active shooters and safety.  Does anyone else have this challenge?  My security department has plans in place for the university, but necessarily for my building.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Glass Building

Posted by Trinity Gonzalez on Mar 27, 2018 12:20 pm

This is such a great question and an issue I am currently dealing with as our new union design has a large, multi-floor area that is encased in glass. I've brought up the threat of active shooters with my admin folks, but there is really no sense of urgency to suggest another option/design. If anyone who has had success in this could comment, that would be great! If you are currently, working in a glass facility and have more to add to the response plans for your area, that would be great as well.

Re: Glass Building

Posted by Rick Eyestone on May 22, 2018 10:58 am

That is certainly a valid concern. Our university has a campus wide Building Emergency Action Plan that outlines specific responses to fires, weather emergencies and active threat situations. The University of Illinois Department Of Public Safety publishes guidelines, which are included in the plan for other emergencies such as power outages, and other utility interruptions and bomb threats. I would reach out to your guiding authority and try to learn or have them present exactly what the plans are so you and your staff can respond accordingly.
We present this information to our student staff at all New Student Employee Orientation meetings. We also provide training to professional and student staff working in the Union at least once per semester.

I Hope this helps.

Re: Glass Building

Posted by Trinity Gonzalez on May 25, 2018 3:29 pm

We had a meeting this morning with our Chief of Police on campus to start the ball rolling on safety and security in the new facility. I asked him the question about glass buildings, and he suggested that I check out 3M Protective Glass Covering. Check out this video of a demo: It seems like a good, cost-effective solution that you might mention. I know I'm certainly going to advocate for this or something similar for our new building.