protecting the vulnerable
Owners are evaluating their existing investments in telecommunications infrastructure, tiers of redundancy, acceptable levels of fault tolerance, special applications and the viability to improve facility operations and patient care and safety through a converged system. Security, access control, surveillance and building automation systems are at the heart of the conversation.
Often times these systems are operating in existing, live environments that require a condition assessment and migration path to maximize the return on investment. Stakeholders are engaging our specialists to bridge facility operations and technology connectivity goals with system solutions.
American Lake, Community Living Center – LEED® Silver certified
The Alzheimer wing integrated into the new 83-bed long-term care center features a wandering duress system to serve its unique residence. Network-based video surveillance cameras provide footage outside building, while the facility is tied into the campus-wide mass notification system.
Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center Nursing Home– LEED® Silver minimum
Adjacent to the existing a campus, this 85,000 sf, 80-bed, 6-building addition features several innovations in security and access control technologies. The wandering duress system is integrated with the fire alarm and door control systems to allow free egress for all qualified residence and staff. The system is programmed to monitor protected residences’ locations for proper assistance in such events that require evacuation. The security system’s video surveillance and access controls create barriers to unauthorized access to the residence.
American Lake, Building 201 Replacement [pending construction funding]
Integrated into the historic core of the American Lake campus, the planned outpatient medical office building features several electronic security solutions responsive to the programmatic and operational requirements. As a part of a federal campus, integrated access control, intercom and video surveillance systems were developed to support the physical security measures on campus, and again at critical points within the building to grant visitor access and restriction to medications and other sensitive areas. In the event of an incident, a mass notification system that ties into the campus wide system was also designed. Within the building, a duress system was routed to specialized spaces (reception, counseling, pharmacy) to pinpoint areas in distress and aid dispatchers in routing responders.
Snohomish County Public Hospital District No. 3
Cascade Valley Hospital & Clinics (Arlington)
As part of the 42,000 sf addition and phased renovation of the existing 3-story tower, a comprehensive wireless LAN infrastructure was integrated into the facility. The system was designed to support the unique requirements of security and communication applications such as paging, voice communications, telemetry and infant protection.
Washington State Department of Social & Health Services
Western State Hospital
The state institution has engaged our specialists to assess and provide a migration path for their current personal duress system that serves the 50-building, 800-bed psychiatric hospital. The team is being particular attentive to staff protective measures and how the system can effectively and efficiently communicate accurate information in the time of an event. A monitoring board that tracks personnel’s’ location campus-wide is one component being integrated that will aid in identifying and dispatching response teams. The second component is a remediation plan developed from an assessment of the existing system’s coverage, reliability and accuracy of information transmitted. The plan identifies a strategic approach to implementing the solutions while maintaining the occupied, operational status of the facility.