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Dec 02 2015

‘Issue Brief’ from AIA-Ohio on Classroom Barricade Devices

Category: School SecurityLori @ 11:25 pm Comments (5)

AIA-Ohio School Door Barricade Issue Brief 102815With permission from AIA-Ohio, I would like to share their white paper on classroom barricade devices.  As stated in the document, “This Issue Brief is specific to the needs of Ohio, but points to a much larger need for a coordinated, national effort to define, as it relates to building code standards, appropriate responses to security issues during “active shooter” or similar lockdown or emergency situations.”

There is too much valuable information in this white paper for me to cut and paste small sections here – I’d recommend reading the complete document, but one paragraph did catch my eye:

Initial Evaluation by Industry Groups Inconclusive. Regarding school classroom barricades, there has been significant work performed by various groups, including the Ohio BBS, NFPA, NASFM, Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, PASS, and the ICC to put the subject in perspective and to make recommendations (see resources below).  What has not happened on a national scale is a consolidation of those resources into a comprehensive compendium on the subject that organizations who advocate for the development and adoption of building codes, such as AIA, can rely upon in seeking a technologically feasible solution to the problem at hand.

Anyone know how to create a consolidated compendium?

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5 Responses to “‘Issue Brief’ from AIA-Ohio on Classroom Barricade Devices”

  1. Curtis Meskus says:

    A collection of concise but detailed information about a particular subject, especially in a book or other publication.

    sounds like a committee report.

    The issue should be addressed by the model codes, which require in most case operation in a single motion. Since there is locking hardware available makes the door more secure and meets the current code requirements the consensus seems to be use compliant hardware not aftermarket gizmos.

  2. Rich says:

    This was obviously written by a polutician. (Yes that is the spelling I want) You need to have earned a Bachelor of Science AKA “BS” degree in political double speak to create a consolidated comprehensive compendium. This person has lots of words, but few ideas of his own.

  3. Jim Elder says:

    Here is yet another barrier device. See my reply.

  4. Jim Elder says:

    I would like to think they are checking out my comment, but it certainly is not posted. Anyway, here is what i said.

    I don’t want to be a buzz kill here, but this device is a code violation in possibly every state fire safety code in the US when used in a school environment. Unlikely this device would also not comply with the recently passed Ohio code provision which DOES (in a way) permit barrier devices. I have no doubt your device works against a forced attack and would pose a substantial barrier to an intrusive entry. As an independent consultant heavily involved in security and code issues nearly all my life, i would strongly suggest anyone check with their local fire officials before buying this device (or one of the other similar products) for your schools.
    For further information on this issue i would urge you to check and search on “barrier devices” for a complete compendium of code issues, comments and position statements from fire safety, code enforcement, American Institute of Architects and many others.

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