The Ross & Baruzzini | DVS team consists of individuals with extensive experience and educational backgrounds including risk assessment, law enforcement, insurance risk analysis, security, fire alarm, electrical and civil engineering. These backgrounds allow us to work seamlessly within the architectural process while maintaining a strong skillset in construction supervision, field installation of physical security and electronic equipment, and facilities management systems.
The incorporation of security concepts into the earliest phases of project design and planning provides the best opportunity to achieve a comprehensive and cost-effective security plan. By working with owners and design teams at the beginning of the project to develop and implement governing security concepts, security can become integrated into the fabric of the design. Historically, these early planning efforts have led to reduced security staffing and security technology requirements later in the project lifecycle. For existing facilities, a master planning effort can help establish long term security goals, while also prioritizing and sequencing the incremental steps needed to achieve those goals. Those steps can then be incorporated into long-term capital planning exercises.
The most critical component to any security program is a well-conceived security staffing plan. While an engineered security design can provide an advantageous physical layout or advanced electronic systems, security staff members are required to utilize these tools in accordance with established policies and procedures in order to ensure a complete and effective security program. We routinely assist in the development of staffing programs, showing post locations, responsibilities, hours of operation, performance expectations, emergency procedures, and technology requirements. We also work with clients to determine the best possible staffing hierarchy, which often includes a blend of proprietary and contract guard services.
Our Emergency Preparedness planning team has developed emergency response plans for a wide variety of public and private sector agencies throughout the United States. Our services touch every aspect of emergency management planning and operations—from situational awareness and incident response, to resource tracking and consequence management. Our integrated, comprehensive approach enhances an emergency manager’s capability to meet routine security challenges, natural and man-made disasters as well as larger-scale incidents. Our team develops and conducts all training and exercises in full compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS), Incident Command System (ICS) and the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).
Fostering risk management and resiliency in any organization requires a systematic process to identify risks, threats, and vulnerabilities, to identify mitigation and preparedness strategies, and to provide a continuous improvement loop to support changing conditions. DVS provides a simple but effective model to facilitate organizational and operational resiliency. The Resiliency Cycle provides a logical flow of activities to foster resiliency in the early of phases of program development or at any stage of the critical infrastructure life cycle. DVS utilizes various business models to support each step on the Resilience Cycle and includes each business model: Assess, Mitigate, Prepare, Respond, and Recover.
Stakeholders value the enterprise, critical, and infrastructure assets that sustain their operational capabilities. Risk and exposures to assets (e.g., people, infrastructures, facilities, and equipment) can affect a stakeholder’s brand, reduce its mission capabilities, and require reconstitution, or reconstruction at expense. DVS risk assessment offers stakeholders strategies, practices, and resources to mitigate, plan for, and respond to events or incidents by identifying and prioritizing associated risks, leading to a risk management strategy. Our process enables DVS to develop solutions following the identification of threats, hazards and vulnerabilities, leading to effective risk reduction to the stakeholder. The process complements DVS design and criteria development; operations planning and readiness, and security management processes; and the protection of sensitive information throughout all phases of design, construction, and implementation.
A successful security program requires continuing assessment, review, and modification as necessary to adapt to evolving client needs and respond to an ever-changing landscape of evolving threats. DVS provides on-site assessment services to determine current operational status, anticipated lifespan, and capability to respond to existing threats to the facility or client. The information obtained from the audit or assessment process is commonly used to formulate recommendations for short, medium, and long-term enhancement to those systems, including estimated costs and timeframes for implementation.
The development of a well-conceived security program helps establish and document criteria for the protective solution for an agency or corporation while leading to design of a facility or infrastructure while maintaining sensitivity to a client’s mission. These programmatic elements often extend far past operational policy and procedures encompassing physical and electronic security, incorporating architecture, MEP, structure, lighting, and landscape. The program must also document the team’s understanding of eventual operational parameters, such as pedestrian/vehicular traffic flow, screening, and materials management. This multifaceted approach ensures that every design discipline plays a role in the safety and security of the project. The security program is developed early in the design process, and then used throughout the design lifecycle as a governing document for the entire design team. Working together, the team determines the best way to translate those principles into constructible project elements as the design evolves.
The security systems design and engineering phase of a project works to translate the established security program into a fully coordinated and constructible design package. It is key that that design package focuses on the security needs of the facility on day one, while delivering the flexibility to adapt, expand, and maintain compatibility with the technologies of tomorrow. Functioning as a member of the project design team, we focus on the integration of physical and electronic security systems to ensure that they are in harmony with the building aesthetics, design approach, and operational mission of the facility. We specialize not only in the design and specification of security systems, but in the development of supportive infrastructure and coordination with other systems and trades, including architecture, structure, MEP, fire detection and suppression, information technology, lighting, door hardware, vertical transportation, and others. The end result is a coordinated, turn-key security system that has been designed and implemented in concert with the overall project.
DVS has a dedicated staff of construction administrative professionals that are focused on resolving issues and managing the flow of information between Owners, contractors, architects, and sub-consultants throughout the construction phase of project to deliver projects on time and per the contract documents. Our construction administration process starts with an interdisciplinary quality review of construction documents prior to issuing for bid to ensure full coordination of the various design disciplines and concludes with delivery of completed close-out documents to the Owner. In between, our multi-disciplined construction administration team attends construction meetings and performs regular site observations to monitor progress, address Contractor & Owner questions, and implement any required changes to the contract, so as to keep construction flowing smoothly.
DVS manages the process of verifying that all electronic security systems perform according to the design intent, and ensuring that the systems meet the Owner’s operational needs. Our commissioning process also verifies that the security system is operating holistically with other building systems as necessary, including door hardware, emergency power, HVAC, fire alarm, and vertical transportation, so that all coordinated system design elements are carried through to project completion. We also verify that Owner representatives have been properly trained, and the security system has gone through several iterations of programming and refinement so that a smooth transition from construction to daily operations can occur. It is our goal to make sure that when we’re gone, our clients are fully comfortable and confident in their ability to take full advantage of their security investment.