Safety and security is a multilayered effort requiring careful assessment and understanding of the ‘what-if’ scenarios that could impact a facility’s operations. Organizations are seeing more value in bringing security, fire- and life-safety components together in a comprehensive, connected plan to best protect the infrastructure.
Electronic access control systems offer several advantages over traditional locks and keys. Badges, tokens, or cards limit access to a facility to only individuals with these devices. For example, companies can restrict employees access to certain areas, or program security systems to limit access to only specific times (i.e. few hours before and after a scheduled event for vendors or delivery people).
The new Women’s Hospital in Winnipeg is part of the city’s Health Sciences Centre, the area’s largest hospital, which also serves residents of northwest Ontario and Nunavut. Construction on the hospital began in 2011, with the new state-of-the-art facility expected to open this fall after a total investment of $235 million. At over 27,870 m2 (300,000 sf), the new hospital will be more than three times the size of the current Women’s Pavilion.
The industrial-commercial-institutional (ICI) construction world is becoming increasingly competitive, with a massive pool of companies competing over a much smaller pool of high valued contracts. In the past, competitive advantage involved either maintaining a reputation for producing the highest quality of work or being the lowest bidder. Today, owners across Canada have begun revising their prequalification process and this has created a new competitive edge for ICI construction businesses: demonstrating best-in-class safety performance.
Many architects, and specifications writers spend long stretches of time at a desk in an office, and are potentially exposed to numerous other work situations that present health and safety hazards when out in the field. There is an entire series of regulations that apply to construction projects, many of which apply to representatives of architectural firms while onsite. It is recommended that architectural firms be familiar with the act and with regulations that apply not only to industrial and construction environments, but also to their own practices. Act and Regulations can be accessed here.
Lightning packs a powerful punch. A single bolt carries up to 100 million volts of electricity and has the power to rip through roofs, explode walls of brick and concrete, wreak havoc with circuitry and ignite deadly fires.
What can be done to help ensure buildings are safe from winter’s harm? A cost-effective and environmentally conscious way to defend buildings from the damaging effects of winter is the installation of reliable, high-quality, self-regulating heating cables.