Security from A to Z

Designing for Preparedness
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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by CornellCookson
Presented by Heather Bender and Justin Evans

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the importance of integrating closure security in the design process.
  2. Against the multi-use building backdrop, pinpoint key vulnerable areas of access control and highlight secure building design requirements for each of these areas.
  3. Outline key closure solutions to protect against theft, severe weather, vandalism, and fires.
  4. Discuss the importance of architects understanding the pros and cons of each access control option that can be designed into a building to ensure they choose the closure solution for their particular application.
  5. Define when to use visible security as a design deterrent, and when architects should design security that is hidden into the architecture – either to conceal it from occupants (for mental health and wellbeing) or from threats (as an added security measure).


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This course is approved as a Structured Course
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Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
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If there’s anything 2020 taught us, it’s that we need to be prepared for, quite literally, everything. Quarantining for months on end? Check. Murder hornets? Yep. UFO videos released from the Pentagon? Why not?

So why not talk zombie preparedness? When designing buildings, designers and specifiers need to make sure their selected closure solutions (a.k.a. doors) keep structures secure— secure enough even to withstand an apocalypse. If your building can withstand that, it should be able to handle bad actors, tornadoes, high winds, fire, and more.

This webinar will use a multi-use building example to delve into the unique ways architects and designers can incorporate different kinds of closure security into their designs without giving up their desired aesthetic. We will throw a lot at the facility managers – parking issues, unrest, natural disasters, fires and more – and show how different kinds of rolling, sectional, and other closure technologies can protect property and life.

Heather Bender brings her decade of marketing and product management experience to her current role of Strategic Marketing Manager at CornellCookson. In this position, she is responsible for company growth through the management of a diverse portfolio of new products in the research and development stages. She was previously employed by InterMetro Industries in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as a Product Manager. In that role, she managed multi-segment product lines servicing the Foodservice, Healthcare and Commercial industries. Heather graduated with honors from Misericordia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and obtained her Project Management certification from The Pennsylvania State University.

Justin Evans has become a key leader in the garage door industry with nearly 2 decades of experience at Clopay Corporation. In addition to his role of Director of Residential Product Marketing for North America’s largest residential garage door manufacturer, he is a Supplier Director on IDA’s Board of Directors. He has led the effort to transform garage doors from being a useful part of a home to being a key aspect of their design. He is a frequent speaker at the IDA Expo and at various industry events. Justin is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Blackbelt and received his MBA from Xavier University.


CornellCookson Clopay Corporation, the largest manufacturer of overhead doors in North America, owns a number of the world’s leading overhead door brands. Clopay sells residential and commercial sectional garage doors through professional dealers and leading home center retail chains. Rolling steel door and grille products designed for commercial, industrial, institutional and retail use are sold under CornellCookson. Together, Clopay Corporation doors protect and beautify millions of homes and businesses across North America.
Originally published in August 2021