Safer School Design: Solving Current Challenges with Best Practices and Innovative Materials

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Live webinar airing on February 29, 2024 at 2:00 PM EST
Sponsored by Technical Glass Products (TGP)
Presented by Ken Cook, BSME, MBA, CPD, David Vermeulen and Thom Zaremba

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how a multilayered approach to school safety and security improves the overall effectiveness of a complete security plan.
  2. Explore how hardened exteriors, entry vestibule and shelter-in-place locations work together in a comprehensive security strategy.
  3. Illustrate key considerations when choosing security-rated materials.
  4. Gain a better understanding of multifunctional, fire-rated glazing’s role in school security.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
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This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
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Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
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Designing safer schools is complex and nuanced. While building codes have yet to adopt a set standard, reputable best-practice recommendations can help guide building professionals in enhancing school security. This course will overview these best practices and discuss how architects can effectively apply them to school design. At the end of the course, participants will understand how to plan a building with multiple layers of security, how these layers interact with each other and key considerations to make when choosing security-rated materials. In doing so, attendees will be better equipped to improve the safety and security their school projects offer.


Photo courtesy of Technical Glass Products


Ken Cook, BSME, MBA, CPD, is Director of National School Safety and Advocacy, Allegion. In addition to leading Allegion’s efforts in assisting school districts, Cook serves on the Advisory Council for the Partner for Safer Schools Alliance (PASS) technical committee and chairs the Outreach Committee, and on the Security Industry Association (SIA) school safety committee.


David Vermeulen is North America Sales Director of Technical Glass Products (TGP). With over 20 years of industry experience, Vermeulen is also the author of the Fired Up blog on Glass Magazine.


Thom Zaremba is a partner at Roetzel & Andress and code consultant for the National Glass Association and its Glazing Industry Code Committee. He has helped develop building codes and standards for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the International Code Council (ICC), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and others.


Technical Glass Products (TGP) Technical Glass Products (TGP), a division of Allegion, is the leader in fire-rated glass and frames, offering the FireLite® family of ceramic glazing, Pilkington Pyrostop® transparent wall panels, Fireframes® fire-rated framing and TGProtect® multifunctional glazing assemblies.


Originally published in February 2024