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Sandy Hook School Architect Testifies in Front of Congress About School Safety

Jay Brotman, a partner at Svigals + Partners presented CPTED design concepts to Congress. Brotman is the architect responsible for the new design of the Sandy Hook School.

Brotman noted “ features, while vital and necessary, should be as invisible as possible and incorporated into the school’s design.” This approach is integrated into every project that Glasser Security Group participates in.

“There’s a rain garden with a sunken rock 'river,' along the entire front of the school–creating a moat of sorts, that is clearly not friendly to cars or people. The design then has three small footbridges to cross the rain garden to enter the school, which also controls entry, the children are unaware about the security benefits provided by the rain garden—and they don’t need to know. This small but impactful example shows the value of taking a comprehensive, design—centered approach to school security. It is a highly specific answer to multiple physical and emotional considerations at once.” 

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