CFM&D - May 26, 2014 - High-security environments are facilities where the occupant’s operations are highly sensitive in nature. To minimize risk, they are typically monitored 24/7 by security staff, other personnel or electronic means. These include government ministries, airports, police services and payment processing and currency management operations. This is also true for single-tenant buildings such as nuclear facilities, courthouses, jails and government buildings.
Fit-out work in high-security facilities comes with the following special considerations:
To visit the facility, each person involved in the project must receive a criminal background check and clearance approval through a profile screening service, which is ultimately verified through the Canadian Police Information Centre database. Facility management service providers may have their own system. Infrastructure Ontario has its own security screening program for contractors, consultants and service providers, led by the Ministry of Government Services. Security is required at all times.
Drawings can’t leave the premises and photos are not allowed, making co-ordination of work extraordinarily challenging. Without the ability to email this information, many more face-to-face meetings take place, usually on-site. Proactive planning with all stakeholders needs to be considered, during all stages of the project.