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METRO Facility Security Enhancement Plan

RS&H assisted METRO, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas, in developing a Facility Security Enhancement Plan to improve security at all of the agency’s facilities. The team reviewed METRO’s existing security infrastructure and related efforts to gain a better understanding of the security components currently in place at various facilities, such as park-and-ride lots, transit centers, bus operating facilities, METRORail, and METRO’s new administration building. The team also evaluated the implementation of various security components, such as CCTV cameras, intelligent video, remote perimeter sensing devices, and access control devices. Then, the team recommended a combination of these technologies to meet METRO’s unique security needs.

RS&H developed a strategy document that consisted of a summary of METRO’s existing facility security infrastructure and response capabilities including, identification of security threats and problems at specific METRO facilities, discussion of areas of vulnerability or exposure, facility security needs and requirements, and a discussion of issues associated with the detailed design and deployment of the plan. Critical issues and strategies include the following components:

  • Technology Selection
  • Control Software
  • Data Management Requirements
  • TranStar Security Console
  • Implementation and Deployment Issues
  • Training Needs
  • Applicable Standards and Codes

The strategy document will be used to help guide further development and implementation of the Facility Security Enhancement Plan. Next steps in the project include development of a concept of operations for the project, development of detailed functional specifications, and identification of and appropriated procurement strategy for a Systems Integrator to design and implement the project.

Aviation Safety Management

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) was authorized as part of the Vision 100-Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) executed a contract with the National Academies, acting through its Transportation Research Board (TRB), to serve as manager of the ACRP. Program oversight and governance are provided by representatives of airport operating agencies.

Working with the TRB through the ACRP, RS&H developed a synthesis document to review safety management and security operations at general aviation airports across the United States. The study focused on airports that primarily accommodate general aviation activity (outside of TSA Part 1542 and FAR Part 139 requirements).

Safety management is defined as policies and procedures/practices designed to protect the safety of an airport’s users, visitors, and employees (not infrastructure, design standards, or OSHA standards). Security practices are defined as policies and procedures/practices designed to protect the security of aircraft, facilities, and persons in the airport environment from criminal, terrorist, or other threats.

RS&H surveyed airports, fixed-base operators, and universities to gather information regarding the current practice of aviation safety and security. Then, we conducted follow-up interviews to identify those airports that had unique policies and procedures in place. The synthesis report identified the costs and benefits associated with various safety measures and security practices, as well as the trade-offs that are made by general aviation airport operators and tenants in determining which practices to implement.

Jacksonville International Airport Security Services

RS&H served as the lead architect/engineer for the design of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) pilot program for integrated baggage screening at Jacksonville International Airport. The system was the first Hold Baggage Screening and Handling System to include a fully integrated Explosive Detection System (EDS) for screening of all checked luggage. This system also included a sophisticated multiple air carrier sortation conveyor system that received all airline checked luggage either from the ticket counter or curbfront, merged the bags into a single EDS screening room, circulated the bags through the screening process, and then returned the bags to the respective carriers. The team also implemented a Radio Frequency Identification system (RFID) for the positive tracking of bags through the entire system.

The integrated baggage screening systems was honored by the Florida Department of Transportation as the project of the year in aviation. Later, as a part of a significant terminal expansion project, RS&H assisted the airport in increasing the system’s capacity by modifying the original design to include screening pods in each terminal wing.

Other security services at Jacksonville International Airport have included the design and construction administration for the airport’s centralized security checkpoint expansion. This project consolidated three passenger screening checkpoints into one central area and provided all the features and adequate space for the TSA’s operation. RS&H also performed a site assessment for airport’s security systems, designed and implemented a computer controlled access and CCTV system, and assisted the airport with the development of bid documents and securing the necessary federal grant funding. Additionally, RS&H performed a blast analysis that permitted the airport to re-occupy their parking facility with little disruption.

Managed Services Data Center, Tier II

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Peak 10 is a managed services company with multiple world-class data centers across the United States. All data centers are designed to operate 24/7 with N+1 power and cooling infrastructures.

RS&H has provided full architectural/engineering design and construction administration services, for the build-outs of Peak 10 Data Center within raw leased space located in suburban areas across the nation. To date, the team has deployed data centers in the following locations:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Louisville, KY
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Richmond, KY
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Franklin, TN
  • Cincinnati, OH

A typical build-out includes multiple Tier-2 Internet carriers, more than 10,000 square-feet of raised computer floor, 3MW standby power capacity, 2.25MW uninterruptible power capacity, multiple 150kVA PDU’s, grounding per TIA-607 Standard, 900 tons of cooling capacity, multiple levels of security, double interlock pre-action and clean agent fire suppression, early warning smoke detection, fully integrated monitoring and controls, and hardening of the building perimeter to resist natural disasters.

Terremark Network Access Point Facility

RS&H designed the Network Access Point (NAP) del Caribe project as a prototype solution for Terremark at the Cyber Park of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. The facility was designed to house a centralized platform offering world-class carrier-neutral connectivity for Internet service providers, communication companies, enterprise customers, research networks, and government entities.

The 82,275-square-foot NAP facility sits on a 6.5-acre site and contains a 41,000-square-foot raised floor data hall surrounded by an equipment gallery. The design followed Tier IV Data Center parameters as defined by the Uptime Institute with power and cooling solutions to support the hall. The prototype also incorporated multiple levels of security and hardened resistance to natural disasters and physical forces, such as building shell components designed to withstand 200-mph winds and ballistic threats, blast-resistant protection incorporated into the loading dock area, and an underground cistern to serve as a back-up for municipal domestic and fire protection utilities.  

The facility also included a “visitor’s tour” pathway featuring elevated walkways, electric privacy glass, and specialty lighting to provide the public with secure views of the colocation floor, data storage, network operations center, and other building features.