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By Don Philpott

Within the final decade, greater than three hundred violent deaths have happened in or close to college campuses. This guide seeks to assist a person hooked up with the layout, building, or management of faculties shield our colleges and people inside them via supplying easy-to-follow instructions for development more secure university environments.

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In that sense, the guidelines do not differentiate between new construction and old construction, or between elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and community colleges. The research team recognizes, however, that there are indeed differences among regions of Florida, urban and rural areas, and among design, construction, management, budget, and crime issues that affect each of these levels and types of institutions. Administrators are advised to make specific adjustments based upon the unique need of their school or community college.

The typical city school was one to three stories in height and consisted of rows of classrooms on either side of a wide, noisy corridor lined with metal lockers; there were asphalt play courts, and, sometimes, rooftop recreational areas. The larger schools sometimes had a library, special rooms for art and science, a shop, and an auditorium. The surge to meet the school construction demands of the postwar baby boom was primarily a suburban development. Much larger sites were available, schools were one or two stories in height, auditoriums became multiuse buildings, and large parking lots appeared.

This is not to say that buildings designed and built under the prescriptive-based codes are unsafe, but it is important to understand that the requirements in the prescriptive-based codes are judged to be only the minimum necessary to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare. In some instances, it may be desirable, appropriate, and even necessary to raise the level of safety above the prescribed minimums. FACILIT Y DESIGN 35 Under the prescriptive approach, all schools are essentially treated alike.

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