A custom guard shack is the best way to ensure safety and security for your property, business, or facility – architecturally and functionally. A proper station ensures that your security personnel has the tools, the protection, and – yes – the comfort they need to stay at the top of their game.
At B.I.G. Enterprises, we design and manufacture guard shacks and security booths to meet the specific needs of our clients. The right security station must be custom built in order to ensure that it is the right size and blends in with the style of your location. But it is the features you choose to include that can make all the difference in how effective your security team ultimately performs.
Here are some of the best features to include in your custom guard shack design.
If you need around the clock security at your location, or if there is some distance between the desired placement of your guard shack and a main facility, you’ll want to include a restroom in your guard shack.
There are various options for restrooms, including self-contained systems and commercial wall mount systems. You can choose to install a double unit for male and female employees, as well as units that meet handicap requirements.
If your security booth faces potential high-level ballistic threats, it is imperative that you provide your personnel with the proper protection. From bullet-resistant glass and reinforced plated walls and flooring to gun ports, transaction drawers and trays, your custom guard shack design should take into consideration all possible threats. Additional safety to protect against weapons use includes intercoms, gun ports and hardened floors, roofing, air conditioning units, cameras, and data & communication ports.
If your booth is in a high-risk environment, such as a nuclear facility, you’ll want to invest in a Bullet & Blast Resistant structure, known as a BBRE. These guard shack designs include resistance to explosive devices, defensive features such as slide-open gun ports, and exterior blinding lights.
An HVAC system ensures that your security staff can operate year-round, regardless of the weather conditions. Not all HVAC systems are alike; a variety of options are available depending on your needs and your general climate. Wall-mounted combination cooling and heating units, ductless as well as ducted split systems, high output heaters, and baseboard heaters are all available for colder climates, while exhaust vents, ceiling vents, and installed AC units are available for warmer environments. For all-weather locations, combination systems and advanced thermostat controls can provide the ultimate in comfort for security professionals.
HVAC systems are not only about comfort; maintaining consistent temperatures and controlling the humidity in your guard booth can prevent mold and mildew build-up, preserve the interior materials, and reduce your long-term maintenance costs. Our systems also meet every US State energy code requirement.
When you’re finalizing your custom guard shack design, it is important to make sure that the design works within the existing aesthetic style of the location. That’s why it’s important to have a wide range of custom finishes at your disposal. This could include stucco, brick, cultured stone, stainless steel, or wood trim exterior materials, as well as custom drawers, shelves, cabinetry, and flooring.
You also want to ensure that your guard shack is outfitted with any practical features needed given the location. For example, if you need your booth to be portable, you may want to include fork-lift pockets.
At B.I.G. Enterprises, we set the industry standard for the highest quality security booths. We are experts when it comes to prefabricated guard shack booths and pride ourselves on our ability to create custom units that suit any application. In addition to our unwavering commitment to quality, we offer an extensive selection of features to make your guard shack unique, from aesthetic improvements to bullet-resistant reinforcements.
Get started on your custom guard shack design today by contacting our team for a free estimate.