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GSA Finalizes Site Security Design Guidelines

GSA #10395

September 17, 2007
Contact:  MaryAnne Beatty (202) 501-1231

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. General Services Administration Public Buildings Service has just completed a new publication that establishes guidance, explores various elements and best practices and lays out the process for designing site security at federal facilities. 

“GSA’s highest priority is to provide federal customer agencies with safe, secure and productive workplaces in order to carry out their missions," said David L. Winstead, Commissioner for the Public Buildings Service.  "These guidelines will assist in achieving the best design security solutions, creating a portfolio of buildings that will endure into the future, and improve the communities in which we work.”  

The Site Security Design Guide establishes guidance, explores various elements and best practices, and lays out the process security professionals, designers, and project managers can follow in designing site security at GSA’s federal facilities. The guide’s approach is also applicable to nonfederal facilities as well.

The 152-page guide highlights lessons learned in a variety of test cases from around the nation. It encourages a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach and features numerous photos and images that illustrate methods used to produce safe and productive workplaces. It also pinpoints key security principles that should be integrated into the design process, such as the strategic reduction of risk and long-term development strategy.

GSA follows security standards developed by the Interagency Security Committee that outlines required analysis and performance benchmarks for federal buildings.  The Guide supplements, but does not replace, applicable technical security criteria, analysis tools, and other federal project planning guidance. For more information about the Security Design Guide, visit


Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government.  GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 208,000 vehicles.  GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 425 historic properties, and as manager of, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

Did You Know?  GSA provides world-class workplaces for more than one million people every day, including several thousand facilities nationwide that encompass federal office buildings, courthouses, and ports of entry.

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