Don’t Fence Me In
Here’s how perimeter systems can fit with open campus environments.
Most colleges, universities and hospitals exist in open campus environments. Does this mean that control of access onto campus grounds must be sacrificed? No. It just means that the design and role of fences in an open campus must change.
Rather than preventing access, fences in open campus environments are designed to limit the number of access points to areas where that activity can be observed and or recorded. Fences will also be used in conjunction with landscaping features to create boundaries that blend with campus architecture and the feeling of openness.
Here are a few guidelines that can help perimeter systems fit with open campus environments:
1. Use fences and architectural features to limit access to areas designed specifically for that purpose.
2. Formalize entrances through uses of archways, changes in roadway pavers or other devices to clearly mark campus boundaries
3. Use the best no-cut no-climb fence materials in areas that have high vulnerability or those that offer few surveillance opportunities.
4. Use fences and landscaping to guide movements onto and through the campus.
5. Use fences and landscaping to deny quick access to secluded areas around entry points.
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