Custom Architectural Bollard - courtesy FEMA

Custom Architectural Bollard – courtesy FEMA

CBC in Canada recently ran an article entitled “How cities are being redesigned to protect pedestrians from vehicles“. The article discusses security bollards which are designed to protect buildings and more importantly people from vehicle attacks using cars or trucks.

A manager who runs a foundry in British Columbia was said to comment how decorative security bollards have become the main focus of their business in a growing security conscious worldwide environment. He is quoted in the article: “The bollard business for us is thriving, it’s now our No. 1 sales product.”

Security Bollards Come In Various Forms

Although some bollards are merely a concrete form or concrete poured into a metal container others are decorative. We recently installed bollards with stainless steel covers for the Social Security Administration in Chicago as discussed in my blog article: “K12 Security Bollards for the Social Security Administration”.

Some bollards serve a dual purpose. I recently saw a pole embedded in a security bollard in front of a Walgreens Pharmacy supporting handicap parking signage. Others have lighting fixtures included. Architects are presently designing extremely decorative bollards to disguise the inner construction.

We have previously written in this column that vehicle attacks, mainly by terrorists or deranged people, are on the rise throughout the country and the world today. Security bollards have saved lives and will continue to do so.

One clear cut goal is the attempt to balance free public access with the need to provide security for pedestrians and property. Recently security bollards have been made more aesthetically pleasing and functional. We hope this trend continues. Let us gather together and plan accordingly.

ECI can help with your installation of security bollards and other perimeter security. Learn more at our Vehicle Access Control Page. You may also contact us directly at 847.949.0134 or click the box below for direct contact information or to request an estimate.