Guard booths and shelters are indoor or outdoor prefabricated rooms or buildings which help protect one or more employees, security equipment and revenue access control equipment from the elements or from assault, vandalism or theft in a variety of applications. They may be installed at ground level, slightly raised or even elevated above ground. Most of the ones ECI furnishes and installs are fixed; others are portable. Many have restrooms.
Security options include:
- High security locks
- Access control devices
- Protective Roll Down Shutters
- Security screens
- Bullet-proof glass
- Exterior Lighting
- Ballistic rated construction materials (doors, windows, walls and roof)
Both sizes and layouts are customizable and there are many interior and exterior finish options available. H.V.A.C. units to fit the size of the shelter help control climate. Built in and plumbed restrooms are optional as is factory installed electrical wiring.
According to Wikipedia, guardhouses “…are generally placed at the entrance as checkpoints for securing, monitoring and maintaining access control into the secured facility. In the case of small to mid-sized facilities, generally, the entire physical security envelope is controlled from…” them.
A myriad of terms are used to refer to Guard Booths and Shelters. These include: Attendant Booths, Control Booths, Guard Shacks, Guard Towers, Guard Buildings, Guard Houses, Guardhouses, Guard Building , Gate Houses, Kiosks, Lifeguard Towers, Look Out (i.e. Forest Service, Jails, etc.) Towers, Observation Towers, Parking Booths, Parking Attendant Booth, Security Booths, Security Guard Booths, Security Building, Sentry Building, Shelters, Toll Booths, Valet Booths, Watch Houses, etc.
Here is a gallery of guard booths installed by ECI in the greater Chicago land area.
Starting at the top left, from left to right:
The guard booth for Abbott Laboratories in Abbott Park, IL is 6’ x12’. The corners are rounded and downspouts were an addition.
The Waste Management (Iron Street) guard booth in Chicago, IL is 6’ by 8’ with a custom paint color, satellite glass and seam room.
Abbott Laboratories’ guard booth in North Chicago, IL is 6’ by 10’. The brick here matches the building brick and the fascia was extended.
The guard booth for Diageo in Plainfield, IL is 6’ by 8’ and the brick facade also matches the main building’s brick. An extended fascia is used to hides the AC unit on the roof.
The booths (one not shown) for Park Ridge’s (IL) Advocate Lutheran Hospital are each 6’ by 8’. Once again, custom brick matches the building’s bricks.
The U.S. Post Office’s guard booth in Chicago, IL is 4′ by 10′. It is on a raised platform with stairs leading up to the shelter. Custom paint matches the post office blue color.
Again, starting at the top left, from left to right:
The Tootsie Roll guard booth is 4′ x 6′ and boasts custom colors as well as a hip (sides gently slope down to the walls) roof.
This 4′ x 4′ in Chicago on North Broadway Avenue is slightly smaller and suited for a single person.
Northshore Gas’ 6′ x 8′ booth in Chicago is built on a platform, has an extended fascia and replaced an existing guard building.
Moody Church’s 4’ x 8’ guard booth in Chicago was equipped with attractive colonial windows. It has a metal standing seam (raised vertical seams that rise above the flat panels) roof.
In Morton Grove, IL this 6’ x 8′ guard booth is located at Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals in Morton Grove, IL. Exterior lighting is included and it’s the brick facade matches the building’s brick.
Nestles Food’s guard building in DeKalb, IL is the largest in the group at 10′ x 18′. The height is extended and it has a restroom, tinted windows and the HVAC unit matches that of the main building.