Some Representative Major Projects

Mount Vernon 
(Entire Complex plus Orientation Center and Education Center)
Mount Vernon, Virginia

After designing a security system for the entire campus of Mount Vernon we designed the expansion of that system into the two new buildings . The project involved exhibit case alarms, building alarms, access control systems, and CCTV systems Work also included a re-design of the security control room.

Jamestown Yorktown Foundation exhibition buildings
Williamsburg, Virginia

On a fast track schedule prior to the 400th anniversary of the settling of Jamestown, the Foundation undertook the construction of three buildings and three separate exhibition areas under the design of four separate architects/exhibit designers. We worked on all of the projects. Work involved development of a master plan, a new security control center, and expansion of the new alarm, access control and CCTV system into each of the three buildings. As buildings were completed and exhibition designs were developed we worked with the various exhibit designers on the alarms for exhibit cases in three majo rexhibit areas including the permanent collection, the temporary exhibition area, and the “World of 1607” galleries.

Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Houston, Texas

We have performed various projects for this client including security surveys for main (Law) building, Bayou Bend historic site, downtown (Tenneco) exhibition site, Rosine Conservation Center, Fannon Service Center, Administration Building and the Rienze house museum. We designed the security system for the new Beck Building and Fannon Building (the old building was demolished)
and we designed the security control room that will serve the entire site. We also designed security systems for the Rosnie and Rienze sites, Bayou Bend, and Tenneco. The Beck Building system was one of the largest and most complex systems we have designed as it will eventually serve every building. We recently prepared bid documents and a system design for the auditorium renovation and the library renovation projects. These are out to bid. We are currently on hold in the design of the security system upgrade for the main building, having prepared a design that is in owner review. All projects for this client included project management. In July 2016 we were added to the design team for the new Glassell School and the new art gallery building.

National World War II Museum
New Orleans

The National World War II Museum is a seven phase project to expand the National D-Day Museum into the National world War II Museum. It is currently under construction. It will include nine separate structures and a “parade ground” plus macro exhibits, micro exhibits, a library and archive, an “Four Dimensional” theater, historic USO Cabaret, and other facilities. Our work includes alarms,
access control systems and CCTV systems and will conclude with exhibit case alarms when the interiors are fully designed.

Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.

Various projects including the security system design for the National Museum of the American Indian Collection Resource Center and the programming phase for the NMAI Museum on the Mall in Washington. Projects also included a security survey at the Hirschhorn Museum Sculpture Garden, the historic buildings report for the Arts and Industries Building on the Mall, the SERC Lab renovation
projects, the National Museum of Natural History renovation projects, complete security system upgrade for the National Museum of American History, work on the collections center in Suitland, and other projects over the past 30+ years.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
deYoung Museum
San Francisco, CA

We designed the alarm, access control and CCTV systems for the new deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. A Herzog and deMeuron projects, this project had major challenges which were overcome.

Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston, MA

While the Navy Yard is still a functioning Navy facility, it is also a National Park with a National Park Police station and many historic buildings including the old Marine Barracks and other important sites. We designed an alarm and access control system for this facility as well as upgrades to the police command center and the CCTV system.

Montpelier, Home of President James Madison
Orange, Virginia

Work was recently completed on the restoration of Montpelier, the home of one of our most interesting Presidents. We worked closely with the architectural team to design an alarm, access control and CCTV system that minimized damage to historic fabric and facilitated the telling of the story of President Madison. Work included a Visitor Center and gallery area with exhibits and public accommodations.

Bancroft Doe Library, UC Berkeley
Seismic Upgrade Project
Berkeley, CA

This work involved a total renovation of this very large library building. The facility houses the university’s rare book collection as well as special collections such as the works and personal papers of Mark Twain. Our role involved conducting an initial needs assessment, interfacing with the university Campus Police Department, and determining a secure way of transmitting alarms from the facility to the university’s central station in a manner immune from hacking. The project also involved expanding the central station monitoring stations at Campus Police, designing and specifying a Software House C-Cure point monitoring and access control system, digital based  CCTV system, and integrating both analog and network cameras into one system using power over Ethernet technology and unshielded twisted pair cabling. The system designed uses extensive proximity card access with carefully engineered CCTV monitoring of Reading Room and other areas of the building.

Washington State Historical Museum
Tacoma, Washington

The project involved the restoration of a railroad station to serve as a history museum. We designed the alarm, a complex access control system, and a CCTV system.

Harvard University Museums and Libraries
Cambridge, MA

Over the years, we have done numerous projects for Harvard University’s wonderful cultural institutions. After doing security surveys for the Fogg and Sacker Museums, we designed new alarm, access control and CCTV systems for these museums. We were then retained to work with the museum’s architect to renovate the Harvard Conservation Center at the Fogg and even later we did other renovation related work at the Fogg. When Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies needed a major master plan and security system upgrades, we were choses. After the several year upgrade in which our representative managed the project in Florence, Italy, we were again hired by Villa I Tatti to design object protection systems for the site.

We have done security surveys for two other museum facilities at Harvard including the Museum of Scientific Instruments and the Harvard historic musical instrument collection.

Most recently we began a multi-year project to survey the university libraries including the massive Harvard Depository, the book conservation center, the map collection, rare books, and others. In all, to date, we have surveyed workflow and security procedures as well as physical and electronic security at nine special collection sites. Most recently we have been working at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University.

In 2018 Steve Keller gave a public lecture at Harvard University on the history of rare book and library thefts.

The Menil Collection
Houston, TX

The Menil Collection consists of one main landmark Renzo Piano designed building, four other museum buildings, and eleven additional buildings used for various purposes, all within a mile of each other. The museum used a first generation computer based alarm and access control systems which is now obsolete and outdated. Nearly every device and camera is concealed, and no changes can be made to the building’s appearance due to its status as a Renzo Piano building. Piano is one of the all time greatest architects. We were commissioned to design a security system that would replace and upgrade the existing system and to expand it to all buildings via an underground fiber optic network we were to design. The project has been designed and went to bid. Two bidders were within $65 of our estimate and one qualified bidder was substantially lower. Work is now completed on that project. Since then we prepared a master plan report for the long term upgrade of CCTV systems to full digital. We recently completed design work on the new Menil Drawings Institute and designed a new security control room.

The Jewish Museum of New York
New York, NY

We designed the security system for the Jewish Museum when it was renovated and expanded some years ago. This included designing an access control and CCTV system. This museum has purchased out Pre-Paid Plan for the past five years and we have had an ongoing relationship with them. We have assisted with the upgrade of their window glazing and blast resistance system, their CCTV
system from analog to digital, their exhibit alarm system, their access control system, and other projects. When they had a theft, we were called and we responded to advise them on how to proceed. Since they are a likely target of terrorism, we have consulted many times on this subject.

The Aga Khan Museum and Cultural Center
Toronto, ON

The Aga Khan Center in Toronto, like the Aga Khan Centers around the world, bring Islamic art and culture to the world with the philosophy that we can all we at peace if we understand each other a bit better. This massive museum, cultural center, mosque and sculpture gardens was a unique project. We were retained to function as the owner’s representative for security. When we can=me on board, the electronic systems were under initial design and we were asked to step in and take over from a vendor who was not fully on track. We assisted with the preparation of bid documents, with the bidding process, with construction management, and with final commissioning. After construction we assisted with anti-terrorism and hate crime related issues.

Contemporary Art Center of Virginia
Virginia Beach, VA

When the Virginia CAC was designated by the city and the state as the host venue for a Magna Carta exhibition as part of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, it was apparent that the museum was not ready for this magnitude of special exhibition without immediate and drastic changes. We did a study and recommended alarm, CCTV and control room upgrades and upgraded staffing levels. We also recommended added training for guards. Terrorism considerations also were a concern. When the exhibition approached and it was apparent that the museum lacked the resources to properly secure the exhibit, we waived our fees and donated all of our services in an effort to get the work completed. We also donated the world’s most advanced high tech object alarm system for use on five major exhibit cases and we sent technicians to install them when objects were installed. We worked with police and local
agencies to make the facility ready for the exhibit, which was a subsequent success for the museum.

Polly Rosenbaum Arizona State Archives
Phoenix, AZ

This project involved designing and specifying a state of the art point monitoring and access control system and a digital CCTV system for this Capitol Hill based depository. Special electronics were designed for exterior areas and parking lots and interior systems provided close surveillance of reading room activity. This project involved expanding the owner’s existing General Electric Infographics access system, their existing DVR based CCTV system, and other special systems. A security control room was also designed.

Yale University
Cultural Property Central Station

Yale University has seventeen major cultural properties in need of special alarm and CCTV system monitoring. When cultural property system are monitored from a common Campus Police central station they can be vulnerable by something as simple as a policeman in trouble call which redirects all of the resources of the department away from alarm monitoring and to street level activity. The solution was to design an dedicated central station that serves only cultural institutions. Entities included in this program are the Yale Center for
British Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Beineke Rare Book Library, and other institutions.

This project involved an initial study which recommended establishing a dedicated, highly secure central station staffed by a detail of campus police especially trained on the geography and operations of all of the monitored facilities. Further, the study involved studying the technology in use in all of the properties and recommending a campus cultural property standard and developing an action plan for converting the 17 entities to that standard. Finally, the work involved designing a fully engineered central station for the exclusive monitoring of cultural properties and defining procedures for staff dispatchers to follow while working there. Our work included fully engineered drawings.

Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.

This project involved conducting a master plan study of the special collections libraries at the Library of Congress. These included the Main Reading Room, Manuscript Reading Room and stacks, LaFolette Reading Room; Science Reading Room; Prints and Photographs Reading Room & Stacks; Serials and Government Publications Reading Room; Law Library Reading Room and stacks; Law Rare Books; Colonnade Reading Room and Offices. A report was issued for Congress that resulted in funding of projects.

The Magna Carta

When the Magna Carta traveled to Virginia in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown we were asked to design security for the exhibit and its exhibit cases.

Disney Family Museum
Walt Disney Family Foundation
San Francisco, CA

This project involved designing a burglar alarm, access control and digital CCTV system as well as an object protection system for the personal collections of the Disney family members. The museum is located in an historic building within the Presidio, San Francisco.

The Wilson Library
University of North Carolina
Wilson Library
Chapel Hill, NC

This project involved a feasibility study for upgrading the library’s alarm, access control and CCTV system and expanding it.

National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.

We have performed various projects for the National Gallery including a master plan survey, a master plan security system design, a master plan security control room design, a manpower survey and a White Paper to Congress, with successful funding request for $995,000, We also designed the security systems for the National Sculpture Garden on the Mall, performed other smaller projects.We recently began a major project to upgrade the institution’s access control and CCTV systems and to add a new object protection system.
All projects for this client included project management.

We also designed exhibit case alarms for the Emancipation Proclamation, Dunlop Broadside of the Declaration of independence, the first draft of the U.S. Constitution, the Guttenberg Bible, the Gettysburg Address, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. We’ve protected life works and papers of Mark Twain, the Salem Witch Trial papers, and many other precious and rare cultural assets.

We’ve done projects in concert halls and performing arts centers as well. We designed the alarm, access control and CCTV systems for the Miami-Dade Performing Arts Center for Cesar Pelli Architects and did projects at the Lincoln Center, New York, the Detroit Symphony Hall, Detroit, the Chicago Sympathy, Chicago, Lincoln Center  and other smaller facilities.

Outdoor sculpture garden projects included the Hirschhorn on the Mall in Washington, the National Sculpture Garden on the Mall in Washington, the Nasher Center, Dallas, the Houston MFA Sculpture Garden, Houston, Sunnylands Estate, Palm Springs, and the Aga Khan Museum Sculpture Garden in Toronto.

High security storage facility work included the Manhattan, Southampton, and Newark storage facilities for Crozier Fine Arts, the off site storage facilities for the Art Institute of Chicago, two off site facilities for the Houston MFA, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian storage facility, Suitland, Md., theSmithsonian Institutions main collection center, and others.

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