Why Do You Need a Guard House For Your Business?


Guard houses are buildings generally found at the front of a facility, which houses their security personnel.  A guard house provides a calm, comfortable environment for the officers inside to survey the surrounding area, often acting as an access control point at the property's entrance.  Guard houses can help any facility bolster its physical security presence; however, they are frequently found at military installations, government buildings, transportation hubs, corporate headquarters, school systems, and entertainment venues.   This post will discuss how guard houses strengthen physical security and why they are beneficial for your business. 

Why Do We Need a Guard House?  

Prefabricated guard houses are a fast and convenient way to upgrade your facility's physical security.  Delivered pre-assembled, ready for easy installation, a guard house can serve as an access control point to the entrance of your facility, monitoring vehicles and screening for threats.

For Panel Built, despite manufacturing and supplying pre-assembled, prefabricated guard house solutions, they are offered in highly flexible and customizable designs.  Many Panel Built guard house projects incorporate various physical security tools to help protect their business.  Traffic arms, retractable gates, bollards, stoplights, fences, and more can be incorporated into the access control point as a whole, depending on the needs of your facility. 

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What Do You Need Out of Your Guard House? 
Because every project and business is different, Panel Built offers many different options for our guard houses.  We understand that our customers are in a time crunch in some cases and need a guard house solution at a moment's notice.  For this situation, Panel Built offers a "quick ship" version of our buildings using all stock parts.  Our Quick Ship Guard Booths are a streamlined approach to our buildings and are offered in standard sizes from 4'x4' to 6'x8'.  However, in cases where a booth is needed as quickly as possible, Panel Built generally have a stock of 4'x4' and 4'x6' booths available.  Call in at 800.636.3873 to get info on our currently in-stock booths
Beyond our quick ship solutions, Panel Built custom designs and fabricates the rest of our guard house buildings 100% to customer specifications.  For example, a low-security facility may not require too many additional features but can need a unique design, depending on the layout of the security entrance.  With many of our buildings installed into existing facilities, Panel Built offers our customers a variety of ways to adapt the building's layout.  Panel Built can incorporate interior countertops, HVAC systems, baseboard heaters, restrooms, and more to best outfit your building.  These features allow businesses to create a fully functioning workspace inside their guard house for the officer to work efficiently and comfortably. 
High threat level facilities can require a specialized guard house solution.  Military bases and government facilities take full advantage of access control points at their facility entrances, typically with multiple officers screening inside and under vehicles, as well as authenticating IDs.  Because these facilities can be terrorist targets, extra steps need to be taken to help protect the officers inside the building. For this application, Panel Built can fabricate guard houses from a fully welded steel design with ballistic rated wall materials. Panel Built ballistic rated buildings are designed to predesignated bullet resistance levels based on UL-752, NIJ, & STANAG standards.  These guard houses form a bullet-resistant envelope around the officers to better protect them in potentially dangerous situations.  Further, gun ports can be incorporated into the building's wall design to allow the officers to defend themselves against the threat from inside.  These features are generally reserved for high-level military and government installation. 
Overall, there are several reasons that you need a guard house for your business. No matter what type of company you run, protecting your employees creates a more safe and comfortable work environment for everyone.  Further, installing a guard house at your facility entrance shows that your company places emphasis on physical security. When a would-be threat sees this, they are more likely to move along and find a more vulnerable target.   In this way, guard houses can serve as a deterrent to potential future crimes.  

If you are interested in installing a guard house into your facility, let us know!  We are more than happy to put together a quote for your building and help answer any questions or concerns that you may have along the way.  You can give us a call at 800.636.3873, send us an email to info@panelbuilt.com, or let us know in our LiveChat feature in the bottom-right of the page.  
Panel Built, Inc. is a modular construction company with over 25 years in the business, working on projects in all 50 states and internationally. Panel Built operates under one primary mission, "To Solve Our Customers' Space Needs With Excellence And Great Customer Service."