Example of how common and enhanced security can add-value to tenants of business parks
[GBP Note: We stumbled across this article from the Albuquerque Journal June 2011 but it is a good example of how a common security system throughout a business park can enhance safety, add-value for existing tenants, and attract new businesses.]
Sci-Tech Park To Beef Up Security
By Michael Hartranft / Journal Staff Writer on Sat, Jun 18, 2011
The Sandia Science and Technology Park expects to deploy a new security network over the next few months with the help of a federal grant and a city of Albuquerque and state of New Mexico agreement to use a public utility easement at no charge.
Officials with the State Land Office, a major landowner in the park, the city and the Sandia Science and Technology Park Development Corp. plan to have a ceremony Tuesday to formalize a license agreement providing access to the easement.
“We are always trying to grow the park and attract new business,” said Carl Becker, project engineer for the development corporation. “This security network is one of the key things in the site selection: How secure is the area?”
The park is home to 31 primarily high-tech tenants and 18 buildings, which occupy about half of the 300-acre site off Eubank in southeast Albuquerque.
Becker said the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration has approved a $600,000 grant for security cameras and fiber optic cabling extensions. One of the EDA’s conditions was that the project have a useful life of 10 to 15 years. A previous agreement for use of the easement expires in about two years, Becker said.
“We have a fiber backbone throughout there,” he said. “These cameras will be connected to that, much like the Internet, so we can remotely access them in our office as well as a security company’s office.”
The cameras will be installed in strategic common areas, including two pocket parks, to provide live and recorded surveillance 24-7.
The corporation matched the grant through other security improvements made with state funds, including streetlights and signage.
“Becker said there have been “nagging” vandalism and other security issues at the park over the years. He said last year’s fatal shootings at Emcore reinforced the need for improved security but that negotiations for the grant began long before that incident.
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