First To Market S Rated Bollards

Bollard Warehouse, Inc. is the licensed Manufacturer of the TrafficGuard®, Inc. ASTM F3016 crash tested bollard line.

Being the first bollard company to test and bring to market ASTM F3016 bollard solutions we have developed a deep knowledge base on bollard installation and perimeter security. We have worked tirelessly to develop the right combination of functional bollards paired with minimally invasive foundations to provide both safety and cost effectiveness. With an industry leading 20 ASTM F3016 tests and counting, we provide numerous HDPE Removable Lockable Bollards and fixed tested bollard options that can address a wide range of safety concerns as well as site specific installation concerns. In the coming months we will begin testing bollards in core drilled slab scenarios that will enable end users to secure their perimeter over night.

As S rated bollard become more functional and easier to install, they will gain more traction in a wide variety of applications and will likely be more widely adopted as Cities begin to adopt requirements surrounding the ASTM F3016 standard. Insurance carries will also play a role as the begin to incentivize their customers to install S rated bollard solutions in areas of vulnerability. Those areas will often be entry points to facilities where people are at risk injury or death from a vehicle incursion or to protect critical utilities and expensive equipment that is vulnerable to a vehicle incursion.

Another area of focus for Bollard Warehouse is to provide product that is less maintenance intensive by using materials or finishes that are less likely to corrode and more likely to maintain their strength over time. Stainless steel or a hot dipped galvanized finish. Hot-dip galvanization is the process of coating steel with zinc, which alloys with the surface of the base metal when immersing the metal in a bath of molten zinc at a temperature of around 449 °C (840 °F). These options will help to ensure the efficacy of a security bollard over time.

Spring Kicks Off With Campus Safety Upgrades

Safety bollards at Merced College. Photo courtesy of Merced College.

Layout modifications for Merced College have rolled out in the spring semester with a focus on student safety. The relocation of police services, as well as the installation of bollards in major walkways on campus, were initiated to promote a more secure environment for students and staff.

“We’re trying to be as proactive as possible,” Vice President of Administrative Services Joe Allison said. “We wanted to bring together police, fire, EMT and criminology all in one place. Locations for classes, plus the need for more space gave us the opportunity to make a more accessible location.”

At the suggestion of the Merced College Superintendent/President Chris Vitelli, this allows for more of a one-stop location for all major services on campus. The campus police are now located in Tri-College Building 4, with the building open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and services accessible until 11 p.m.

Allison said the bollards, now located at major walkways across campus, offer an extra layer of protection for students and staff. Limiting vehicle access on campus can help prevent major injuries and serve as a deterrent in using vehicles as potential weapons.

Another new addition to the campus was the completion of the electric vehicle charging stations for personal automobiles. The stations, which were built through a grant offered to Merced College, were installed with the intention of reducing our carbon footprint and a conscious movement to stay ahead of the curve in regards to long-term sustainability. They are located in Lot P3, directly across from the pool.

— Alessandria Pedretti

This article was originally found on mccd.edu