Founded in 1927, St. Peter School in Merchantville, New Jersey is a private, Catholic school serving 300 students from pre-K through 8th grade. The current facility was built in 1951 and consists of two stories plus a fully-utilized basement. In addition to classrooms, the school has a library, science lab, and nurse’s office, as well as media, music, and fine arts rooms.
As with many older facilities, the school needed to develop a comprehensive security and communication plan across its three levels and multiple entrance points. And, given budgeting challenges, the solution needed to be a phased approach across multiple fiscal years.
After an extensive site and vendor capability assessment, CM3 proposed an integrated access control and intercom system with lockdown capabilities.
Although the initial project was developed prior to New Jersey’s Alyssa’s Law, St. Peter School and CM3 anticipated the need for a lockdown solution and incorporated that proactive objective into the security plan.
The proposed solution incorporated a phased, multi-year installation program to accommodate budgeting objectives while immediately enhancing security. And, the selected products leveraged open-architecture technologies which enabled future expansion and adaptation.