Pentagon gets new US$6M visitor entrance
By Canadian SecurityNews Public Sector
A new entrance for visitors to the Pentagon includes enhanced technologies and has greater capacity to safely screen more than 1,000 daily visitors for hazardous, contraband, and unauthorized material before they enter the Pentagon. All visitors and Pentagon tour participants are now screened and processed in an area separate from Pentagon employees entering the building.
The new facility opened on Mar. 7.
“This facility takes us to the next level of security screening and will enable us to better protect Pentagon employees and visitors in an evolving threat environment,” said Steven E. Calvery, director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.
The facility is operated by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency and includes queuing areas, badging stations, interview rooms, and screening areas equipped with modern screening technology.
The facility took three years to complete from design to opening and cost approximately US$6.46M. PFPA is a civilian Defense Agency within the Department of Defense charged with protecting and safeguarding the occupants, visitors, and infrastructure of the Pentagon and other DoD facilities in the National Capital Region.
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