50 United Nations Plaza
Foley Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
Pentagon Renovation
San Francisco Federal Building
William K. Nakamura U.S. Federal Courthouse
Calexico Port of Entry
U.S. Federal Courthouse
VA Medical Center Wade Park CARES Tower

Because of our experience with major Federal agencies’ structural blast mitigation criteria, our counsel to clients is responsive and highly attuned to individual need.

Hinman engineers have written or contributed to the development of blast protection standards for various agencies including the U.S. Department of State and the General Services Administration (GSA). We’ve made revisions to the Interagency Security Committee (ISC) Security Design Criteria, as well as contributed to the recently released Risk Management Series of publications issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Our expertise allows for effective and cost-sensitive protective design approaches. 

Hinman has performed site investigations, vulnerability assessments and analysis on hundreds of  Federal properties, both new and existing. We estimated the extent of damage, as well as the potential casualties  from various size threats and scenarios. Our results allowed our clients to evaluate security upgrade measures, develop effective evacuation plans, and rearrange buildings' functional layouts to increase asset protection and save lives. 

Issues we address include: perimeter security, window upgrades, exterior wall and column protection and interior vulnerable area protection. 

We have extensive experience implementing protective design measures, performing blast design, vulnerability assessments and retrofit design for private clients, critical infrastructure and the following Federal Agencies:

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of the Navy
  • U.S. General Services Administration
  • U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Customs Border Patrol
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • U.S. Federal Reserve Bank

Hinman’s facility portfolio encompasses such diverse buildings as airports, offices, residences, educational institutions, and high-tech laboratories.


Sub Sectors

General Services Administration

The General Services Administration (GSA) is a pioneer in the design of integrated, attractive and secure buildings. Hinman's relationship with the GSA began at the Oklahoma City bombing site where Eve Hinman was recognized as an expert and given access to study damages. 

In 1995, she participated in a Blue Ribbon GSA Physical Security review panel, and later contributed to the Structural Design chapter of the original GSA Security Criteria document. In March of 1996, she taught security workshops to all eleven GSA regional offices. 

Hinman implemented blast-mitigating techniques for the first major Federal projects following the introduction of Federal security guidelines; the Renovation of the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center and Federal building in Washington, DC, and the design of the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse in Las Vegas, NV. 

Hinman continues to develop new and innovative blast-mitigation solutions for Federal projects and has worked on the renovation and upgrade design of over 125 existing GSA buildings, as well as over 60 new GSA facility and courthouse design projects. 

We have worked with the GSA to develop new initiatives for saving lives during emergencies, including a testing and training program that examines firefighters’ access through blast-resistant windows systems. In addition, we have supported the GSA with window and product testing on several projects.

Case Study:  SF Federal Building

Veterans Affairs

Hinman has worked consistently with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)  and their design teams over the past few years to implement new facility physical security design requirements. We have worked with the VA to determine criteria in concert with their Physical Security Assessment for Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities task group guidance document. With the issuance of their criteria documents, such as the Physical Security Design Manual (PSDM) for VA Facilities for Mission Critical and Life-Safety facilities, we have continued to promote a dialogue with the VA in interpreting and implementing criteria by leveraging our experience designing eleven campus projects over seven years.

Customs & Border Protection

Border stations and ports of entry are critical points of national protection and are subject to both ISC and CBP requirements. Hinman’s knowledge of the various agencies’ criteria and defensive design techniques allows us to make site-specific recommendations to provide appropriate blast mitigating protection for all stakeholders.

Hinman worked with the General Services Administration and Customs & Border Patrol (CBP), to develop custom security recommendations for border stations at Tucson and San Luis, Arizona, and Calexico, El Centro and San Ysidro, California and are familiar with stakeholder needs and requirements. As part of these projects, Hinman addressed physical security issues related to site planning, landscape design, architecture, space planning, structural and mechanical engineering.