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Security Upgrades Made to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Contact: Catherine Bonfiglio, 704-336-4936

Security upgrades to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (CMGC) have been completed and are now in effect. As in the past, visitors to the CMGC will continue to be screened for security purposes. Under the new system, building entrants will pass through a metal detector at public entrances on the lobby level.
Changes to security at the CMGC include:

  • Installation of metal detectors at public entrances on the lobby level; detection will occur anytime during the building’s operating hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and for any afterhours public meeting.
  • Relocation of the public entry on the plaza side to the lobby center. The current entry location near Showmars will be closed.
  • Installation of security turnstiles (similar to equipment used in other Uptown buildings) at basement and loading dock employee entrances.
  • Installation of a lobby security turnstile to provide employee entrance from the plaza.

According to Building Maintenance Superintendent Sue Rutledge, the installation of the new security measures is not a result of the DNC. “We have actually been planning and have had security upgrades budgeted for quite some time,” Rutledge said. “We identified measures that we intended to take after the 9/11 attacks, and it has been an implementation process over time.” Earlier this year, City Council approved $468,000 for the upgrades. Those costs were split between the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.