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Security Overview

Security Overview

By David M. Brown

The common areas at Optima Kierland have security cameras monitoring the entrances, the parking garage and other public areas — as do most contemporary condo communities. In addition, electronic locks are installed at all entry doors of the luxury high-rise community which is located on 9.5 acres in Northeast Phoenix.

The Optima Kierland sales tower includes a 12-story condominium tower with 220 residences (ranging from one to five bedrooms) and two levels of underground parking. The Optima Kierland leasing tower includes 150 homes that range from studios to three-bedroom units. Prices for sales tower units begin in the low $300,000s.

Surveillance systems

“The camera entry system enables residents to see who is requesting access to the building before they remotely permit access,” said David Hovey Jr., president of Optima, a Scottsdale-based company that develops, designs and builds luxury residential communities in Illinois and Arizona.

The video feeds are displayed on a monitor in a central security location and can be accessed in real time if necessary. “Our onsite staff monitors them closely to ensure they are working properly,” Hovey said.

Developed by Liv URBN, a joint venture between Denver-based Baron Properties, a residential real estate investor and developer in the Phoenix and Denver markets, and Denver-based Haselden Construction, the Contour on Campbell condominium community is scheduled to open in early 2018. Located at 2300 East Campbell Avenue in Phoenix, the 111-unit luxury community will have one- and two-bedroom condominiums (ranging from 1,000 to 1,700 square-feet) that are currently set to be priced from the $300,000s.

Contour on Campbell will have high-tech surveillance cameras in the parking areas and at the main entrances to provide security for the community’s residents, said Nikki Erbele, director of acquisitions and development for Liv URBN.

Contour on Campbell will contract with a third-party monitoring company for the HOA. “The third-party will manage and maintain the system and a security management team will physically check to ensure everything is secure within the system,” she said.

High-tech infrastructure

Jeff Beall, president of Digital Commercial Systems, Phoenix, designed and built the system as well as the data communications infrastructure and the audio/visual systems.

“The access control system will provide a key-fob or card credential for each resident and property management,” he said. This system will control all perimeter doors, amenity areas and the parking garage.

Each unit will have a smart-lock with a touchscreen keypad that can be accessed remotely via a smartphone. The owner enters a code enabling himor her to disarm the security system, activate lights and even adjust the thermostat, Beall said. Each of the condo buyers will be offered an individual system from Alarm.com and GE Security which can be monitored by Digital for a monthly fee.

Restricted access

“Contour is a highly secure building with restricted access into the garage,” Erbele said. Future residents will use a fob to gain access at all points and guests to the building will be granted access by their host via the same fob.

“Liv URBN Development believes security and safety is a large concern for our homeowners, especially in urban settings,” she said. “An efficient and functional security system is a priority in our design.”

At Optima Kierland, each home has also been configured for individual security systems.

“We wanted to make it convenient for our residents to install an additional level of security in their personal space, if desired,” Hovey said. “With this and the other components of our security system, we want to provide both peace of mind and ease of access for residents and their guests.”

“An efficient and functional security system is a priority in our design.”