Cubicle life is never fun, exactly, but at least it can be safe. New systems help shield your workplace from disaster
With 85 percent of the nation's office buildings in private hands and a spaghetti snarl of local and state building codes, no federal mandate can make all of America's buildings disaster-proof. But architects and engineers are creating a new generation of "smart" offices that not only keep intruders out but protect occupants from chemical and biological attacks.
Sensors wirelessly connect to control boxes that isolate affected areas and begin pumping clean air into the building.