SOLVAY USA – Chemical Facility Security

Live Oak Consultants, LLC (LOC) provided Security Consulting and Design Services for a high-priority Chemical Manufacturing Facility in Charleston, SC.

Built in 1897 and located in the historic city of Charleston, Solvay’s Charleston plant on King Street Extension produces ingredients for flame retardants, water treatment, pharmaceuticals, industrial and agricultural applications.

Solvay was required to relocate their primary entry control points for vehicles, railroad and pedestrians, perimeter video surveillance, access control, central monitoring command and control center,  security infrastructure, perimeter security fencing and lighting, vehicle barriers, roadways and parking areas to accommodate right-of-way and easement changes due to the relocation of SCE&G high voltage transmission lines and the addition of a South Carolina Department of Transportation I-26 interchange to the new South Carolina Ports Authority’s Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. Port Terminal.

LOC worked closely with Solvay to develop a comprehensive plan for keeping this sensitive site secure during construction.  The site had existing security infrastructure, equipment and systems which were assessed, modified and expanded to integrate current technology and features allowing for secure and efficient movement of vehicles, cargo, and personnel in and out of the facility.

Security enhancements were designed in compliance with 6 USC Chapter 1, Subchapter XVI: Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), the Solvay Site Security Plan as well as Solvay corporate and site security/network infrastructure standards

    • Access Control Points – Vehicle/Railroad/Pedestrian
    • Vehicle Barriers – Crash Rated
    • Intrusion Detection and Alarm Management
    • Exterior Video Surveillance (day/night/infrared)
    • Video Analytics
    • Guard Building w/ Central Monitoring Command and Control
    • Network/Communications Infrastructure and Equipment
    • Power/UPS Infrastructure and Equipment

Project Highlights

Completion Date: 2017
Owner: Solvay USA – Charleston, SC Facility


Project Management
Security Engineering
Information Technology Design
Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Piping and Plumbing Design

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