The 62,500-square-foot lab realizes a new vision for collaborative investigative forensic research and leadership in sustainability. The facility provides law enforcement with specialized forensic research laboratories and collaborative work space for investigators.
The new facility is not a single laboratory, but actually nine distinct laboratory spaces brought together in one building. The nine laboratory spaces (controlled substances, trace evidence, toxicology, biology, latent prints, firearms and tool marks, digital and multimedia, evidence control, and crime scene investigation) reflect the unique needs of each discipline. Careful planning has resulted in spaces specifically designed to maximize efficiency and work flow while maintaining the highest levels of safety and security.
The county continued its commitment to environmental stewardship of county resources by devoting significant resources to the construction and energy efficiency of the building. As a result, it is anticipated that the building will achieve a LEED® Platinum certification.
The new crime lab is co-located with the County Communications Center, a LEED Gold facility. Benefits to both buildings include greater site security, storm water management, secure employee parking, and sustainable landscape and hardscape solutions as well as shared central plant, exercise room, and outdoor courtyard.