City of Phoenix Crime LabCity of Phoenix Crime Lab

Project Summary

General Contractor:  Gilbane Building Company
Location:  Phoenix, AZ
Year Completed:  2007
Architect:  Crime Lab Design
Design Phase Services:  Design Assist and Pre-Construction Services, BIM
    Southwest Contractors Magazine “Best Mechanical Project”

The City of Phoenix Crime Laboratory, 2007 Award recipient of the “Best Mechanical Project” in the Southwest Contractors Magazine, resides in an ultra-modern 104,000 sq. ft., three level “L” shaped building, and has lab space on one wing while office space occupies the other.

A mechanical penthouse houses the building’s ample mechanical requirements, including the air handling units, exhaust fans and boilers. A separate cooling tower is located on the southwest corner of the building. The lab exhaust system is very critical. There are approximately 50 combined fume hoods and bio-safety cabinets with very specific control and exhaust systems throughout the facility. Examination facilities include laboratories for photo analysis, latent prints, DNA testing, toxicology, controlled substances and forensics.

A firearm testing lab features a firing range for cartridge ejection and recovery analysis, and features sound attenuation and high air flow due to toxic lead released from the bullets.