City of Phoenix Crime Lab

Project Description:

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
Awards: 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.