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Phoenix Police Department

Forensic Laboratory

This new forensic laboratory is located in downtown Phoenix across from the Police Department and adjacent to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner. The three-story building is arranged with an office wing and laboratory wing on each floor that create “neighborhoods”. The building is supported by an underground parking structure with a landscaped park-like setting at street level. The site is overlooked by the Federal Courthouse and accordingly the design minimizes roof-level equipment to create a clean appearance from above.

Functions housed in the building include: latent prints, forensic biology, trace evidence, controlled substances, toxicology, crime scene response and triage, firearms, vehicle processing, questioned documents, evidence processing and administration.

Laboratory spaces are designed to take full advantage of natural daylight and incorporate flexible, moveable laboratory casework systems.  Highly energy efficient lighting, ventilation and utility systems support the technical operations and are configured to be easily adapted as technology and science evolves.

This facility is a powerful tool to help the on-going efforts of the Phoenix Police Department’s 140 staff housed in this building to impact crime and make Phoenix the safest major city in the nation.

The facility meets ASCLD/LAB and ISO/IEC17025 design guidelines for accreditation and has won Southwest Contractor’s Arizona Best Mechanical Project of 2007 Award.


Phoenix, Arizona


102,185 GSF


Comprehensive programming, lab planning and MEP engineering services through construction documents, equipment planning


The Durrant Group

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