Southern Regional Crime Laboratory6401 S. Tucson Blvd
Tuscon, AZ 85706
Design Achievement - The Arizona Department of Public Safety Southern Regional Crime Laboratory was housed in an aging, cramped former warehouse facility. Outdated and inefficient facilities slowed the turn-around time of evidence submitted to this state laboratory. The new facility, which is four times larger than the previous outdated lab, provides much-needed space for AZ DPS’s employees. DLR Group’s design optimizes the building floor plan and adjacencies to enable faster turnaround of test results. New spaces for updated, state-of-the-art equipment allow the agency to conduct tests that previously couldn’t be performed in Southern Arizona. Additionally, the thoughtfully planned integration of offices and labs used for analyzing criminal evidence and information in provides a comfortable, controlled, and secure work environment. The building architecture is contextually appropriate to the desert surroundings and an arched metal roof references the nearby hangars at the Tucson International Airport.
Scope Summary - This new LEED Silver certified two-story, 42,000 SF facility was completed in multiple phases. The facility contains a DNA/Serology lab, administration office, evidence warehouse, evidence receiving, walk in refrigerator and freezer, firearms lab, latent prints lab, toxicology lab, controlled substances lab, trace evidence lab, exam rooms, two instrument labs, a clean lab, an indoor firing range, and vehicle exam bay. Security measures in the design and construction include materials to withstand a Level 3 ballistic attack. The building incorporates diverse sustainable design strategies, including: abundant daylighting; use of low-VOC materials, and regional materials containing recycled content; water-conservation measures reducing consumption by 30 percent; and a steel frame structure using solar reflectance materials to mitigate the heat island effect. DLR Group worked in association with McClaren Wilson & Lawrie providing needs assessment, master planning, architecture, engineering, and landscape architecture services.