The Consolidated Forensic Laboratory combines Washington, D.C.’s public safety, forensic science and public health efforts in a state-of-the-art, LEED Platinum building.
Working with many agencies and stakeholders, HOK’s design team developed common protocols and functional relationships to create a universally adaptable research model for the building. The plan promotes interdisciplinary interaction, maintains strict chain-of-custody integrity and provides high-performance technical space for the district’s crime, public safety and health investigations.
An exterior automated solar sunscreen covers most of the building’s south facade. Fritted glass louvers move to control sunlight along the perimeter while allowing indirect light to reach the open office areas.
Labs are along the north side, where they can benefit from natural light without significant heat gain. Building core and lab support spaces are at the center. The design for the building satisfies the stringent safety and reliability requirements of a first-responder facility.
Along with the glazed solar shading system and a high-efficiency curtain wall, sustainable design strategies include an efficient HVAC system with chilled beams and energy recovery air handling units. Runoff from the 32,000-sq.-ft. green roof and remaining hardscape goes to a cistern sized for a 100-year storm.