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Johnson County Criminalistics Laboratory

Olathe, Kansas

Criminalistics Laboratory

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Other Crime Labs may be more expensive, or bigger, but no lab in the world will be built to fight crime like our new lab

Gary Howell, Director, Johnson County Crime Lab


  • Sustainable strategies addressing sun, water collection and building orientation inform the architecture of the new Johnson County Criminalistics Laboratory.
  • Effective site planning and sensitive building massing create a secure outdoor oasis for the staff.
  • Bold form and transparency combine to create a dramatic indoor – outdoor relationship between the building and its site.
  • Daylighting strategies reduce energy consumption and create open, airy office environments.
  • Unique materials, geometries and color come together to create a dynamic learning environment for the training of scientific staff and law enforcement officers on the latest forensic science techniques.
  • Locard’s Plaza (named after the famous director of the first forensic laboratory in France and originator of Locard’s Exchange Principle) provides for centralized reference material and a location for staff to gather for social events and to discuss work activities.
  • Open labs take full advantage of daylight and the glass separations between labs contribute to the sense of community and safety.
  • Gone are the days of dimly lit windowless laboratories
  • Specialized LED lights deliver high intensity lighting necessary for forensic examinations while maintaining low energy use.
  • A number of specialized forensic examination spaces, like this alternate light source examination room, provide necessary functional capabilities.

people involved in this project:

Louis Hartman

PE, NCEES, LEED AP
Science & Technology Design Studio

Michael F. Cooper

PE, LEED AP, MBA
Detroit

Gerald F. Philo

PE, LEED AP
Project Management

Michael F. Cooper

PE, LEED AP, MBA
President