Scottsdale Crime Lab and Police Evidence Facility

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    Scottsdale, Arizona

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    City of Scottsdale

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Features & Highlights

  • LEED Silver®
Project Overview

This project was delivered as one of the City of Scottsdale’s first Construction Manager at Risk projects, recognizing the critical need for design and construction professionals to work together from concept to completion, with the stakeholders who would ultimately solve crimes in the facility.  The Scottsdale Forensic Crime Laboratory and Police Evidence Facility is located on an 18-acre site. The two-story, precast, pre-stressed reinforced concrete building houses one of the most advanced forensic laboratories in the state of Arizona.

The facility included spaces for an Automated Fingerprint Identification System, toxicology, firing range and bullet retrieval tank, a biology lab, a darkroom to support photo forensics, trace/impurities/arson investigation system, and a photo forensic and a polymerase chain reaction lab for genetic testing. The forensic lab includes ultra-clean rooms and high levels of containment systems for analytical investigations, plus the highest performance standards for temperature, humidity, filtration and vibration controls to create an environment suitable for forensic science.

In addition to the construction of the Forensic Crime Laboratory, Sundt constructed the 13,000-square-foot Scottsdale Police District 1 station and vehicle maintenance facilities for the water department as part of this project. The station included evidence processing, conference rooms and work areas, locker rooms and workout facilities and offices to support the police officers headquartered at this location. The vehicle maintenance facilities were constructed concurrently with the larger buildings on the project to support the City of Scottsdale Vehicle fleet.

During construction of this facility, the nearby Indian Bend Flood Control Corridor’s dam sprung a leak during a particularly large rainfall.  Because Sundt was under contract with the City of Scottsdale, our in-house civil construction expertise was immediately contacted and authorized to make emergency repairs to the Indian Bend Dam, saving further damage to it and other downstream infrastructure.

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“I must compliment them on their value engineering efforts and ability to expedite a schedule without sacrificing quality or excluding participation by the user groups that will be responsible for maintaining or operating the completed facility.”

J. Daniel Walsh, Senior Project Manager, City of Scottsdale