and material flows) were complex and dynamic.
The need for enhanced BSL- 3 space for agency
use as well as public health raised the complexity to yet another level.
right-sized and appropriate to needs, yet allow
for growth, change, and reconfiguration. The
facility, by nature, has a high level of security
requirements, validated by a threat assessment.
The design had to achieve this level of security
in a transparent and inconspicuous way.
The facility houses vibration and acoustically
sensitive imaging modalities. These requirements
had to be satisfied in a dense urban area, adjacent
The autopsy suites are located on an upper floor, taking them out of the traditional location in a basement and
allowing for natural light. (Photo: HOK)
to an elevated highway, elevated train line, and
two underground subway lines. The same requirements had to be resolved alongside continuous
in-house explosions from ballistics research areas
located in the middle of the facility. The facility
also had to satisfy the needs of three distinct agencies with their own identities and needs.
Security for multiple tenants and sample
receiving/handling (including both personnel
The fundamental challenge in organizing the
CFL was the development of common protocols and synergies for highly specific lab types
managed by very different agencies. Finding a
lab pattern that accomplished this diversity and
specialization was difficult, but once it was identified, the considerable benefits of collaboration
emerged. The team created a plan that maintained order and a consistent zoned approach
to the overall building layout. Departmental
stacking was a successful effort which kept agencies within their own floor areas. This simplified
security and kept cohesive units together.
By separating the laboratory and office areas,
the building responds to each section’s unique
requirements. The labs on the north are compartmentalized while the offices on the south
are open. The core elements (shafts, electrical/
telecom rooms, stairs, and elevators) are located
centrally between the office and lab zone to
serve both sides efficiently.
The project’s aspirations and challenges led to
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