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Denver Police Dept.
; Budget: $28,000,000
; Size: 60,000 gsf
; Project team: SmithGroupJJR, Phoenix, Ariz.
(design architect, lab
planning, MEP engineering); Durrant (
architec-tect of record); MNA Inc.
S.A. Miro (civil engineering); JE Dunn Construction (GC); GPD Land Design (landscape
architect); Iron Horse Architects (interior designer).
; Description: Previously confined to 14,000 sf in police headquarters,
the Denver Crime Laboratory Bureau lacked sufficient training space and
enough room to manage paperwork for up to 16,000 cases per year. The
Durrant/SmithGroupJJR team delivered a forensic facility more than five
times larger, simultaneously addressing past constraints through careful
planning and communication among stakeholders. The larger footprint
more appropriately combines services under one roof, elevating communication, coordination and efficiency of lab workflow, ultimately saving
the city time and money. Furthermore, the building is designed to last
50 years, incorporating a flexible plan that can easily and cost-effectively
react to changes in technology and organizational needs.
The design does more than add space and flexibility, however: It
adds unique features such as an elevated catwalk in the photography
lab—providing a vertical view of evidence as it is photographed—and
a virtual tour feature. A video, which plays in the auditorium, gives a
simulated tour through the various areas of the facility including highly
secure portions—ensuring protection but not concealment.
; Completion date: July 2012
; Contact: Vanessa Cornell, Associate, S&T Practice Leader, SmithGroupJJR, email@example.com
Charles Perkins Centre,
; Budget: $385,000,000
; Size: 49,500 sf
; Project team: fjmt + Building
Studio, Australia (architect);
Brookfield Multiplex, Australia (builder).
; Description: The Charles
Perkins Centre (CPC) is a
building designed to support
academics and students from
all disciplines working in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
CPC is a research and education hub that is now home to approximately
950 researchers and 1,455 undergraduates. The design balances research
and education spaces to support diverse disciplines such a biomedical,
bioinformation, computations, as well as clinical research and social
sciences. Within the 50,000-sf space, over 16,000 sf is dedicated to wet
and dry lab space.
The seven-story building has been designed to foster collaboration
and multidisciplinary research. Interaction is supported by an open
workspace layout and surfaces treated acoustically to minimize noise.
; Completion date: June 2014
; Contact: Matthew Todd, Principal, fjmt + Building Studio, mtodd@