San Diego Sheriff’s Crime Lab, Major Crimes and Property & Evidence Unit Building

Architect: SmithGroup

Location:  San Diego, California

Awarded a published

The County of San Diego Sheriff’s Crime Laboratory collocates the Regional Crime Laboratory, the Major Crimes Division, and Property & Evidence Unit into a cohesive investigations facility. It shares a campus with the Medical Examiner and other County departments. Consolidation of these  functions enhances safety and efficiency for a community that spans more than 4,000 square miles, including the international border, Federal installations, the Anza Borrego desert, and the Pacific Ocean. The new Sheriff's Crime Lab is a symbol of the County’s ongoing commitment to making San Diego the safest urban county in the nation.

"The built in transparent tour route is an amazing way for the community to gain a better grasp of the complexities of the facility without compromising work." ~ Jury comment

Additional information

Interior Design: SmithGroup

Structural Engineer: Degenkolb

Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer: SmithGroup

Electrical Engineer: SmithGroup

Landscape Architect: LDG Landscape Architects

Civil Engineer: Latitude 33

Security: Exante 360


Frank J. Greene, FAIA (Chair), RicciGreene Associates, New York, NY

Tedd Howard, Tedd Howard Strategic Project Leaders, British Columbia, Canada

Mehrdad Yazdani, Assoc. AIA, Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, Los Angeles, CA

Barbara Marcille, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Portland, OR

Mark Cavagnero, FAIA, Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects, San Francisco, CA

Melanie Bevan, Ed.D., Bradenton Police Department, Bradenton, FL

Elizabeth McDonald, AIA, Bjarke Ingels Group, Brooklyn, NY

Image credits

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