Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
The new advanced Forensic Center for Harris County is being constructed on a 3.2-acre site on the campus of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston, Texas, across from the existing Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences building.
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences offers two distinct forensic services for the Harris County community: the Medical Examiner Service and the Crime Laboratory Service. The comprehensive planning process for the Forensic Center, which will house both services, began in 2007 and incorporated experts from business, medical, laboratory and scientific fields. The resulting design culminates in an integrated use of space flowing seamlessly between clinical, laboratory, administrative, public and teaching/training areas. Consideration was also given to the exterior design of the Forensic Center to ensure that it complements the aesthetics of neighboring institutions located on the TMC campus.
The Master Plan for the Forensic Center includes two phases:
- Phase One is a nine-story, 200,000-square-foot tower. The construction of Phase One began in summer 2014. Upon completion, the tower will house approximately 140,000 square feet of laboratory, morgue, administrative, public and teaching/training spaces with unfinished shell space available for expansion.
- Phase Two is a four-story building for future expansion to accommodate the growing needs of the Harris County community, as well as the agencies and families served by the Institute.
The Forensic Center is targeting LEED certification and features a landscape design that includes the preservation of existing trees and the placement of native plants. In addition, the facility will be constructed with sustainable materials and will be equipped with energy efficient HVAC and ventilation systems.
Learn more about the Harris County Institute and the Forensic Center.
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