Forensics lab design is a complicated undertaking in which various smaller laboratory sections all work together in the space of a single laboratory. Numerous special considerations must be made when planning and designing a forensics lab, including the handling of hazardous materials, security of evidence, preservation of evidence in a contaminated state, adaptability to scientific advancements such as DNA testing and analysis, health and safety, personnel and materials workflow, security, and many more. At Lab Furniture and Fume Hoods, we understand that crime lab design must incorporate different lab sections while being flexible and adaptable enough to change with the needs of the occupants, technology, and scientific methodologies.
Forensics lab design will vary with each laboratory’s specific needs and the needs of the various functional lab sections within it, including controlled substances, toxicology, firearms, trace analysis, forensic biology and DNA, latent prints, questioned documents, computer evidence, and more. For example, technical labs such as toxicology and biology science have specialized needs based on the area of work, such hazardous material handling, prevention of contamination, and the preservation of evidence. Accommodating all these special requirements must be done in a flexible, adaptable space that meets short-term needs with long-term goals in mind, such as increase in high-tech forensic services and special instrumentation for advanced DNA testing and analysis. Finally, a comprehensive security strategy should be implemented into the design phase to ensure the safety of the occupants and the protection of highly sensitive material within the lab. Whether you are designing a new lab or remodeling an existing one, Lab Furniture and Fume Hoods can help you design and furnish a flexible, safe, smart, and sustainable lab that meets all your unique forensics and crime lab needs.
The following are some of our basic objectives for forensics lab design:
- Flexible design that supports current and future trends in forensic science and technology
- Modular or flexible casework and furnishing to allow labs to scale up or down
- Protect the safety of the occupants and highly sensitive materials
- Layout that enhances collaboration and interaction between occupants
- Ultra-clean rooms or higher levels of containment for analytical procedures
- High-performance levels of cleanliness, temperature, and humidity control to accommodate the various lab sections
- Zone lab between non-lab and lab sections with careful consideration to the unique requirements of each, such as biohazardous material, evidence preservation, and more
Key Considerations for Forensic Lab Design
A forensics lab must flexible and dynamic enough to meet the multitude of requirements for each lab section in a safe, secure, and healthy environment. The following are the key considerations for forensics or crime lab design:
- Implementation of a comprehensive security strategy for both passive and electronic security systems
- Flexible, adaptable design to accommodate growth trends in forensic science and technology
- Ensure the validity and accuracy of the testing and analysis while preventing contamination of evidence and exposure to biohazardous material
Why Lab Furniture and Fume Hoods?
Lab Furniture and Fume Hoods is your comprehensive resource for all things related to laboratory design and furnishings. Lab Furniture and Fume Hoods is your comprehensive resource for all things related to laboratory design and furnishings. Our design carefully considers your unique lab requirement to meet your current and future needs.
We provide a unique customer experience we call “The Power of One.” You will have a single point of contact for your project from start to finish, including planning, drawings, budgets, recommending and procuring furnishing and equipment, and much more. Our approach is to keep it simple, efficient, accurate, and easy for you to ensure continuity and nothing is missed. You will have the lab you need on time and on budget.
The combination of our expertise, unique approach to project management, and wide range of high-quality lab products and equipment makes us your single source for designing and furnishing your new, refitted, or remodeled lab.
Recommended Lab Components for a Forensics Lab
At Lab Furniture and Fume Hoods, we have an extensive line of high-quality lab furniture and equipment ideal for a forensics lab. When designing your lab, we will recommend the lab furniture and equipment that is right for your lab to meet both current and future needs. Also, our products are protected by an industry best five-year warranty.
Solution Series Flexible Lab Furniture
Free-standing, durable lab furniture that allows you to restructure and reorganize your space at any time.
Epoxy Resin Countertops
Attractive and reasonably priced. Optimum physical, fire, and chemical resistance required for heavy-duty usage.
SS902 Safety Station
Combination of eyewash and shower safety station (includes a stainless-steel bowl).
Wood Lab Casework
Durable and provides limitless design options.
The Eliminator 900 SERIES: Demonstration Hood
Educational viewing fume hood that provides superior ventilation to protect students and faculty.