Forensic Laboratory Programming, Planning & Design
Ken C. Mohr,
Health, Education + Research Associates, Inc. (HERA, Inc.)
Our first objective is to establish that crime laboratories
are one of the most complicated facility types today. The combination
of forensic science and crime laboratories requires the very best
technology, planning and programming that biology, chemistry, physics,
teaching and research have to offer.
Our second objective is to establish that in the past decade, forensic
science and crime laboratories have evolved dramatically. This change
has impacted how the science is performed and how facilities operate.
Advancements toward improving design methodologies, accommodating
personnel growth, flexible space for technology and zero-use policy
in DNA of radioisotopes have positively affected the forensic industry.
Another objective is to show that some of the best practices to
meet the needs of forensic science happen within the laboratory:
flexibility, multifunctional spaces and open laboratory concepts,
to name a few. Sustainable design comes into play during the laboratory
fit out. The facility owner will receive the benefits of sustainable
design by incorporating such aspects as: renewable casework, green
countertops, natural and direct/indirect lighting sources and application
We hope to present substantial support for sustainably designed
forensic laboratories and all of the benefits they include. We also
hope to show, along with the design process, a thorough understanding
of sustainable technologies including materials & finishes,
safety & ventilation, quality of life issues and how one applies
them to the forensic laboratory.
This presentation will focus on sustainable laboratory architecture.
This presentation will also address how forensic science has changed
over the past decade and how sustainable design plays a role in
Ken C. Mohr serves
as a principal of HERA and senior laboratory programmer/planner.
For the past 16 years, Ken has collaborated with numerous forensic,
governmental agency, corporate, university, and healthcare institutions
specifically in the programming, planning, and design of laboratories,
collecting years of lessons learned. His strengths are in the areas
of planning analysis and design, and as a facilitator for programming
work sessions. He works with a concensus-building approach to satisfy
the needs of multiple departments and users within a facility. He
is also technically proficient with various types of computer software
to produce the details and documents required to price and build