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Tour and Reception at the Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory

Wednesday, September 17
5:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Santa Clara Crime Lab

You've seen them on T.V., but have you ever wondered what it's like to work in a real crime laboratory? Attendees at this year's conference had the opportunity to tour the Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory, a state-of-the-art, LEED® Gold facility that handles evidence analysis for police and investigative units.

Participants explored this newly constructed facility that utilizes many sustainability and efficiency strategies promoted by the Labs21 Approach. The laboratory features some unique requirements tailored to running a crime laboratory, such as separate spaces for different types of evidence (e.g., fingerprint analysis, ballistics, DNA) and heavy security requirements such as reinforced, mesh-lined walls and a state-of-the-art electronic security system.

The tour highlighted the combination of necessary elements of a crime laboratory, like evidence storage, contamination control, ballistics testing, and lead emissions filtration, with sustainable design features that address water conservation and energy efficiency. Participants were able to view the facility prior to operation and examined how the sustainable measures incorporated into the building interact with the laboratory's unique functions and requirements. The Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory is located just a few short blocks from the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. A reception of hors d'oeuvres and cocktails preceded the tour. Representatives from Santa Clara County and the design and construction firms led the tour and were available to answer attendee questions.

I2SL and Labs21 would like to extend a special thanks to our Platinum Sponsor for the Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory evening tour and reception!

HDR Architecture, Inc.

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Please note, EPA and DOE have granted conference cosponsor, I2SL, permission to use conference-related fundraising as a means of supporting I2SL's Labs21 2008 Annual Conference activities. Learn more about I2SL's sponsorship opportunities.

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