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San Diego Crime Lab

Designed a new building of 158,000 square feet to house a crime lab for the County. The structural system of the building is special steel moment frames above grade and special concrete shear walls below grade. The gravity system is composed of steel beams and columns supporting concrete over metal deck, concrete walls below grade with concrete slab-on-grade at the basement level.


  • Secured underground high bay storage area
  • Firing range
  • Structural System: Steel Moment Frames with Stiff Diaphragms with special concrete shear walls in tall basement.
  • Service: New Design, design-build


  • Laboratory areas of the building were design for vibration for up to 1000x microscopes.
  • Degenkolb Engineers in coordination with Colin Gordon Associates was able to design the buildings structural steel just over 11 psf before adding miscellaneous steel coming in well under the expected steel tonnage for a lab building.

Photo courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

Project Stats
Client County of San Diego, DPR Construction, Lowe Enterprise, PMA, SmithGroup,
Square Footage 158,000
Construction Cost $60 Million
Completion Date 2018
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