INNOVATION IN BUILDING
M/E Engineering, P.C.
Rochester, New York, United States
Designed to achieve LEED-Gold certification, a $19 million county crime lab in
Rochester, N. Y., will perform evidence collection, testing, and analysis to solve
and prosecute crimes. The facility is not only energy-efficient and sustainable,
but also multipurpose in its accommodation of public areas, office spaces,
secure evidence receiving and storage, and numerous labs including firing
range, weapons testing, biological and DNA testing, vehicle exam, arson exam,
and decomposition exam and drying.
The M/E Engineering project team collaborated with lab users and county
representatives to develop solutions that fit within the design intent and project
budget. Bentley Building Mechanical Systems modeled and designed the
ductwork and ventilation systems to enable the collaborators to address issues
of security and evidence of cross contamination as well as containment of noise
and health hazards.
This project involved a design competition entry for a new bank located in
Primasens, Germany. The goal was to display the project team’s conceptual
design and win the juried competition.
The five team members had just one week to develop the presentation.
MicroStation and speedikon helped the team by saving time and money during
project development. Conceptual design was completed in June 2008.