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Medical Examiner and Forensic Center

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New Medical Examiner and Forensic Center

The County of San Diego Medical Examiner & Forensic Center is an 84,000-square-foot facility that incorporates sustainable design with state-of-the-art technology in a setting designed to maximize workflow and enhance the intricate science that take place within its walls. The facility includes a Bereavement Center, expanded toxicology lab, teaching classroom and electronic touch screens at exam stations to better manage cases. The facility is recognized as the most advanced of its kind in North America.

The Medical Examiner & Forensic Center is part of a campus with high public visibility. The project shows how green elements, including high-energy efficiency, can be incorporated into a specialized building. This facility minimized demolition and construction waste to the landfill, uses less water, discharges less wastewater, reduces contaminated stormwater, reduces electricity consumption and peak electrical demand, reduces the local heat island effect, decreases light pollution, decreased air pollution by using regionally produced materials and equipment (where feasible).

Green Features related to the building include:

  • Energy usage at 33 percent below CA Title 24 mandatory energy efficiency standards
  • Chilled water from an all-variable speed central plant with Hartman Loop control logic
  • Office and Lab areas with variable air volume systems
  • Control and monitoring of outside air delivery
  • 75 percent of the space with day-lighting and view of exterior
  • Lighting Power Density (W/SF) 14 percent better than Title 24 mandatory energy efficiency standards
  • Water use at least 30 percent below industry standards (LEED)
  • High-performance windows
  • High-reflectivity roof
  • Accessibility to public transportation and cyclist-friendly
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