The Johnson County Criminalistics Laboratory located in Olathe, Kansas, and built by the Kansas City area office of The Weitz Company, recently earned a Capstone Award in Green Design from the Kansas City Business Journal. The Capstone Awards honor projects in the Kansas City metropolitan area that enhance life for residents, use green building methods, or make it easier for companies to do business. The project team included Johnson County, Kansas (owner); Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (end-user); PGAV Architects (designer) and The Weitz Company (construction manager).
The Johnson County Criminalistics Laboratory is a LEED Platinum registered state-of-the-art crime lab with nine specialized laboratories. The nine labs require separate environments regarding air pressure, air flow, temperature, noise control, EMF shielding, vibration tolerance, lighting and odor control to name a few. Sustainable design features include ground-source heat pumps, thermal wells, energy recovery systems, reduced flow chemical hoods, as well as solar panels. Other features include evidence storage and handling areas, conference rooms for public and private meetings, and the facility connects to the existing County Communications Center.
Other recent honors include:
The 2012 Go Beyond Award from the International Institute of Sustainable Laboratories and Research & Design Magazine.
The 2012 Charles H. Weitz Award for Excellence – awarded April 2013 – recognizing construction operational excellence in quality, customer service and safety.
AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AIA/AAJ) – 2013 Facilities Review magazine feature article.