From yesterday’s dusted fingerprints to today’s rapid DNA and digital databases and single plate x-rays to advanced forensic imaging there are major disruptors in the field of forensic science. Developing a successful forensics facility demands flexibility at many levels—a facility that can adapt not only to advancements in technology, but also to unforeseen yet inevitable changes in procedures, management, and funding. The successful facility of tomorrow must effectively balance open laboratory environments, functional zoning, consolidated spaces, more humane and inspiring workplaces, and sustainable energy conservation.

We have partnered with numerous public agencies and institutions on more than 100 forensics facilities. Projects include centralized crime labs that serve multiple public safety agencies and alleviate critical backlogs in evidence processing; the Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory in Denver, Colorado, which integrates forensic science service, teaching and research; and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s Forensic Identification Laboratory, the world’s largest forensic anthropology lab with a mission to aid in the investigation, recovery and accounting of Americans lost in service to their country.


San Diego SmithGroup Forensic

San Diego County Sheriff's Crime Laboratory

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department is one of the largest in the U.S., with a service area that covers approximately 4,200 square miles. The Crime Laboratory provides forensic science service to more than 30 law enforcement agencies.

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SmithGroup’s forensics center of excellence—comprising architects, engineers, lab planners and interior designers—has the planning and design prowess to meet our client’s challenges. To each new project we bring a thorough and contemporary understanding of the issues that influence forensic practices. We augment that applied knowledge with in-house research, analyzing the trends and disruptors of forensic science and the implications they have for planning and design. Our goal is to become true partners with our clients, seeking to advance the field of forensics by creating safe, pleasing and highly productive environments that enable efficient and quality investigation and analysis.

Forensic Leadership Team Science and Technology SmithGroup
Principal, Science & Technology Practice Strategist | Director of Lab Planning


Chris Knorr - Forensic Market Leader
Vice President - Corporate Design Director

We loved working with SmithGroup. I believe the team easily understood our vision and made it a reality. They were great partners in the design of this building. It was truly a pleasure working with this firm.

Lakshmi Kode Sammarco, M.D.
Hamilton County Coroner

Chris Knorr
Forensic Market Leader

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