Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory

  • Location Anchorage, AK
  • Client Livingston Slone
  • Owner State of Alaska, Department of Public Safety
  • Cutting Edge Technology

    Extraordinary functionality, today and tomorrow.

  • Beautifully Designed

    Light and patterns play throughout the building.

Solving crime in first-rate style. The State wanted what didn’t exist in Alaska: an accredited forensic laboratory capable of processing Alaska’s crime scene evidence. The facility had to include the most technologically advanced equipment and be able to adapt to and accommodate the unknown scientific needs of the future.  Reid Middleton’s structural engineers rose to the challenge.  Ground disturbances from the adjacent firing range, for example, do not impede accuracy of highly sensitive equipment located elsewhere, as the floor was specifically designed to reduce vibrations. A ballistics tank to analyze results from the firing range, a blood spatter room, a DNA amplification lab, and areas to store and preserve fragile evidence were included in the design, as was space for potential other uses, such as an electron microscope.  This 84,410 SF steel moment frame laboratory and office complex is infused with natural light: a 2-story curved, tiered glass atrium connects the 2 laboratory wings. Made from extruded custom glass, a DNA barcode pattern, like that forensic scientists use, was imprinted on the exterior curtain wall.  This unique glass cladding system has exceptionally high thermal value to reduce on-going operational costs.


  • 2012 Award of Merit, American Institute of Architects Alaska Chapter
  • 2014 Technology Award, Honorable Mention for Energy Efficient Design, National American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • 2013 Technology Award in New Construction, Instutional Cateogry, First Place, ASHRAE Region XI
  • 2013 National Award of Merit, Illuminating Engineering Society