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Project Unified State Laboratory (Module 2)
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Project Size

97,174 sq ft

Project Dates

16 months

Project Location

Taylorsville, Utah

The new building is designed and constructed in a manner that allows maximum coordination between laboratory workers while eliminating, or reducing, the risk of cross-contamination and breach of confidential information.

  • Honorable Mention, Commercial Over $20 Million, 2016
  • Most Outstanding Project, Public Over $10M, Utah Construction & Design, 2017
  • Award of Merit, Intermountain Government/Public Building, 2017

Project Description

A few years following the completion on the Unified State Laboratory Module 1, Big-D Construction went to work constructing a second, 97,000 square-foot Unified State Laboratory that would house facilities for the Utah State Medical Examiner, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, and the State Crime Laboratory.

The new facility includes modern safety and engineering features that were lacking at the previous locations of the abovementioned entities. These modern safety and engineering features include biological safety cabinets, externally exhausted fume hoods, negative air pressure labs, interior firing range, bullet recovery tanks, secure vehicle examination bays, open campus processing areas, expanded autopsy body cooler facilities, special procedure autopsy suites, tissue recovery suites, and bio-safety facilities.

Designing the constructing the ballistics testing range on the building’s second floor took strategic coordination and collaboration to ensure that employees and the public would be protected during tests. The range was constructed using 8-inch-thick concrete walls in conjunction to a 6-inch concrete masonry wall around the perimeter. The floor features a layer of rigid insulation and a 6-inch slab.

The specific services offered by each of the agencies in Module 2 are as follows:

Public Safety 
• Forensic Chemistry & Biology
• Impression Evidence
• Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction
• Trace Evidence

Department of Health: Medical Examiner
• Autopsy suite
• Frozen tissue storage
• Tissue harvesting & storage
• Histology laboratory
• Evidence work room & storage

Department of Agriculture and Food Laboratories
• Agricultural chemistry
• Dairy Product Testing
• Environmental Monitoring
• Food-Related Terrorism Testing

The unique and delicate nature of the operations at the Unified State Laboratory require strategic coordination between Big-D Construction, the State of Utah, and CRSA Architecture. The new building is designed and constructed in a manner that allows maximum coordination between laboratory workers while eliminating, or reducing, the risk of cross-contamination and breach of confidential information.