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Alabama Forensic Science Building

Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Owner: Alabama Department of Forensics

BACKGROUND 

The Robert Clinton Hatch Hall Forensic Sciences Building is shared by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and Alabama State University (ASU). The 50,000 square foot 8 year-old facility incorporates state-of-the-art forensic sciences laboratories, computer labs, a mock courtroom, instrumentation laboratory and a criminal logistics laboratory for instruction in techniques used to examine evidential material. 

SCOPE OF WORK

The owner of the facility is Alabama State University. Two tenants occupy this building: ASU students and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences Montgomery Forensics Lab. 

Relative to the operations of the forensics lab spaces, the following concerns are:

• Overall building success can only be achieved when all building systems are operating optimally

• Building envelope is allowing substantial amounts of water infiltration during rain fall

• Damage of instrumentation and test equipment is possible

• HVAC system unable to provide positive pressure environment 

• Inability to maintain temperature and humidity lab requirements

• Conditioned air space is inconsistent

• High concentration of airborne fungi particles

• Forensic testing may be compromised and DNA migration may occur

SEA was hired to implement a phase commissioning process; develop contract documents for systems repair/replacement; oversee construction and optimize the systems.

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