SMHa, in association with MWL Laboratory Architects, designed the new Forensic Services Building for the City of Charleston Police Department. The 22,000-square-foot two-story building, completed in 2021, is located on Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley and combines all of the Forensic Services Division’s departments under one roof.
The building includes Chemistry and Biology Laboratories, Crime Scene Investigation processing areas, a DNA Analysis Lab, Digital Evidence examination space, and administration and office space. The design reflects the technical and precise nature of Forensic Science while respecting the context of the surrounding area. This project provides a state-of-the-art facility for the Forensic Services Division and contributes to the City of Charleston’s excellence in Civic Architecture.