Texas Department of Public Safety - Houston Crime Laboratory

Labs and R&D, LEED & EcoServices, Science & Technology

LEED Silver New Construction

Houston, Texas


41,000 sf

Project Features
  • Laboratory
  • Open-office environment
  • DNA analysis
  • Evidence holding
Kirksey was contracted by the Department of Public Safety through the Texas Facilities Commission to design a regional headquarter crime laboratory for the Houston area. The crime lab project is approximately 40,000 sf of new construction, replacing an existing facility on the headquarter’s campus. The new, tilt-wall crime lab was designed around state-of-the-art DNA analysis, fire arms analysis, drug analysis, trace evidence analysis and evidence holding procedures and technologies. The laboratory houses its science and lab technicians in an open-office environment and incorporates design strategies meant to encourage collaboration between related disciplines. A tilt-wall structure was chosen because of its efficiency and cost even though it was a departure from the owner’s perspective to house a lab facility.
Brian Richard, AIA 713 426 7497
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Since joining Kirksey in 2003, Brian has designed more than 2.5 million square feet of lab space and planned over 100 megawatts of mission critical space. His founding of Kirksey’s Science & Technology Team provides a fresh perspective to the ever evolving energy, oil and gas, and industrial markets in and around Houston. In addition, his team serves as a resource for our region’s institutions of higher learning.