In order to provide better service and additional forensic services, Anoka County Law Enforcement personnel needed a new facility. They sought a modern facility that could meet their current needs and have room to expand in the future. Anoka County decided to construct a brand new $27.5 million public safety building and regional forensics lab. The 135,000 square foot facility is the new home of more than 200 law enforcement officers, forensic scientists, and support staff (cite: Star Tribune). Haldeman-Homme, Inc. was chosen based on their reputation of providing quality lab furnishings and extensive experience designing and outfitting laboratories. Anoka County officials visited Haldeman-Homme’s onsite showroom for an interactive representation of what the future Anoka Forensics Laboratory would look like. Haldeman-Homme worked closely with the project team including Lt. Steven Johnson, Tri County Regional Forensic Lab Director; McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie, Inc. forensics architects, and Beutow & Associates architects to achieve the goals and exceed the expectations for this project.
Haldeman-Homme’s laboratory expertise and ability to work closely with the project team resulted in the opening of Anoka County’s state of the art public safety and regional forensic laboratory. HHI provided them with stainless steel casework with epoxy resin countertops and windowsills, as well as mobile tables, fume hoods, and Biological Safety cabinets. High Density Mobile Storage systems and Evidence Lockers allow Anoka County to securely save money and space by consolidating their storage and evidence handling needs into one area. Porter wall pads were installed throughout the facility and water saving fixtures, faucets, gas valves, and localized exhaust extractors help lower energy costs and reduce the facility’s carbon footprint. Finally, a customized bike rack system was designed and installed by Haldeman-Homme for Anoka County’s bicycle patrol unit. This project was a great success and the project team worked together to complete this project on time and under budget.