Kansas Bureau of InvestigationsWichita, KS |
- Forensic Laboratories
- Educational Institution
Located on the campus of Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, the Kanas Bureau of Investigations (KBI) Building serves a variety of functions imperative to law enforcement. These include evidence drying, DNA analysis, bloodstain pattern analysis, latent print analysis, toxicology testing — and that’s just a start.
Besides adequate space and the requisite advanced scientific equipment to perform these tasks, KBI had another unique need: a safe and effective way to teach these methods to others — specifically, to the students in the forensic sciences department at Washburn.
Fume hoods play a vital role in the function of a forensics laboratory, and it’s no different at KBI. How, though, could groups of students closely view the activity within the fume hood while — the main component — ensuring the equipment provides safe airflows for the entire space? In addition, was it possible to provide seated working areas adjacent to base cabinetry for a more hands-on and versatile learning experience?
To make sure the laboratories could provide both maximum visibility and safe airflow for students, faculty, and forensic professionals alike, Labconco Corporation &mdash which also provided two 6’ Labconco Protector XStream Laboratory Hoods as well as forensic-specific evidence drying cabinets and more — opted for large acrylic panels. These panels restrict traffic from observers who could pass into the working area of the hoods sash (safety) and reduces the required airflow by preventing cross drafts (energy savings). In addition, designers opted to intertwine Labconco base cabinetry with adjustable height base stands to accommodate a more versatile space—a decision that was so effective, it has been repeated on several projects since.
Strategically utilizing acrylic barriers allowed KBI to meet the stringent airflow requirements of the state, even with a large number of hoods in the same working space—all while improving students’ learning experience in the 12,000 square feet of classroom space dedicated to grooming these future forensic scientists.
Energy-savings wise, the sophisticated airflow system contributed to a nearly 25 percent reduction in consumption compared to the baseline of the original building.
Installation: Feb, 2020