New Medical Examiner Facility Wins Award for Unique Design Features

What is the true color of blood? It may seem like a strange question, but the design of the new Medical Examiner and Forensic Center sheds light on the issue – literally. The use of natural light is just one of the details that earned the center an award from the San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The Medical Examiner Center received a Citation Award, which recognizes noteworthy architectural skill or vision in design. Judges highlighted the center’s use of natural light, especially in the lab and procedure areas to help staff identify true colors when doing an exam or looking at a specimen.

The Medical Examiner and Forensic Center was also recognized for superior craftsmanship and attention to detail, providing a calming environment in the Bereavement Center and other public areas.

The 84,000-square-foot facility in Kearny Mesa opened in December and came in on time and under budget. It meets silver-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and has also been recognized by the California Legislature and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

Visit the Medical Examiner's website to see photos of the building from groundbreaking to completion, and check out the video to see the hi-tech features at the new facility.