Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

Houston, TX

Project Description

The new advanced forensic center for Harris County was constructed on a 3.2-acre site on the campus of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston, Texas, across from the existing Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (IFS) building. IFS offers two distinct forensic services for the Harris County community: the Medical Examiner Service and the Crime Laboratory Service. It also serves jurisdictions that lack the resources to conduct these efforts.

The Master Plan for the Institute of Forensic Sciences includes two phases:

- Phase One is a nine-story, 210,000-square-foot tower that houses approximately 150,000 square feet of laboratory, morgue, administrative, public and teaching/training spaces with unfinished shell space available for expansion.
- Phase Two is a four-story building for future expansion to accommodate the growing needs of the Harris County community, as well as the agencies and families served by the Institute.