Denver Office of the Medical Examiner Renovation
The decision to relocate the City and County of Denver’s Office of the Medical Examiner (OME) was driven by many factors, including the opportunity to start with a clean slate. The new OME occupies 29,000 square feet within an existing building owned by Denver Health that was completely renovated into a state-of-the-art facility to meet the growing needs of the city and county.
The design of the new facility is based on a thorough analysis of work flow, decedent processes, wet / dry storage requirements, security and privacy needs and vehicle access and operations. The OME’s new home also includes spaces that accommodate family needs and university instruction.
Equipment was coordinated to universal standards and MEP redundancy was included to mitigate global risk as well as improve air flow and reduce odor. Coolers and freezers now accommodate current caseloads as well as anticipated future growth. An improved isolation autopsy suite is used for severe decomposition or the presence of communicable diseases. Devices to support bariatric autopsies also improve efficiency.
Particular attention was paid to employee health and wellness. Standard processes and equipment were implemented that will improve results while reducing workplace fatigue. Features such as overhead lifts, adjustable-height autopsy stations, automatic/touchless entry doors, break rooms, locker rooms and a fitness room are part of the new design.
Page provided programming, architecture and interiors services on the project. Other team members include Crime Lab Design and Iron Horse Architects.
ENR Mountain States Region 2018 Best Projects, Government/Public Building Category Winner