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Hardaway Construction - Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
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Location: Nashville, TN
Owner: State of Tennessee
Architect: Kline Swinney Associates / Gobbell Hays Partners, Inc., A Joint Venture

The building is designed as two wings separated by an atrium, which is lined with clerestory on either side of the long axis. The first level of the atrium is the main entry to the facility, where the central security checkpoint is located.   No authorized entry is allowed beyond this security checkpoint. The facility is a total of 162,000 SF, with 55,000 SF dedicated to the criminal forensic laboratory units. Lab units are housed in one wing, while the other wing is dedicated to administrative, investigative, central computer, and training functions. Except for the specialized computer and training spaces, this other wing is designed primarily as an open office space, with systems furniture that establishes all of the workstations.

The criminal forensic laboratory wing consists of several different units. Each space is carefully and intricately conditioned with varying air pressures to control the potential for contamination of evidence or contamination of workers. The building was steel and concrete framed with an exterior of clad with brick, aluminum windows, and aluminum curtain wall.

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