Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Forensics Laboratory
The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) was unable to function effectively due to limited capacity of its facilities. A new forensic medical center was needed to provide for present and future department activities, including autopsies suites, laboratories, administrative offices and bio-hazard compliant BSL-3 spaces.
The new forensic medical center will feature two levels of body receiving, transport, garage, autopsy, cooler/freezer, BSL-2 and BSL-3 autopsy, viewing and teaching areas. The third floor is designated laboratory space with histology, toxicology, DNA, instrumentation and support services for inert gas handling and storage.
The first of its kind, the autopsy lab is the primary containment area requiring complete filtration and decontamination when BSL-3 protocol is followed. Interstitial maintenance space is adjacent to the BSL-3 area which has been designed to separate hazardous materials space from the rest of the facility. Electrical power, via automatic transfer switches, supplies on-site standby power for all operational and laboratory areas. During a power outage, more than 80% of the facility will continue operating due to the standby power provided by the 1500 KW generator.