Suffolk County Police Department Latent Print Laboratory

A Building Design Methodology Based on an Ergonomic Approach


Yaphank, NY


Suffolk County Department of Public Works

Project Cost

$8.3 million


The Suffolk County Police Department’s Latent Print Laboratory is responsible countywide for evidence processing and storage, latent fingerprint processing, the fingerprint repository, and print comparisons. The existing laboratory, which is approximately 10,300 sf, is not accredited and is neither large enough nor suitable for upgrading to an accredited laboratory. LiRo is providing architectural, engineering, and accreditation services for a new state-of-the-art Suffolk County Police Department Forensic Science Laboratory.

About the Project

The proposed 13,600 sf facility will house all of the forensic operations and supporting spaces within a one-story structure, making the facility economical and enhancing the overall appearance of the campus. The Suffolk County Police Department anticipates receiving an ANSI-ASQ National Board (ANAB) accreditation in the areas of latent fingerprint processing, fingerprint comparison, and individual pattern interpretation (SCALPS). It will be situated at the Northwest end of the Suffolk County Police Department’s Campus located in Yaphank, New York. LiRo is providing a wide variety of professional services that includes architectural design, structural engineering, site/ civil engineering, mechanical engineering, plumbing engineering, security systems design, forensic laboratory accreditation, forensic laboratory design, geotechnical engineering, land surveying, electrical engineering, fire protection engineering, and construction cost estimating.

Project Challenges & Solutions

LiRo’s full spectrum of architects and engineers, in cooperation with our subconsultants, studied various concepts and different layouts to develop an ergonomic building for Suffolk County and its law enforcement community. The design provides a welcoming entrance into the Suffolk County Police Department Latent Print Laboratory from the south, while establishing and expressing the strength and security this type of facility mandates. The design maintains its contextual relationship to adjacent buildings by respecting their height and finishes but establishing prominence within its architectural language.


Civil & Structural Engineering
Mechanical, Electrical, & Telecom Engineering
Architecture & Sustainable Design


Police/ Fire