Hennepin County Medical Examiner Facility, Minnetonka, MN

Élan Design Lab provided civil engineering services as part of the design team with Leo A Daly and Damon Farber for the new $37M, 64,000 SF Hennepin County Medical Examiner (HCME) facility situated on 11 acres. The Medical Examiner’s office serves Hennepin, Dakota and Scott Counties provided investigative services for death related events. The facility located at 14300 County Road 62 in Minnetonka, MN is nestled into a suburban woodland capturing views into natural forests, prairies and wetlands. The site design incorporated extensive security measures to provide privacy and security to the staff and visitors of the medical examiner facility. Gabion walls were integrated into the grading design, as well as berms and swales to integrate a natural look that provides a secure perimeter. Stormwater management incorporated a series of conveyance pipes, swales, forebays and infiltration basins to recharge the groundwater and protect and maintain the hydrology of the downstream wetland system. The stormwater approach met the strict requirements of Nine Mile Creek Watershed, as well as met the B3 guidelines while doubling as a part of the secure perimeter for the site.