TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Construction on a new crime lab for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation will now begin.
The KBI along with Washburn University officials held a groundbreaking Wednesday for the lab on the Washburn University campus.
The 55 million dollar facility will replace an existing lab in the basement of the agency’s headquarters, a former Topeka school built in 1928.
Around 70 scientists and technicians will work at the lab once it is completed.
The lab will allow Washburn faculty and students to train and increase the KBI’s capacity for processing crime evidence.
“And what that will mean is our criminal justice system will work more effectively,” says KBI Director Kirk Thompson. “We will move things through the system quicker and hopefully we will hold criminals accountable quicker and will reduce victimization and will keep our citizens safer.”
Officials expect the new three story 100,000 square foot lab to be completed by October of 2015.