Thursday, June 26, 2008

Update on Consolidated Forensics Laboratory (CFL)

At Monday evening's SWNA (Southwest Neighborhood Assembly) meeting, Dr. William Vosburgh, the CFL's Laboratory Director, gave an update on the development schedule of the CFL. The CFL will be located at 4th and E Street, which currently is the site of MPD's 1st District Headquarters. The police station will relocate by winter 2009 to Bowen Elementary School at Delaware Avenue & M Street, one of the schools that was closed this year by the Schools Chancellor. Once the 1st District HQ moves to Bowen, construction of the CFL will begin. Construction should last about 30 months and by mid to late 2011, workers should start moving into the new facility. The CFL will be home to MPD's Crime Lab, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the DC Public Health Lab. A total of 300 - 350 employees will be housed at the facility. The Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, PC-designed building will aim for LEED Gold certification and will cost $220 million to build. It will be 287,000 SF and 6-stories tall, will accommodate 160 underground parking spaces and 60 street-level spaces. The main entrance to the CFL will be on E Street, which faces the vacant lot the DC Government recently put out to bid (see earlier post).

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