Monday, June 1, 2009

CFL Update

The Consolidated Forensics Laboratory (CFL) is closer to reality now that several milestones have occurred. MPD moved into their new District 1 HQ building at the former Bowen Elementary School in April. Then, on May 6th, Mayor Fenty announced that Whiting-Turner was selected as the contractor for design-build services for construction of the CFL, worth $148 million. Demolition of the old 1D HQ can start once the contract is approved by the D.C. Council, which could happen as soon as next month. On May 19th, the D.C. Council held a round table on the proposed contract. A vote could happen at the Council's June 2 meeting. Take a look at my post from June 2008 for more details on the CFL and the following link shows what green features will be offered. (Above is a rendering of the new CFL, which will be located at the NW corner of 4th and E Street, from the CFL website)

Update: There's an article in yesterday's Washington Examiner that states Mayor Fenty has withdrawn the Whiting-Turner contract after an appeals court ruled the Mayor skirted city contracting laws when awarding the CFL construction contract to the firm. This latest development may stall construction of the CFL, which was supposed to get underway this spring.

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