Washburn is excited to partner with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Construction began in May 2014 on a new state forensics laboratory on the campus of Washburn University. A Topping Off Ceremony is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 24, signifying the final exterior steel beam in place
To be situated between the south end of the Petro Allied Health Center parking lot and Durow Drive, the approximately 100,000 square foot facility will house the State of Kansas crime lab. About 70 scientists and technicians will work at the building once it is completed. The project is anticipated to cost $55 million and the building is expected to open in October 2015. Washburn plans to issue bonds to pay for the building's construction with the State of Kansas repaying those costs, and costs associated with building operations, through a master lease covering the life of the building.
In the future, having KBI and the state crime lab on campus will benefit both the criminal justice and forensic chemical science degree programs already offered at Washburn and allow for new programs in the areas of biological, computer/digital and anthropological forensics. Students will be able to use about 11,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory space in the building and the potential for internships for students, adjunct instructor opportunities for KBI staff and other collaborations will be explored.
A formal groundbreaking was held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
Questions about this project should be directed to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. | Read about the project in the Ichabod magazine.
President Jerry Farley signs the final beam on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.
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Check out the progress in photos.