McCownGordon Completes Forensic Laboratory Center for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at Washburn University
TOPEKA, KS McCownGordon Construction completes the Kansas Bureau of Investigation's $55 million forensic laboratory. Housed on the Washburn University campus in Topeka, Kansas, the 100,000-square-foot, leading-edge crime lab houses spaces dedicated to biology, DNA, toxicology, chemistry, firearm/tool mark, latent prints, trace evidence, digital forensics, vehicle processing and evidence storage.
The facility was built in partnership with Washburn University and will also be home to the college's forensic department, allowing students to learn in the same facility as industry experts.
"We have more than 70 scientists and technicians working in our new building," said KBI Lab Director Mike Van Stratton. With their crime lab formerly in the basement of a Topeka school, Van Stratton said the scientists and technicians are thrilled to begin working in the new facility.
The McCownGordon team worked hand-in-hand with PGAV Architects under a construction management at risk delivery to create the state-of-the-art facility.
"Completing complex, innovative projects is where we thrive," said Ramin Cherafat, COO of McCownGordon. "We are excited to be a part of such a significant project to the State of Kansas."
In 2013 McCownGordon opened their first regional office in Manhattan, Kansas, serving the state of Kansas. In two years the office has doubled its staff and continues to provide best-in-class construction services throughout the region. The firm recently completed the Big Well Museum in Greensburg, Kansas, and is currently building the new Regional Aquatic Facility in Dodge City, Kansas.