TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)-- Work is officially underway on a new crime lab on Washburn University's campus with the ground breaking ceremony for a new $55 million KBI facility will replace the existing lab in the basement of the agency's headquarters.
Officials expect the new 100,000 square foot lab to be completed by October 2015.
The lab will increase the KBI's capacity for processing crime evidence and allow Washburn faculty and students to train.
"This facility is going to allow us to enhance our staffing, it will enhance our ability to deploy technology and in the end it's designed for efficiency and we really believe we're going to turn our backlogs around," Kirk Thompson, Director of Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
About 70 scientists and technicians will work at the lab, which officials expect will enhance the agency's ability to recruit and retain forensic staff.