New Crime Lab Opens In Anchorage
New crime lab opens a day early
ANCHORAGE- Some call it a big leap forward for public safety for our state as the new state crime lab opened its doors on Friday – a day ahead of schedule.
The state of the art facility is located just around the corner from the old lab off of Tudor Road. At a cost of $87 million, it has all the whistles and bells to satisfy a diehard CSI fan. Besides the new equipment, there’s also more space: The new building is four times as large as the old.
Scientists said they outgrew the old lab years ago. At 26 years old, it was crowded and cramped. Michelle Collins, a forensic biology supervisor, said she’s looking forward to having some room to move.
“We aren’t going to be bumping into each other and analysts aren’t going to have to wait for other analysts to finish a certain step before they can start doing their work, so space is definitely the biggest advantage for us," she said.
“Our hope is that within a year after being here, to have all the backlogs eradicated,” said Crime Lab Director Orin Dym.
Dym said it may take a few weeks before all the evidence from the old lab is moved into the new one, but they hope to be up and running entirely in the new building by the end of June.