Wednesday, June 19, 2013
State Crime Lab Under Budget, On Time
After years of controversy about the size and scope of the project, the lab will be ready for scientists next summer.
Money is headed back into state coffers, as a major construction project appears to be coming in under budget.
The Alaska State Legislature granted money for the new state crime lab last year after years of controversy about the project’s size and scope.
Construction ran into a hiccup when $20,000 worth of copper piping was stolen from the site this winter.
While the crime has gone unsolved, the missing copper piping hasn’t impacted the overall project. According to those in charge, the construction is running smoothly.
“The project is on time and it's under budget. As a matter of fact, the governor's administration has returned about $5 million of the $92 million appropriation to the state coffers this year because we are projecting to be about $5 million under run so we are giving the money back,” said DOT Project Manager Matt Tanaka.
That $5 million is being given back to the state through the 2012 capital budget before the Legislature in the final days of session.
Under the current construction plan, about 15 percent of the building will be unfinished allowing for expansion of lab space later on.
The new crime lab is slated to be done and ready for the scientists to start using it in June 2012.