Last week, Mayor Fenty announce that the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) construction contract selection package was sent to the City Council for review and approval. At the ANC1A meeting last Wednesday, a representative of the CFL dropped off the May 2009 newsletter that provided a few more details, and you can read more at the CFL site. The following excerpts are from the Web site:
The CFL will be a state-of-the-art research facility for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Forensic Laboratory, the Department of Health (DOH) Public Health Laboratory and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). It will coordinate crime, public safety and health investigations to help law enforcement solve crimes quickly without having to rely on other laboratories with competing priorities. The total project cost will be about $220 million, including specialized equipment.
The CFL will be built on the site of the former MPD First District Headquarters, at 415 4th Street, SW in Ward 6. The First District recently moved to the former Bowen School in southwest, paving the way for demolition. The firm-fixed price contract includes abatement and demolition of the old building as well as a 35 percent set-aside for Certified Business Enterprises (CBE).