Jennifer Finch, Weld County

More than 65 people gathered yesterday morning in west Greeley for the official groundbreaking of the Northern Colorado Regional Crime Lab.  Representatives from the five participating agencies were joined by the public to celebrate the event.

This past spring, the five agencies (Weld County, Larimer County, and the cities of Greeley, Fort Collins and Loveland) each signed an intergovernmental agreement outlining their participation in the crime lab including contribution of operational funding and staff.

The new facility, which will be located at 2329 115th Ave. in Greeley, will be approximately 20,000 square feet and include a drive-through garage/sally port, offices, storage area, meeting and conference rooms and laboratories. The construction of the lab will be paid for by Weld County.

On May 21, 2012, Weld County released a Request For Proposal for the design and construction of the crime lab; Roche Constructors, Inc., was awarded the project in July.

The target completion date for the lab is September 2013.

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