Academic journal article Forensic Science Communications

FBI's New Laboratory Building

Academic journal article Forensic Science Communications

FBI's New Laboratory Building

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On January 17, 2003, nearly 650 Laboratory employees began moving from FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC, to a new facility in Quantico, Virginia. All moving was done after regular business hours beginning Friday evenings and continuing until the scheduled units were completed. Most moves were done within 20-30 hours. The moves were scheduled for weekends through March until all 24 case-working, response, and administrative units were relocated.

A week prior to the scheduled moves, the evidence from the case-working units was moved by armed escorts. A commercial mover was contracted to pack and move office and laboratory supplies, equipment, and furniture. To satisfy security concerns, Laboratory personnel were assigned line-of-sight duties during 12-hour shifts to watch the movers while they worked in FBI Headquarters and in the new Laboratory building.

As each van was loaded, Laboratory personnel counted and recorded the number of items. When a van was full, it was locked and tamper-proof sealed. Teams of 8-10 moving vans made the 100-mile round-trips repeatedly during the night, followed by escorts in cars that maintained line-of-sight control of the vans. Upon arrival at the new Laboratory building, the seals were verified and then the vans were unlocked.

The Laboratory's nearly 500,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art design reveals four floors for specialized laboratories and offices and a library on the fifth floor, a 900-space parking garage, and a stand-alone central utilities plant. …

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