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Groundbreaking for new crime lab in Missouri

By CN Staff

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo.—KAI 360 Construction Services is providing construction management services for a highly anticipated new forensic crime lab in Jefferson County, with Hastings+Chivetta Architects serving as architect of record. Groundbreaking for the new facility, to be built on Mason Circle Drive in Pevely, Mo., was held on May 6, 2024.

Once completed, the new 10,500-square-foot laboratory will be adjacent to an existing evidence storage facility on site.

The $11.5 million facility will reduce turnaround time for evidence testing for all law enforcement agencies in the county. For years, evidence collected in Jefferson County, about 30 minutes south of St. Louis City, was sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol lab for testing, with turnaround times for results ranging from several months to a year in some cases.

Jefferson County's new lab concept includes areas for processing DNA evidence, vehicles, fingerprints, drug testing and firearms. A separate area is designated for computer crime investigation. The lab is scheduled for completion in 2025. K&S Associates Inc. is the general contractor on the project.

“Jefferson County continues to invest in public safety to keep our citizens safe, and with this new investment in the crime lab, we now have the ability to prioritize cases from our own community,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak. “This single investment is important not only to the citizens of Jefferson County, but also to the St. Louis region, as we know criminals can cross borders.”

KAI Enterprises is a national design and construction firm that provides execution-driven construction solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house professionals from multiple disciplines, and expertise in design and construction execution. Founded in 1980, KAI has grown to become one of the largest minority-owned firms in the AEC industry. For more than 40 years, KAI has strived to transform communities through its expertise in residential, commercial, K-12, higher education, healthcare, science and technology, aviation, mobility, sports and entertainment, government, water, and community-focused projects. KAI Enterprises is comprised of four distinct business units – KAI Design, KAI Engineering, KAI Build, and KAI 360 Construction Services.

Hastings+Chivetta Architects is a national design firm dedicated to creating unique places that continually evolve with the times. For more than sixty years, the team of architects, planners and interior designers has been guided by a commitment to collaboration and unbridled creativity. Areas of focus include municipal, state, higher education, K-12 and corporate markets for clients across the United States.