Campus: CSU Fresno -- December 03, 2001
Construction To Begin Dec. 10 On State Crime Lab At CSU
California State University, Fresno
Construction of a new state Department of Justice regional crime lab
will begin Dec. 10 on the campus at California State University, Fresno.
A ground lease is in place to allow construction of the $11.4 million,
state-of-the-art lab at the northwest corner of San Ramon and Woodrow
avenues. The building will replace the state's existing lab at Cedar and
Bullard avenues, which also is on university land.
Zumwalt Construction Co. is the contractor for the 36,700-square-foot
building. The project will be administered through the state Department
of General Services and is expected to be completed in spring 2003.
Harvey Wallace, chairman of the Department of Criminology at Fresno State,
said placement of the lab on the campus is "a great marriage of real
world and academics."
"We have every expectation that our undergraduate and graduate criminology
students will be involved in different aspects of forensics in the crime
lab," he said. Fresno State students have served internships in the
existing lab over the years.
Bruce Palmer, laboratory director, said he anticipates an expanded internship
program with Fresno State. And lab staff may be available to teach courses
for graduate students. The new building includes a teaching lab, separate
from the evidence analysis area, he said.
"We're hoping we will have a much-expanded role with the university,"
The crime lab, one of 11 Department of Justice labs in the state, collects
and analyzes criminal evidence for law enforcement agencies in Fresno
and surrounding counties, Palmer said.
A staff of 31 examines evidence that includes blood alcohol, controlled
substances, DNA, latent fingerprints, hair, fibers, glass, firearms, arson
Scientists also go to crime scenes and clandestine labs to collect and
The crime lab will be part of the third component of a developing science
center on the northeast side of the campus. A Science Building has been
open since October 1976. The Downing Planetarium opened in 2000 just west
of the crime lab site. Construction on a new classroom building called
Science II is expected to begin in 2003.