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BEMIDJI, MN-Minneapolis-based Kraus-Andersen recently completed work on a new Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Lab. The firm’s Bemidji-based north division providedconstruction management services for the city on the 26,284-sf facility, currently underlease to the state BCA.

Housing resources for crime investigation and evidence analysis, the facility serves primarily the northern Minnesota region, enabling investigators to proceed more efficiently, without sending evidence to the Twin Cities for analysis.

At the end of its 20-year lease, the facility will revert to state ownership.

Designed by The Leonard Parker Associates, the building is secured, starting with the reception area, which is protected by bulletproof glass and wall systems. With the exception of a classroom, all areas are entered through a security system. An 8,200-sf labsite comprises five rooms connected by an interactive hallway and providing specialty analyses relating to drug chemistry, latent prints, photography, biology and firearms, including a firing range.

The BCA project is north division’s sixth project for the city, having previously completed the Northview Manor, Bemidji tourist information center, Bemidji sewer treatment plant, as well as security upgrades to the Bemidji/Beltrami County Airport andhistoric restoration of the Great Northern Depot for use by the Beltrami County Historical Society.

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