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State of the Lab today. (Lydia DePillis)

Since touring the construction site for a story on union unrest last fall, I’ve been watching District’s $220 million Consolidated Forensics Laboratory come out of the ground. One of the few municipal buildings in Federal Center southwest, it’s really quite a striking building, and Councilmember Phil Mendelson gets really excited talking about the cutting-edge criminal analysis that will take place inside it. The real revolution here, as he’s described it, is separating that process from the police themselves, removing any incentive for tampering.

Also, here’s a very fast time lapse video courtesy of the Department of Real Estate Services’ construction cam: