A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Thursday for a new Multi-Agency State Laboratory Campus in Jefferson City at 2:00 p.m.

The planned multi-story 250,000 square-foot state laboratory campus will be home to several state agencies in hopes of providing one singular approach to human, animal, environmental, and criminal testing in the Show-Me State. The agencies include the Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The campus will also allow the different agencies to collaborate, share information, expertise, equipment, supplies, and support services, in addition to improving their ability to serve the public.
“Missouri strives to lead the nation in public safety, health, agricultural production, wildlife and environmental areas,” said Commissioner Ken Zellers, Office of Administration. “This new campus brings all of those pieces together for improved information and resource sharing, ultimately creating a safer and healthier community for generations of Missourians.”

The estimated project cost is $183 million with an estimated completion timeline of December 2026.

According to the Office of Administration, each of the state’s current laboratory facilities is aging and becoming outdated, which impacts productivity, efficiency, and the ability to adopt new technologies. The labs also are in different locations, which hinders the departments’ ability to collaborate.

Gov. Mike Parson will be in attendance and provide details about the new lab and how it will serve residents. An updated design will also be presented to the public.

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