Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences has begun transforming a former Tulsa fire station into a crime scene investigation laboratory for students in the forensic sciences graduate program.
“This renovated facility will enable our students to learn up-to-date crime scene investigation techniques through realistic simulations,” said OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O. “The addition of the crime scene investigation laboratory demonstrates our strong commitment to providing cutting-edge education for all students.
Damaged steel beams are being replaced and structural repairs are underway. The entire inside of the building, including electrical wiring and ductwork, is being renovated to provide a safe area for students to participate in mock crime scenes. The 2,670-square-foot-building also will include a classroom and conference room.
“The beauty of this lab will be in our ability to tailor the mock crime scenes to the needs of our students and our law enforcement partners,” said Robert Allen, Ph.D., head of the School of Forensic Sciences at OSU-CHS. “The Center for Improvised Explosives also will have access to the facility and can stage mock explosives training exercises to simulate incidents that investigators might face in real life.”
The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of the spring semester.
The former fire station, located at 1712 S. Phoenix Ave., was one of two auctioned off by the City of Tulsa more than a year ago.