Construction of new state laboratory in Bismarck begins

Photo by: WDAY Radio File (Canva)
Photo by: WDAY Radio File (Canva)

(Bismarck, ND) -- North Dakota officials broke ground Tuesday to mark the start of construction of a $70-million-dollar State Laboratory on the Capitol grounds in Bismarck.

Governor Doug Burgum attended the ceremony, and said the new facility will allow for a safer and more efficient workflow, and will enable the state to better respond to public health issues.  

"Whether they know it or not, every North Dakotan benefits from the State Laboratory, from water and air quality testing to disease prevention and control efforts in collaboration with community partners," Burgum said in a release. "We're excited to embark on this transformative and historic project, which underscores our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of all North Dakotans. The new State Laboratory will allow for safer and more efficient workflow while also enhancing our capabilities to respond effectively to emerging public health challenges and environmental threats."

Construction of the 100-thousand-square-foot facility is expected to wrap up in 2026.