ROANOKE, Va. -

Crews are well on their way to expanding the region's forensic lab.

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science held a ceremonial ground breaking for the new building Monday.

Crews will also renovate the current building.

According to the director of forensic science, the new building will also provide lab spaces for the controlled substances unit, toxicology and trace evidence.

"We have been at capacity since 2005, so we were very excited when we were able and given authorization to purchase this adjacent land in 2009 so we could plan for this expansion,” said director Linda Jackson.

Construction is expected to be finished in September 2016.

The project will cost $34 million dollars.