Wold Architects and Engineers representatives presented building designs for the new jail and the Community Services Building Tuesday to the Crow Wing County Board.
A public display will be available on the first floor of the courthouse in Brainerd.
Commissioners reviewed building plans and approved a proposal to seek bids on finishing the entire Community Services Building or a portion of it versus leaving future space areas as shells. Susan Beck, human services director, spoke in favor of completing at least a portion of space on the service building's second floor for child support offices. The county expects to move into the space in late 2005. Beck said the space was designed with no expansion room meaning when one staff person is added, which is expected in 2006, there would be no room for a single workstation.
The Community Services Building will house public health, child support, RSVP and Veterans Services on the main floor. The second level will house the WorkForce Center and Social Services income maintenance offices and reception area.
The floors were designed to have shared office space between departments. The third floor will house Social Services adult/children and family services and administration offices.
Space has not been designed for large public meeting rooms as the current Service Building is expected to fill that county need for big groups.
The jail is designed for 226 beds and will be constructed with growth potential for 400 inmates.
The new buildings in the government complex take architectural cues from the historic courthouse.
RENEE RICHARDSON can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5852.
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