- COMPLETION DATE: 2001
- CONSTRUCTION COST: $20 Million
- TOTAL SQ. FT.: 165,000
Completed in 2001, this 165,000 sf facility was designed to consolidate formerly dispersed county offices into one central location to improve delivery of government services for all county residents. In addition, the design included a robust structural framing system to house emergency service operations during natural disasters, thus developing a unique dual purpose building.
The design concept was based on a vertical strategy to locate the most heavily used public interface services (e.g. Permits, Business License, Courts) on the first level, with less frequently contacted services on the second floor, and secure functions (e.g. Emergency Operations Center, Dispatch Control, IT Operations) on the top floor. This simple premise optimizes service to the public.
The interior layout is anchored around a full height circular atrium with extended corridors accessing all departments. This design feature orients the building users and visitors to the point of entry, the ground level secure lobby.
The exterior design consists of a formal symmetrical brick and architectural precast concrete panel design with large glazed openings and columnated front lobby that imparts a sense of restrained dignity and purpose.