Swift County board weighs costs, needs for future building projects

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As major renovations to the Swift County Courthouse and the Countryside Public Health buildings in Benson draw toward completion, the board of commissioners is looking at addressing the next phase of construction projects.

Those projects are aimed at meeting space and maintenance needs at the Human Services building, the Swift County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) and Jail, the county attorney’s office, the highway department, and the 6W Community Corrections office space in the basement of the LEC.

In July 2017, the county board approved a $5.105 million general obligation capital improvement plan bond sale to pay for renovations to the courthouse and the Countryside buildings. The new projects, which could be addressed in the coming years, would cost at least another $5 million.

To outline the needs and challenges ahead, the county board brought in Jonathan Loose and Joel Dunning of Wold Architects & Engineers of St. Paul. To start the conversation, they listed the principles adopted by the board that will guide the decisions to be made about future building plans....


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