County looks at building multi-facility office space

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Built in 1984-85, the Swift County Law Enforcement Center and Jail closely matches the historic courthouse. The LEC would be torn down with a two-story, 35,000-square-foot building replacing it.
An architect’s drawing of how the new facility would be placed.

Jail, sheriff, county attorney, 6W Corrections, human services under one roof

If the Swift County Board of Commissioners goes ahead with building a new multi-agency building on the west side of the courthouse, there are several ways in which it can pay for it. All of its options call for selling bonds that would be paid for by taxpayers.

Last week commissioners voted 4-1 to retain Wold Architects & Engineers of St. Paul to conduct a $20,000 study to develop a more detailed layout, design and cost analysis for building.

It would be a two-story, 35,000-square-foot building, housing a new 25-bed jail, the sheriff’s office, human services, 6W Community Corrections, the county attorney, and the Restorative Practices program. It is estimated that the new building would cost $15.6 million.

The current Swift County Law Enforcement Center and jail, built in 1984-85, would be torn down. It currently only houses the sheriff’s office and jail.

During construction, the sheriff’s staff would have to be housed in another building. Dispatch services would likely have to be farmed out and all prisoners held at the local jail placed elsewhere during the estimated one year of construction.

Estimated costs of a new building

Service    Sq Ft    $/Sq Ft    Total cost
Jail    15,000    $400    $6,000,000
Sheriff    5,000    $300    $1,500,000
6W Corrections    850    $300    $255,000
County attorney & RJ    2,600    $275    $715,000
Human Services    11,000    $275    $3,025,000
Jail/LEC demolition            $150,000
Contingency, fees, testing    30%        $3,493,500
Project estimated cost            $15,138,500
Estimated cost for temporary office space    
Housing prisoners            $500,000        Total cost            $15.638 million

In looking at costs of the three existing buildings that would be folded into one, Wold found the utilities, operational and maintenance costs were $1 per square foot above industry averages for similar buildings. A larger building housing all the operations would save about $15,000 per year on those costs.

Conducting the $20,000 study would give the county board the information it needs to take the next step, Loose said....

 

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Pictured, top:  Built in 1984-85, the Swift County Law Enforcement Center and Jail closely matches the historic courthouse. The LEC would be torn down with a two-story, 35,000-square-foot building replacing it.
 

Bottom:  An architect’s drawing of how the new facility would be placed.

 

 

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