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Ward County Office Building Minot, North Dakota

Ward County Office Building

Minot, North Dakota


JLG Architects and BWBR are expanding the Ward County Government Campus to include an addition to their jail, a courthouse remodel, and a new four-story office building. JLG has led planning and design of this initiative, beginning with a feasibility study. BWBR is providing programming, planning, and secure environments consulting for the jail component.

OFFICE BUILDING The office building will be connected to the existing County Courthouse with a skyway and new welcoming pedestrian plaza. Inside, the light-filled atrium provides internal orientation to visitors and brings natural light into internal spaces. The office building exterior compliments the appearance of the 1929 Courthouse while exuding a more contemporary feel. A similar pattern of narrow vertical windows and materials closely matches the Indiana limestone in color and finish, while glass curtainwall details project an open and modern image. 

COURTHOUSE REMODEL Several departments will be moving from the existing courthouse building to the new office building. The existing courthouse building will be renovated to better accommodate the departments which are remaining in the building without affecting the historic integrity of the facility. Those departments include Juvenile Probation, State’s Attorney, Veteran’s Administration and NDSU Extension Services.

JAIL The jail was initially scoped at 42 beds on a site at the existing campus, but during early design, long-term operational and economic efficiency became a key issue. The County asked the team to study several options to determine long-term expansion capabilities. As a result, Ward County is in the process of requesting funds to purchase additional land that will allow the jail to meet demands over the next several years.

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The Office Building will be funded through a half percent sales tax approved by voters last November.