Dunn County Courthouse

Manning, North Dakota

As Dunn County continued to see oil industry-related growth, their existing 1980s courthouse no longer met their needs. To provide solutions, JLG worked with the County on a remodel and expansion that would enhance flexibility to accommodate future growth. The project also needed to consolidate scattered public service facilities and increase security for the court system. These goals drove an expansion at each end of their current facility, as well as a remodel of many of the existing spaces, all while staying occupied throughout construction. Departmental service windows were arranged along a public service concourse to assure easy interaction between county staff and citizens. Many departments were then combined into a single, flexible office environment to encourage staff collaboration and efficiency while easily accommodating change. Departments requiring security, like social services, were given their own entrance centered around a secure corridor and provided with behind-the-scenes circulation. JLG ensured the building image reflected the industrial and agrarian materiality of Badlands County, sending a friendly and welcoming message to its citizens. Overall, this expansion achieved enhancement of department circulation, created flexibility for future use, and made public interaction safer and more inviting.