Due to unprecedented, rapid growth in population, the Williams County Commission saw an opportunity to bring their county departments under one roof that would benefit all. JLG Architects, along with a Building Committee of representatives of each department for Williams County (Williams County Highway Department, Williams County Weed Control, and Williston Vector Control District), set out to create a functional and cohesive building that would meet all the needs of the three departments while gaining efficiency in programming by sharing core spaces and building infrastructure.
JLG led employee engagement sessions that allowed the design to be tailored to the needs of the three county departments while creating efficiencies and future growth opportunities that fit within the Williams County budget. JLG performed extensive equipment analysis including required parking space, vehicle weights and sizes, emissions, turning radius, daily site traffic flow, and potential future equipment, which all determined basic dimensions for the structure and site.
The structure’s agrarian aesthetic was determined early on by the group to reflect the area and population the building serves. Along with aesthetic preferences, the group expressed a need for public space within the building for Township meetings, discussions with the surrounding industry, and use as an emergency response center. The resulting program and building form became a future-ready structure that positioned Williams County for a more engaging and functional office environment that more efficiently serves the community