Release Date: August 23, 2010

Carlton County breaks ground

Duluth News Tribune

Carlton County breaks ground for new Community Services Center

Carlton County officials broke ground Monday in downtown Cloquet for a new 40,000-square-foot Community Services Building that will combine now separate human services and public health offices.

"We've been working on this project for the last four years," said Carlton County Board Chairman Marvin Bodie, "and I truly believe we've come up with the right building, at the right price, that will serve the needs of the community."

If all goes according to schedule, Bodie said, the building will open in July 2011. The new building will replace two aging county facilities that house county offices for social services; public health; the Women, Infants and Children clinic; child services; the work force center; income maintenance; veterans' services; and motor vehicles. The old human services building will be razed to provide parking space next to the new building.

Wold Architects and Engineers of St. Paul designed the new building following sustainable and energy-efficient guidelines outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council and is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, making it the first LEED project built in Cloquet.

County commissioners last week approved hiring Oscar J. Boldt Construction of Cloquet as the general contractor for the project following 'Best Value Contractor' bidding and hiring process based on price, project approach, project and team experience, LEED experience and challenge assessments.

Sustainable features of the new building, according to materials provided by Boldt, will include: use of low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption, high-efficiency HVAC systems, recycling of construction waste, at least partial use of regional building materials, implementation of a comprehensive "green" cleaning/housekeeping program, selection of refrigerants and systems that minimize or eliminate the emission of ozone-depleting compounds and installation of bicycle storage and changing rooms to encourage use of alternative transportation.