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Widseth Designed an Efficient Truck Station for MnDOT in Little Falls

The 16,000 square-foot. MnDOT Truck Station in Little Falls, MN, includes vehicle storage, a wash bay, maintenance area, administrative area, inventory center, toilet/locker rooms, and miscellaneous building support. The energy efficient facility is designed to Minnesota’s B3–MSBG standards. The site accommodates efficient flow of large vehicles, access to the site, large quantities of stockpiled fill, connection to city utilities, and stormwater control.

Widseth Helped Crow Wing County Repurpose Their Law Enforcement Center

In 2006, Crow Wing County’s move into its new jail facility left the old jail facility, located below the Sheriff’s office, empty and unusable. The Sheriff’s office and facilities staff provided considerable input on a master plan that repurposes most of the building to accommodate the Sheriff’s office’s current needs, technologies, and safety measures. The newly renovated spaces include dispatch, meeting rooms, office spaces, breakrooms, an Emergency Operations Center, exercise room, and more. Improved ventilation and indoor air quality, energy efficient HVAC equipment and light fixtures, and cost-effective HVAC controls ensure a comfortable, modern work environment that conserves the County’s resources.

Sustainable Strategies Make Staples City Hall Healthy and Efficient

Sustainable site design features include native and drought tolerant landscaping and a parking lot constructed of pervious asphalt pavement, which allows runoff to filter through. Exterior windows are outfitted with sunshades to block direct sunlight during the summer months while tubular skylights bring natural light into the central area of the building. Interior finishes constructed of recycled materials and low VOC adhesives improve the indoor air quality.

The interior lighting includes a daylight harvesting system which adjusts the light levels based on the amount of sunlight entering the building. Occupancy sensors automatically turn lights off in unoccupied rooms to reduce energy use.

Semcac Transit Facility

Government buildings need to be efficient, functional, and safe. Whether you need a new maintenance facility, public safety building, or city hall, Widseth’s architects and engineers will listen to your needs and guide you through a collaborative design experience.

Grant County Highway Department Enjoys Remodeled Maintenance Facility

The addition and remodel project includes vehicle repair and storage bays, a wash bay, and storage area for parts. The vehicle repair bay and wash bay include clearstory windows and solar tube skylights to allow natural daylight into interior spaces. Accessible toilet rooms and locker rooms are designed within the existing building area. Both the new and existing areas are fully sprinklered to meet current building code standards.

“After communicating our needs to them, Widseth had a good understanding of the overall objective to remodel existing spaces and add on to our maintenance facility. The space was designed effectively and efficiently, and they were very cost conscious in the design and construction of our building.”

—Tracey VonBargen, PE – Grant County Engineer

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