Wright County Jail3800 Braddock Ave. NE
Buffalo, MN 55313
Design Achievement - Wright County was faced with the state's fastest-growing population over a 15-year period, and its facility needs were quickly outpaced by existing facilities. DLR Group's design team worked with County administrators to project growth and future needs, examine various scenarios, and design a solution that responded to current needs. The downtown jail, only ten years old, was on a constricted site that could not be effectively expanded. Instead, the design team identified an 89- acre site that would allow for an initial 30-acre use and leave sufficient space for future expansion. The site allows future expansion of the parking, building and geothermal well field in all directions; core support areas of the jail components are designed to support larger housing units as they are added. Future phases will include the State District Court System.
Scope Summary - The new Law Enforcement Center consists of a120,000 SF 326-bed county jail, expandable to 446 beds, and a 47,700 SF regional Law Enforcement Center (LEC) planned for up to 120 staff for the County Sheriff's Department. The LEC building is divided into two functional areas; patrol and street-related operations on the lower walkout level and office/administration departments on the upper level. Site improvements include a 5-acre geothermal well field to supply heating and cooling to the building. DLR Group provided architecture and interior design services.