Carlton county health and human services1
Carlton county health and human services
Carlton county health and human services4
Carlton county health and human services3
Carlton county health and human services2

Carlton County Health and Human Services

In 2006, Wold Architects and Engineers were hired to help the county understand their long-range needs for all county departments. After this master plan, it was clear that improvements to their Health and Human Services were their priority. Their operations were scattered across three facilities located in Carlton, MN and Cloquet, MN, causing difficulties for clients needing services. The Master Plan recommended a singular Community Services Building be constructed in downtown Cloquet, MN.

This new Community Services Building combines all related offices into a singular building that includes Human Services, Public Health, Veteran Services, Licensing and Minnesota Workforce. The new 40,000 square foot facility was designed to complement and revitalize the downtown area and to develop an existing brownfield site. Further, the building was designed to expand to the east when needed.

Sustainability was also crucial to the county, and the facility incorporates green building strategies including:

  • Natural daylighting into office areas.
  • Utilizes local and regional materials.
  • Incorporates materials with recycled content.
  • Incorporates water efficient plumbing fixtures.
  • Maximized energy efficiency in HVAC systems.
  • Lighting is LEC and controlled through sensors and a stepped dimming strategy
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