Crow Wing County Campus

Based on a 20-year master plan for facilities at their downtown Brainerd campus, Crow Wing County saw the immediate implementation of nearly all of the planned projects. The master plan, which challenged the county’s preconceived ideas around improving their campus, created functional relationships between clustered county departments and maximized public access. The justice cluster, located on the north end of the campus, includes a new jail, a new judicial center, and a law enforcement center. The jail’s site and design in the cluster integrates a seamless flow of inmates securely throughout the judicial process. The adjacent judicial center fosters a strong relationship with the jail, and includes five courtrooms, two hearing rooms, conference and office space, holding cells, court administration, county attorney, and a law library. Meanwhile, the administrative cluster, located on the southeast corner of the campus, features county administration, human resources, assessor’s department, and a consolidated auditor-treasurer’s department. Remodeled from the historic courthouse and adjacent annex, the facility honors the historic fabric of the county by repurposing the historic courtroom into a boardroom for the county. A community services building directly south of the justice cluster includes a community health services, volunteer services, veteran’s services, child support, financial assistance, work force center, and social services that share resources, efficiently deliver services to users, and are conveniently accessible to the public.