St. Louis County Courthouse Addition and Renovation

Originally constructed in 1914 along with the 1997 Sallyport Addition, St. Louis County’s historic courthouse in Virginia, Minnesota was in need of not only a renovation but addition to allow for additional space along with connecting an existing county building.

A driving focus of this project was enhancing energy upgrades to the 50,000 sf existing facility and 9,000 sf addition. Design elements included:

  • high performance windows
  • high efficiency HVAC equipment and building automation control systems
  • high efficiency lighting/daylight harvesting
  • improved ventilation and a more consistent HVAC environment throughout the building
  • occupancy sensors for energy savings and additional safety

To improve the existing appearance of the site, ARI’s landscape architects designed a site plan to enhance the existing access and aesthetics of the site.

The importance of safety and security could not be stressed enough. Secure doorways for the public and staff were designed to allow for not only safety but also for accessibility.

  • access control systems to automatically control public doors
  • card access to secure areas
  • closed circuit TV systems integrated into the design for monitoring purposes.