After extensive study of how to best reuse their existing Government Center including relocating their very large Human Services Department from a remote site, the County decided to proceed ahead with a new Government Center to be co-located with their Law Enforcement and Justice Centers. The new building provides a single point of service for citizens for 14 County departments as well as the County Board Room and a Department of Motor Vehicles service center.

Client: Wright County, MN
Type:  Law Enforcement, Justice, Court, Planning & Studies
Size: Justice Center – 155,000 sq ft //
Government Center – 205,000 sq ft

Contemporary Design

Departments accommodated include Court Administration, Court Services / Probation, a Law Library, County Attorney and space for Jury Assembly. With full security screening for the building, direct secure holding access to all 9 courtrooms and secure staff circulation, the Wright County Courthouse is a model for secure courthouse design concepts while also showcasing timeless contemporary design, current initiatives for access to natural light, and thoughtful spaces for staff collaboration.The project broke ground in May 2018 and is expected to be completed in Summer 2020.


A direct corridor connection to the jail allows secure inmate transfer complete separated from staff or public areas and multiple secure visitation spaces allow inmates to meet with their attorneys without either exiting the secure perimeter. Security stations for bailiffs and full weapons screening for the public also help ensure a safe environment in the Justice Center.