Renovations begin on Duluth's Government Services Center

By KBJR News 1

October 23, 2013 Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 11:07 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A big change is coming to one of Duluth's core service buildings.

On Wednesday, a wall-breaking ceremony marked the beginning of a two-year, $21 million facelift for the Saint Louis County Government Service Center.

Currently, the center houses a number of county services from Public Health and Human Services to the County Extension office.

While county officials say the 30-year-old building's structure is strong, the facility can't support the increased demand in advanced technology.

"When it was built it really had none of what you need today for computers. There's a lot of electrical. The other thing about it is this building is going to be energy efficient in a way that this building never was," said St. Louis County Commissioner Frank Jewell.

Engineers say the improvements will help reduce energy consumption by up to 60 percent.

The project is expected to create more than 100 construction jobs.

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