Government Center Campus Improvements

A Neighborhood Open House will be held on Wednesday, December 5, from 6 to 8 PM at the Scott County Government Center (200 Fourth Avenue West, Shakopee).  Click here to view the invitation/brochure.

Government Center Campus Improvements new

The History.


Given historical trends and present and future needs, a study was commissioned in February 2016 to forecast Government Center Campus space needs to accommodate a growing population through 2040.  The purpose of the study was to provide verifiable, accurate information to the Scott County Board of Commissioners to help in making strategic, long-term decisions regarding the use of and investment in County facilities. 


The space study guiding principles were:


  • Centralize and enhance quality customer service
  • Retain/attract employees through an inviting, flexible, and unifying work atmosphere
  • Develop consistent safety/security standards
  • Define staff/public separation, preserve welcoming spaces
  • Create adaptable/flexible spaces
  • Utilize technology for work space mobility and efficiency, while maintaining cost and personal interactions
  • Provide services that extend to all areas of the County
In consultation with appropriate Scott County staff, Wold Architects and Engineers developed a staffing study and a building use needs study for short and long-term use, a recommendation as to how best to achieve greater efficiencies, and a building program as to how and where to meet the demands for current and future operations.  

Information was gathered through an online survey, a workshop, an open house, and ongoing meetings/discussions; the study effort was also guided and informed by several groups representing Scott County.  The resulting study projected needs through 2040, and was focused on developing good solutions that support the County’s mission.  A final report, which included recommendations, was submitted in September 2017.

From 1990 to 2015, the number of staff has grown from 450 to about 715 (full time equivalent) employees.  Even as Scott County has become a much more efficient organization (adding only 265 employees in the past 25 years), the County’s population is projected to grow to 190,000 by 2040 – and new employees will be needed to meet the service needs and expectations of a new and diversifying population.  

The Project.


The Scott County Government Center campus will be undergoing some significant improvements between spring 2019 and late 2022, which will include:


The construction of a new facility: 


A new facility will be constructed just to the west of the current Government Center and to the north of the existing Justice Center to accommodate future growth, centralize customer services, increase efficiencies, and improve access to facilities and parking.

Renovations to the Justice Center:


The renovation of the Justice Center will add much-needed courtrooms to an overcrowded building.

Renovations to the Government Center:


A series of smaller renovation projects will address the needs and challenges of 30- to 50-year-old infrastructure.

New storage at Public Works:


A new storage building at the Public Works facility near Jordan to extend the life of existing equipment that is currently being stored outdoors.

All of these projects are aimed at improving the safety and security of the public and County employees.  In addition, it will allow for 183 new parking spaces, an increase from 378 to 570.

In the news.


Click here for the article featured in the June/July Scott County SCENE.

High Level Timeline (subject to change)



November 2017

Open House held



December 2017

Public Hearing held



March - May 2018


Building planning

June - September 2018


Layout/design work

October 2018 - March 2019


Contract documents/specifications 

Summer 2019


Construction begins

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