DAKOTA COUNTY WESTERN SERVICE CENTER & COURTHOUSE
Location: Apple Valley, Minnesota
Located on a sprawling 19-acre suburban site, this 160,000 sf Service Center consolidates governmental services to the residents of Dakota County. The four primary service sectors - courtrooms, library, human services, and physical development - are organized around a central Atrium. The Atrium features a long sloping copper roof that gives the building a readily identifiable silhouette. Features such as this distinctive Atrium and the formal entry courtyard that it opens onto, combine to create an urban contemporary presence for the new Center.