What it is: Walworth County is poised to begin construction on a two-story, 77,500-square-foot health and human services building this year.

The building is about the same size as the existing health and human services building—which is about 50 years old—but the new building’s layout and design will focus on customer service. It also will “allow staff to function more effectively and will also include room for future expansion,” according to March public works documents.

The new building will house health and human services’ eight primary departments: behavioral health, mental health, public health, crisis intervention, aging and disability resource center, economic support services, children’s health and administration.

The exterior will mostly consist of brick and glass with stone trim. Those materials were chosen to “strike a balance with the existing buildings and promote a campus feel,” according to the documents.

How much will it cost: The county estimates the building will cost $18.8 million.

Where it will be: The building will be constructed on a vacant, county-owned lot at 1910 County NN in Elkhorn.

When construction will begin: Bids for the project are due May 31. If the Walworth County Public Works Committee approves the contract in June, construction is expected to begin this fall. County employees likely will move in by December 2019, with site restoration and landscaping expected by May 2020, weather permitting.

Who’s overseeing it: The public works committee and county engineer Joe Kroll are overseeing the project. Venture Architects of Milwaukee will be the project designers.

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