Olmsted County

2010 | Rochester, MN

  • Olmsted County Exterior and entry Photo: Peter Kerze
  • Olmsted County Lobby Photo: Peter Kerze
  • Olmsted County Conference room Photo: Peter Kerze

Olmsted County in Rochester, Minnesota chose STUDIOS to design new facilities for their Community Services division. Awarded through a design competition centered around the comfort of the seated office worker, the facility provides office space as well as space for social workers, mental health counselors, and probation officers to work with families, individuals, and other service providers.

A holistic design approach to the interior plan and overall architecture achieved the stated performance criteria which emphasized thermal comfort, daylight, views, and visual and acoustical privacy for the seated occupant. STUDIOS collaborated with Orfield Laboratories, Inc. to develop measures and validate tests for the new office space environment. Olmsted County is the first new building designed by Studios as a member of the Architectural Research Consortium (ARC), which did the pre and post occupancy documentation analysis, and set the building performance standards for the initial design competition.

This facility provides a sensitive, calm environment in which to work through stressful, emotional situations. STUDIOS also integrated security and privacy concerns into the design of the workplace.


  • 2011

    International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Award, Exceptional New Building

  • 2011

    Rochester, MN Committee on Urban Design and Environment (CUDE) Award, Environmental Innovation