Wall Breaking Ceremony Kicks off Gov't Services Center Project

Posted at: 10/23/2013 10:56 PM
Updated at: 10/24/2013 9:07 AM
By: Zach Hammer

A "wall breaking" ceremony kicked off a project on Wednesday, that St. Louis County officials say will save money in the long term. 

The renovation of the Government Services Center in Downtown Duluth will take two years and cost $21 million dollars. But that's money St. Louis County Commissioner Frank Jewell says is well spent.

"[The Government Services Center will be] far more usable, way more efficient, and when it's done we'll be able to move County employees into this building and out of rented space," said Jewell minutes before wielding a sledgehammer and slamming it into a wall.

The County says taxpayer money will be saved when its utilities are updated, which will result in lower energy consumption.

On top of that, the County says, the renovations will create 100 construction jobs over the project's duration.