• Location: Painesville, Ohio

After decades of retrofitting outdated buildings scattered across several locations to house various departments, the Lake County Commissioners are now located in a single, new office space dedicated to County operations. The new Lake County Administration Center centralizes all operations into one cohesive complex that covers 111,394 square feet – 78,760 of which is new construction.

B&N led the design of the modern office complex that stands as a centerpiece on the square in downtown Painesville, Ohio. Joining the old with the new, the five-story building was constructed adjacent to the existing five-story, 1920s era Nolan Bank Building. A large centralized connector joins the two buildings with a grand lobby space that welcomes visitors. The design reflects the gothic style of the Nolan Building and a neighboring church, but with modern flair. Renovations were also made to the Nolan Building, further extending the project goals and ideals of the County Administration Center expansion: consolidation, connectivity, new vision, urban renewal, community and collaboration.

The new complex, with its inviting lobby, serves as a new front door for the County from the town square in downtown Painesville.

B&N's scope of services included:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture 
  • Interior Design
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

As the design firm, B&N worked with the County to follow a Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) process to identify a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) to hold the construction contract.