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New human service building nearing completion in Slayton

SLAYTON -- The Murray County Commissioners took time during a Tuesday board meeting to walk through the nearly completed human services building.

The new building will house Western Mental Health, RSVP, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray Health Services (LLMHS) and Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone Public Health (LLMPPH). The entities are scheduled to start moving into their new spaces in mid-March and be operational March 17.

The 8,500-square-foot building is complete with a break room and meeting/conference room, which will seat about 40 people and have a large whiteboard and 52-inch television.

"I wanted this room to be as high-tech as we could afford," Murray County Commissioner and Chairman Kevin Vickerman said. "We wanted to do this once and do it right."

Each office has an outside window, and each doorway has a small window running down the side, giving the feeling of an open environment. Heavy wooden door frames add to the richness of the décor.

From the main entryway, there is a central waiting area and reception windows for LLMHS and LLMPPH. Inside the public health area are offices and an exam room. The countertops in the health services area are lower than usual for handicap accessibility.

The estimate for the building was originally in the $1.6 million range, but was lowered to $1.2 million. The building itself cost slightly more than $800,000, with the rest of the funds going toward parking lot, sidewalks and landscaping. According to the commissioners, the construction came in at least $200,000 under budget.

Located next to the Escape Teen Center, a grand opening celebration for the human services building will take place in the spring, but no date has been set.