Ground broken for new service center
St. Louis County labor, construction, and local elected officials, broke ground Thursday on a new $19 million St. Louis County Government Service Center - Virginia. 
Development of the 65,600 square-foot facility starts this month toward an August-September 2019 completion date. The center, at the corner of First Street South between Third and Fourth Avenue in Virginia, will replace the Northland Building (in background). 
Tony Mancuso, St. Louis County property management director, said the new center "will be a very high performance, net zero," building. 
Max Gray Construction of Hibbing and Duluth is the general contractor and DSGW is the architect. 
The center will be constructed by union labor with steel made in the United States, said St. Louis County Commissioner Keith Nelson. Following completion of the new center, the Northland Building will be demolished, said Mancuso.