The Blue Earth County Government Center near downtown Mankato will take on a new look starting in a month-and-a-half as officials expect to begin construction.

Bids have been received on the construction project that also includes a new parking ramp and the County Board will approve a contract in February.

County Administrator Bob Meyer says the bids they received back were positive. 

“Looks like we’re gonna be able to meet kind of the base bid requirements. We did have some alternates, some additional things that we would like to get done if the funds are available. We’re not going to be able to do all of those it doesn’t look like. But, a couple of them which were important in terms of kind of phasing, especially that renovation portion.”

Meyer adds that the big construction project will provide much needed space.

“Because we are adding an addition that will add 25-thousand square feet of finished space. It will be about 10-thousand square feet more of unfinished space in the basement. But, then we’re also renovating the existing building. So that will be a major project in itself to renovate that building.”

The third component of the project will be the new parking ramp, which will be demolished in late March. Work on the expansion will start after the demolition.

County Officials say the approximately 24-million dollar project should be wrapped up in 2020.