The Buildings and Grounds Department exists to:
- Ensure a clean, well-maintained, efficient, safe, and secure environment for County operations in the Courthouse, Government Center, Jail, and surrounding grounds
- Provide technical advice and counsel to County Board relating to facility and operational needs
- Assume a leadership role in the planning, design, construction administration, and management of all current or future facilities and their needs
There is a staff of seven serving two buildings, approximately 225,000 square feet of space. The Department works with the Head of the Lakes Fair Inc. with regard to the multi-acre fairgrounds complex.
The General Services Department strives to make energy efficiency enhancements within the Government Center, Courthouse, Jail, and surrounding grounds. The Douglas County Energy Committee works with all Douglas County own/operated facilities and assists with these energy enhancement programs. These groups work jointly with Focus on Energy to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.