This important public building was designed by architect Jack West to project a commanding presence. To enhance that effect the construction site was raised up, elevating the building adding perceived importance.
The design gives the impression of a interconnected geometric shapes and gives the impression of movement between the strong horizontal lines. This project underwent a 40% reduction in budget yet the building still resulted in a striking design despite the cutbacks. Also utilized gardens and water features to soften the line between outdoors and indoors.
A sculpture of city commissioners by Sarasota artist Jack Cartlidge was incorporated in to the design, with the humorous title Nobody's listening.