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Goodbye, smelly holding ponds. Hello, state-of-the-art technology!

Dickinson Water Treatment Plant

Location:
Dickinson, ND
General Contractor:
John T Jones Construction Co.
Architect:
JPL Architects
Engineer:
Bartlett & West
Owner:
North Dakota State Water Commission
Description:

Dickinson, North Dakota is getting a brand new wastewater treatment plant that will bring state-of-the-art technology to one of man’s oldest communal problems — how to deal with waste without those smelly holding ponds. Despite the excitement, it will take two years to complete the $30 million wastewater project with a complex of buildings and equipment to mechanically remove waste. The good news: The wastewater plant will have the capacity to handle a population of 35,000. Dickinson’s 2010 census population of 17,700 has already grown to an estimated 23,000 based on hookups and water use.

The new facility will be south of the Heart River and a half-mile south of the present lagoon acreage. Wells Concrete is providing 145 pieces of precast concrete, solid wall panels and insulated wall panels, with sandblast and form face finishes for the large project.

For more information about this project, contact Zac Zimmerman.


New field house addition will give Forest Lake students more room to run

Forest Lake High School Field House Addition

Location:
Forest Lake, MN
General Contractor:
ICS Consulting, Inc.
Architect / Engineer:
DLR Group
Owner:
Forest Lake Area Schools ISD #831
Description:

After spending much of the past year working on soil and utility preparations, crews at the Forest Lake High School are ready for construction above ground. Two separate additions are planned to update learning space at the high school and create space for all 9th through 12th grade students: a classroom and field house addition.

Wells is helping with the field house, an addition on the southwest side of the high school that will provide more gym space for physical education classes. These projects not only provide updated learning spaces, but will also accommodate ninth grade students at the high school.

Wells Concrete is providing 202 pieces of precast concrete wall panels with a combination sandblast and acid etch finish, with formliner features.

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.

 


A new hockey arena brings a second rink and more room for tournaments in West Fargo

West Fargo Public Schools Hockey Arena

Location:
West Fargo, ND
General Contractor:
Mortenson Construction
Architect:
JLG Architects
Engineer:
Heyer Engineering
Owner:
West Fargo Public Schools
Description:

The new, 70,000 square foot West Fargo Public Schools Hockey Arena includes two competition ice rinks, locker rooms, a lobby, and support spaces. The Arena’s design features a modern mix design for the exterior that includes large windows and a sleek face to the two-story facility. The main sheet of ice that has precast concrete stadia seating for about 830 with a mezzanine and viewing areas that would allow for 1,100 or 1,200 spectators to see a hockey game. A second sheet of ice, or auxiliary rink, on the north side of the building will also have its own mezzanine seating for about 400.

In addition, the design incorporates a future expansion for a third ice rink for practice, as well as dryland training space The two rinks, which double the available rinks for skaters, will help with scheduling and allow for tournaments that were impossible before due to ice unavailability.

Wells Concrete provided 73 pieces of precast concrete stadia and 72 pieces of precast stairs for the project.

For more information about this project, contact Rick Hodek.

 


The new Carver Elementary School building leaves room for growth.

Carver Elementary

Location:
Carver, MN
General Contractor:
Kraus Anderson
Architect:
ARY Architects
Engineer:
Innovative Structural Solutions
Owner:
Eastern Carver County Schools
Description:

The new Carver Elementary School building will have a 720-student capacity with the option of future expansion for up to 865 students. The two-story building includes 30 traditional classrooms designed around collaborative learning spaces, and has two full-size gymnasiums and a large cafeteria to accommodate any future growth. Carver Elementary will welcome new students when it opens in September 2017.


Wells Concrete has contributed 48 pieces of precast concrete to this project: insulated wall panels with a combination of acid etch, sandblast, and waterwash finishes. Take a look at how we made the unique wave designs featured on this project below!

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.


Rolette County Jail gets a new facility

Rolette County Jail and Law Enforcement Center

Location:
Rolla, ND
General Contractor:
Construction Engineers
Architect:
Klein McCarthy & Co.
Engineer:
CW Structural Engineers
Owner:
Rolette County
Description:

The current jail in Rolette County is about 60-years-old and would have needed multi-million dollar upgrades, but instead a new facility that will hold twice as many prisoners is currently being built. With inmate counts rising, Rolette County Sheriff’s Deputies have had to house some of them in other county jails, highlighting the need for a new building.

Wells Concrete is providing 80 pieces of precast concrete, including double tees, insulated wall panels, and wall panels, for this project. The new jail is expected to be completed in October of 2017.

For more information about this project, contact Scott Monzelowsky.

 


Eagle Brook Church addition in great shape.

Eagle Brook Church Addition

Location:
Lino Lakes, MN
General Contractor:
Sheehy Construction Company
Architect:
BWBR
Engineer:
ERA Engineering 
Owner:
Eagle Brook Church

Description:

This addition to the Lino Lakes church is a broadcast center meant for audio and video production, along with other broadcasting purposes.

Wells Concrete provided 44 pieces of (5,800 square feet) of 12” precast concrete plank.

For more information about this project, contact Gary Pooley.

 


Fort Dodge Senior High Auxiliary Gym is on the rise

Despite bitter cold, precast panels are being fit into place!

“As students were getting out of school Thursday afternoon, heavy trucks were rolling in carrying the next two precast panels that will form the new Fort Dodge Senior High auxiliary gym.”

Read the entire article by The Messenger here.

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
Derek Distad, center, one of the foremen with Wells Concrete working on the new FDSH gym, and others attach a precast panel to a crane while building the exterior of the Fort Dodge Senior High new auxiliary gym.


A second addition for Treasure Island

Treasure Island Pool Addition 2

Location:
Red Wing, MN
General Contractor:
Knutson Construction
Architect:
RSP Architects
Engineer:
Meyer | Borgman | Johnson
Owner:
Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Description:

In February, Treasure Island opened the $19 million Lagoon Water Park and Wave Spa. Since its opening, the water park has had around 80,000 visitors. According to Cindy Taube, spokeswoman for the casino, “The water park was something new and different for us. It has been beyond our expectations as far as popularity.” So much so, in fact, that a new expansion will include another 3,200 square feet for the water park. The latest expansion will include more pool space, more changing areas and other amenities.

Knutson Construction and RSP Architects, which have both helped with several of the resort’s other projects, including the new Tado Steakhouse and the renovation of the resort’s Tradewinds Buffet, are working on the new renovations along with Wells Concrete.

Wells will be providing 38 pieces of precast concrete – insulated wall panels, double tees, columns, beams, solid plank, and hollowcore.

For more information about this project, contact Bob Geil.

 


U of M Athletics Department gets new flagship facility with new Athletes Village

University of Minnesota Athletes Village

Location:
Minneapolis, MN
General Contractor:
Mortenson Construction
Architect:
BWBR Architects
Engineer:
Palanisami & Associates, Inc.
Owner:
Regents of University of Minnesota
Description:

The new 340,000 square foot Athletes Village at the University of Minnesota will focus on student athlete welfare and development. It includes a Student Athlete Center for Excellence that will be a flagship facility for the entire Athletics Department, emphasizing academics, leadership development and nutrition, and will be an addition to the existing Bierman Field Athletic Building and Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex. It will also include a men’s and women’s basketball practice facility, an indoor football practice facility, and a football performance center that will provide much-needed facilities for the football program.

Wells Concrete is providing 309 pieces of precast concrete, wall panels, insulated wall panels, and stairs, with sand blast, acid etch, and formliner finishes with features.

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.

 


100 new jobs to come with RMS Company addition

RMS Company Addition

Location:
Coon Rapids, MN
General Contractor:
TDB Builders
Architect:
Progressive Architects
Engineer:
Advanced Structural Technologies (AST)
Owner:
Cretex Corp.
Description:

RMS Company, which currently has 711 employees in Coon Rapids and is the city’s largest private employer, is expanding. RMS Company manufactures machined and molded components used in the medical device and aerospace industries. The proposed expansion project involves construction of a 60,000 square foot addition of manufacturing space to its 215,000 square foot Evergreen Boulevard location. The company plans to create at least 100 new jobs within two years of completing the project.

Wells Concrete is contributing 162 pieces of precast concrete to this expansion, including insulated wall panels, beams, columns, and hollowcore.  This will be the company’s fourth expansion in this location, having completed previous additions in 1998, 2006, and 2011.

For more information about this project, contact Bob Geil.

 


New integrated-discipline complex for Augsburg College

Augsburg College

Location:
Minneapolis, MN
General Contractor:
McGough
Architect / Engineer:
HGA
Owner:
Augsburg College
Description:

The new $70 million, integrated-discipline complex at Augsburg College will anchor the expanding west end of the Minneapolis college that serves 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The science hall to the east will be demolished after it opens in January 2018, replaced by an arboretum that will be part of an ongoing campus greening project. Wells Concrete is providing 294 pieces of precast concrete wall panels and solid slabs, with a thin brick finish.

For more information about this project, contact Gary Pooley.

 


Schneiderman’s new two-story warehouse will offer more visibility

Schneiderman’s Furniture

Location:
Lakeville, MN
General Contractor:
Opus Design Build, L.L.C.
Architect / Engineer:
Opus AE Group, L.L.C.
Owner:
Schneiderman’s Furniture
Description:

The new building for Schneiderman’s Furniture, designed and constructed by Minnetonka-based Opus, will include two stories of warehouse and showroom space on a 4.8-acre site. Jason Schneiderman, president and CEO of Schneiderman’s Furniture, added that the new location, “will provide us with more visibility and a more modern facility in a better location.”

Wells Concrete is providing 64 pieces of precast concrete insulated wall panels with a combination smooth and sandblast finish. The new store is scheduled to open in March or April of 2017.

For more information about this project, contact Gary Pooley.