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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.


Hutchinson High School additions should make improvements in multiple areas

Hutchinson High School Additions

Location:
Hutchinson, MN
General Contractor:
W. Gohman Construction
Architect / Engineer:
LHB
Owner:
Hutchinson Schools
Description:

LHB and Hutchinson Public Schools’ administration, staff, and community members have been collaboratively working to develop a plan for the best solutions to improve the educational efficiency and functionality of the facilities with new additions. Renovations will include adding two new floors at Hutchinson High School, remodeling of the existing core space, security improvements and revisions to parking and traffic flow.

Rendering by LHB

Wells is contributing 907 pieces of precast concrete to this project, including hollowcore, wall panels with an acid etch finish.

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.

 


Congratulations are in order!

We would like to congratulate our President and CEO, Dan Juntunen, on becoming the 2017 PCI Chairman!

We would also like to congratulate our Wells, MN plant for becoming a 50-year PCI certified plant!

Confetti all around!

Left to Right: Dan Juntunen, Dave Buesing, Sam Nesius


CSE charter school gets a new building to expand

Community School of Excellence (CSE) Charter School

Location:
St. Paul, MN
General Contractor:
Rochon Corporation
Architect:
DSGW Architects
Engineer:
Northland Consulting Engineers
Description:

This project is a new 127,000 square-foot, 3-story charter school in St Paul, MN, that will house grades kindergarten through high school once complete. Wells Concrete is providing 767 pieces of UltraSpan hollowcore for the floors on this project.

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.

 


The new wing at Willmar Elementary will be ready for 2017’s new class of eager students

Willmar Elementary School

Location:
Willmar, MN
General Contractor:
RA Morton & Assoc.
Architect:
ARY Architects
Engineer:
Innovative Structural Solutions
Owner:
Willmar Public Schools ISD #347
Description:

The classroom wing of the new elementary school in Willmar, MN is expected to be finished by Aug. 1, 2017. The elementary school is the largest project in a two-year $52.35 million building plan approved by Willmar Public Schools voters in May 2016. The 101,294 square foot building will have classrooms for pre-kindergarten through grade 5 students plus rooms for special education and English Language Learners. The plan has a two-story classroom wing in the south end of the school; the first floor includes four pods of classrooms and the second floor will have three pods and a media center. The building will be engineered to allow for a fourth pod on the second floor if it’s needed in the future.

The school office and main entrance will be in the classroom wing near the center of the building’s west side, and the north half of the school will house a gym big enough for two full-size basketball courts, a kitchen, and classrooms for music, science, and technology. The cafeteria would also serve as a commons area outside the gym. Wells concrete is providing architectural insulated flat wall panels for the gym along with 376 pieces of precast concrete hollowcore for the two-level class room wings.

For more information about this project, contact Rick Girard.


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 will include two competition ice rinks, locker rooms, a lobby, and support spaces, with room for future expansion of 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 is providing 73 pieces of precast concrete stadia for the project, which will be complete and ready for competitions in September 2017.

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.