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A new jail for Clay County

Clay County Jail

Location:
Moorhead, MN
General Contractor:
Construction Engineers Inc.
Architect:
Klein McCarthy Architects
Engineer:
Paulson & Clark Engineering, Inc.
Owner:
Clay County
Description: 

The County has outgrown their existing jail, as well as the joint Law Enforcement Center County Sheriff and City Police Department and therefore needed to make plans for an expansion. The $53 million facility will replace the current jail, which is the oldest county jail in Minnesota. The new jail was designed for 188 beds, consisting of multiple housing units, utilizing both direct and indirect staff supervision. The facility will contain inmate programs, medical areas, laundry, food service, intake/release and also a secure courts holding area. The new jail will be connected to an existing underground inmate transfer tunnel that links to the nearby County Courthouse, and the new Joint Law Enforcement Center will have access to this tunnel as well. Construction began in the spring of 2017 and will be completed in the fall of 2018.

Wells Concrete provided more than 700 pieces of precast concrete, including exterior architectural wall panels with a beautiful thin brick, acid etch and sandblast finish, as well as interior structural wall panels, beams, columns, double tee roof panels,  and Ultra-Span hollowcore.

 

Product Sq. Ft. # Pieces
Beam 386 7
Column 342 8
Double Tee 30,612 61
Flat Architectural 34,854 166
Flat Structural 2,757 19
Hollowcore 33,319 442

 

Keep an eye on our progress by viewing daily updates with construction cameras.  Also, thanks to Construction Engineers, watch how the project started back in July 2017.

For more information about this project, contact Mike Mortensen.


Proving our mettle at Wells Concrete

A lot of Minnesota manufacturers proved their mettle with how they responded to the economic ravages of the 2009 recession, but probably none more than the executives at Wells Concrete, who transformed what could have been a devastating blow to their growing business into a product shift that has since nearly quadrupled their annual revenue at the time.

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Superior High School gets an academic wing and other renovations

Superior High School

Location:
Superior, WI
General Contractor:
Kraus Anderson – Duluth
Architect/Engineer:
LHB
Owner:
School District of Superior
Description:

This project includes an addition of an academic wing, an auxiliary gym, administration offices, media center, cafeteria, commercial kitchen and a commons area. Other renovations will improve functionality for students, staff and guests at the school. Engineering services for the project are from LHB, construction management from Kraus-Anderson and local contractors. The 56 million dollar project is expected to be complete by the fall of 2019.

Phase 1 is currently under construction. Wells is contributing 740 pieces in Phase 1, including double tees and hollow core, solid wall panels and insulated wall panels with acid etch finish.

Phase 2 for us will be set around July 2018 and should be about 82 pieces, including insulated wall panels and solid base panels all with acid etch finish

For more information about this project, contact Steve Olson.


Hmong College Ramp

Hmong College Ramp

Location:
St. Paul, MN
General Contractor:
RJM Construction
Architect:
Kodet Architects
Engineer:
Mattson MacDonald Young
Owner:
Hmong Education Reform Company
Description: 

Wells Concrete is providing 132 pieces of precast concrete (double tees, wall panels, columns and beams) in a smooth finish for this project.

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.


Beautiful Savior Church

Beautiful Savior Church

Location:
Plymouth, MN
General Contractor:
Kinghorn Construction
Architect:
Cuningham Group
Engineer:
Reigstad & Associates
Owner:
Beautiful Savior Church
Description: 

Wells Concrete provided 143 pieces of precast concrete with thin brick and acid etch finishes for this project. One level of hollow-core planks: 74 pieces, 8,000 SF., and wall panels: 55 pieces, 15,000 SF

For more information about this project, contact Bob Geil.


Delano High School gets some upgrades

Delano High School

Location:
Delano, MN
General Contractor:
Breitbach Construction Company
Architect:
Wold Architects & Engineers
Engineer:
BKBM Engineers
Owner:
ISD #879
Description: 

Wells Concrete provided 183 pieces of precast concrete for the auditorium/fitness area and diving well area: wall panels, insulated wall panels, hollowcore, and columns with acid etch and water wash finishes.

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.


Are you ready for the Great MN Get Together? We are!

MN State Fair Grandstand Elevator Addition

Location:
St. Paul, MN
General Contractor:
Maertens-Brenny Construction
Architect:
TKDA
Engineer:
TKDA
Owner:
MN State Fair
Description: 

Over the past few months, the Minnesota fairgrounds got $8 million worth of improvements, including the long-anticipated addition of an elevator on the west side of the historic Grandstand and a new food and beverage space inside the Grandstand. Jerry Hammer (the fair’s general manager) said it’s important not to fall behind on upkeep projects for the State Fair, which attracts about 1.9 million visitors each year. “Then it’s not the ‘Great Minnesota Get-Together,’ it’s the ‘Pretty Good Minnesota Get-Together,’” Hammer said.

Spread out over 320 acres at 1265 Snelling Ave. N., the fairgrounds are dotted with structures constructed as far back as the early 1900s. Some were built in the 1930s as Depression-era Works Progress Administration projects. Historically significant buildings include the Fine Arts Center, the Progress Center, the Grandstand and Warner Coliseum, formerly known as the Hippodrome, according to the fair.

The projects were completed just in time for the 2017 Minnesota State Fair, which starts this Thursday, August 24 and will run through Labor Day, Sept. 4. Wells Concrete provided 72 pieces of precast concrete (insulated wall panels, wall panels, beams, stairs, and hollowcore) with a combination of acid etch and sandblast finishes.

For more information, check out this article.

For more information about this project, contact Mat Boie.


Old Dominion gets some concrete flair

Old Dominion 6666

Location:
Bismarck, ND
General Contractor:
Furst Construction Co., Inc.
Architect:
AE Urbia
Engineer:
J.M. Williams & Associates
Owner:
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.
Description: 

Wells Concrete provided 72 pieces of precast concrete wall panels with a form face finish for this project. Note the decorative entrance panel that was cast-in for some added flair!

For more information about this project, contact Rick Hodek.


Health Partners gets a parking boost

Health Partners Ramp

Location:
Bloomington, MN
General Contractor:
McGough
Architect:
BWBR
Engineer:
Ericksen Roed & Associates
Owner:
McGough
Description: 

 

This new eight-story (1 story below grade, 7 stories above grade) total precast parking ramp structure has 1,666 parking stalls to serve the Health Partners office tower and future development within Bloomington Central Station (BCS). The parking ramp also has the ability to be expanded southward for a total of 2,700 parking stalls through a future phase of construction. Wells Concrete provided 2,486 pieces of precast concrete, including double tees, beams, columns, solid slabs, spandrels, and wall panels with acid etch and sandblast finishes.

For more information about this project, contact Gary Pooley.


Oltman Middle School is moving!

Oltman Middle School

Location:
Cottage Grove, MN
General Contractor:
Kraus Anderson Construction
Architect:
Architects Rego + Youngquist
Engineer:
Innovative Structural Solutions
Owner:
South Washington County ISD #833
Description: 

Oltman Middle School is moving onto 57 acres and into a new building in Cottage Grove. The new Middle School will accommodate as many as 1,100 students when it opens in fall 2018, with the possibility for future expansion to a 1,300 student capacity. The new school will have several features that the old school lacks:

  • An auditorium and lecture hall.
  • A bright, airy lunchroom. The present Oltman lunchroom is in the basement, in a dark and low-ceiling area.
  • A modern swimming pool. The present-day pool at Oltman is not suitable for competition, with only five lanes, no diving well and no room for spectators.
  • Modern classrooms. They will be clustered around common areas, where students will be able to meet with teachers and other students.

Wells Concrete provided 160 precast concrete pieces for the auditorium, fieldhouse, and pool, including roof double tees and insulated wall panels with a combination acid etch, sandblast, and water wash finish.

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.