A 360-stall parking ramp for North Loop moves ahead with 673 pieces of precast concrete

North Loop Ramp

Minneapolis, MN
General Contractor:
Synergy Builders
UrbanWorks Architecture
Mattson MacDonald Young
Schafer Richardson

A six-level, 360-stall parking ramp in the North Loop is currently being built and is one of the largest parking structures built recently for the neighborhood.

Besides parking stalls, the project also would have 4,000 square feet of commercial space. The ramp is made of precast concrete and clad with aluminum panels on three sides. The lot currently has 80 parking spaces, the expanded spaced is scheduled to be finished in the Spring 2018.

As the popular North Loop has continued to swell with additional housing and commercial businesses, parking has become a concern for both workers and residents.

Wells Concrete produced and erected more than 150,000 sq. ft. of precast for the parking structure.  Double tees, architectural spandrels and insulated wall panels were used to support this parking deck.


Product # Sq. Ft. / Ln. Ft.
12” wide Architectural Insulated Wall Panel 63 24,219 SF
12” wide Architectural Wall Panel 16 15,005 SF
Double Tee 162 98,856 SF
Beam 10 832 SF
Column 6 905 SF
Flat Structural 126 24,963 SF

For more information about this project, contact Our Sales Team.

STMA Ice Arena is getting an expansion with some seriously beautiful wall panels

STMA Ice Arena Addition

Albertville, MN
General Contractor:
Breitbach Construction Company
Architects Rego + Youngquist, Inc.
Innovative Structural Solutions
St. Michael-Albertville School District #885

This $8,910,000 total precast project is a 37,000 square foot expansion of their existing ice arena. The expansion was necessary as the demand for the existing arena outgrew the services currently available; the school district’s hockey programs have outgrown the arena’s ability to accommodate their increasing number of spectators.

The exterior façade of the expansion looks amazing, with 10’ wide acid etch, sandblast and water washed insulated wall panels. In total, Wells Concrete manufactured and erected more than 31,000 square feet precast concrete, additional products included hollowcore and architectural wall panels.

The expansion includes:

  • A second sheet of ice parallel to the existing sheet of ice
  • Varsity locker rooms for girls and boys varsity teams
  • Additional locker rooms for tournament use
  • Toilets, sinks and showers to serve locker rooms
  • A meeting room for team and community use
  • Elevated lobby to maximize spectator viewing space
  • Parking to accommodate 220 spots (117 spots at current arena)
  • Spectator seating for 720 (existing rink has 400)
  • Standing room for 180 in the arena
  • Standing or sitting room for 50 spectators in the lobby
  • Standing or sitting room for 50 in the community room
  • Amenities including concessions and restrooms
  • Heated and accessible viewing options

The current ice arena is equally owned by the school district and the Cities of St. Michael and Albertville. The ice arena is utilized by the district’s high school boys and girls hockey teams as well as STMA youth hockey.

Progress video here:



Products Square Feet # of Pieces
10’ Wide Arch Insulated Wall Panels 26,949 98
Arch Solid Wall 370 1
Hollowcore 4,371 71
Totals 31690 170


For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.

Shoreview Community Center is getting tropical!

Shoreview Community Center

Shoreview, MN
General Contractor:
RJM Construction
BWBR Architects
BWBR Engineers, Inc.
City of Shoreview

The 22,000 sq. ft. expansion project will create a tropical water park addition to the existing indoor pool, as well as an addition adjacent to the existing gymnasium.  The City Council approved the construction contracts on October 2, 2017 and construction started on October 23, 2017.  Construction is expected to be completed by August 2018.

Wells Concrete’s Role

Wells Concrete produced and erected more than 20,000 sq. ft. of precast concrete for the Center.  The gym and pool area boasted 12’ wide thin brick insulated exterior wall panels and precast hollow-core floor plank. Solid precast interior walls are used to frame the fire separation wall between the two structures.

Two Level Addition

A two level 15,000 sq. ft. expansion adjacent to the gymnasium. The lower-level expansion space will create a new entrance into the indoor playground area and it will be expanded to provide a larger playground, a greatly improved toddler play area, and improved seating for adults. The lower level also includes a series of four group fitness rooms/studios that will be used for our extensive group fitness classes and youth activities. Finally, the Wave Cafe seating area will be remodeled and expanded and include new booths adjacent to the gym. The upper level of this expansion will include four new multi-purpose meeting and activity rooms that will be accessed from a new hallway off of the Fireside Lounge. There will also be a new outdoor deck accessible from the Fireside Lounge.

Waterpark Expansion

The project also includes a 7,000 square foot expansion of the Tropics Indoor Waterpark. The Waterpark expansion a new zero depth shallow water splash pool and major aquatic play structure that includes slides and water sprays. Additionally, the men’s and women’s locker rooms will be renovated and the number of family changing rooms will be increased from two to seven. This is the first major expansion of the pool since 1999.

Product # Sq. Ft. / Ln. Ft.
Insulated Architectural Wall Panels 44 7,999 SF
Structural Wall Panels 3 956 SF
Solid Slabs 10 296 SF
Hollowcore Plank 121 10,863 SF
Beams 2 46 LF
Columns 2 62 LF


For more information about this project, contact Gary Pooley.

Driving Architectural Innovation

Whatever your mind imagines, you can recreate it in precast concrete to make a stunning, iconic façade.  The clearest advantage of architectural precast is found in the virtually limitless design potential that can be achieved with its use.

Maximum Flexibility + Limitless Design

Architectural precast concrete has quietly revolutionized the construction industry by creating a dramatic range of functionality and creative expression. This short video shows a few employees polishing a recent project.


This process uses a series of diamond grinding wheels to polish the surface, which results in exposure of the aggregate with a smooth polished finish similar to polished granite.

Wells Concrete has worked with numerous clients on polishing wall panels, including:

Graphic Concrete

Concrete is everywhere – but it actually becomes visible when graphic concrete is used. The beauty of the material comes to life when patterns and designs are exposed in the concrete surface. Graphic Concrete has developed the technology that enables aggregates to be exposed in precast concrete for use in façade elements and panels, landscape architecture and slabs. The permanent and environmental friendly process gives architects remarkable flexibility and opens up tremendous aesthetic possibilities. Through a partnership with AltusGroup, Graphic Concrete imaging technology is available throughout the US and Canada.

During our research and development process, Wells Concrete has created a variety of mock up samples using this new innovation.  We are in the process of working with clients to incorporate this new style into their design plan.


Terra-cotta is an ancient building material that translates from Latin as “cooked earth.” Architectural terracotta refers to a fired mixture of clay and water that can be used in a non-structural, semi-structural, or structural capacity on the exterior or interior of a building. It can be unglazed, painted, slip glazed, or glazed. Terra-cotta  can be composed of a hollow clay or solid clay, Wells is using a solid clay.

Wells Concrete has completed a few mock-up samples and is planning to use Terra-cotta on the Rochester Parking Ramp. 1,523 pieces of Terra-cotta will be cast into our 8” solid wall panels.  In addition, there are two large arches that Wells produced that will go over the top of the railroad tracks that pass through the parking ramp.


Since its inception, Wells Concrete has been a leader in the precast industry, bringing superior craftsmanship, innovative solutions and reliable design-build solutions to every project carrying the Wells name.   Architects, builders, and owners look to Wells Concrete to help realize the full potential of precast concrete in their projects.

When planning your next project, consider utilizing architectural precast concrete. The Wells team of precast innovators is ready to assist you with any questions you may have.

We look forward to helping you bring your vision to life on your next project.

Successful installation of Integrity Windows by Marvin – Partnership Progresses

Just over a year ago, Wells announced its partnership with Marvin Windows to exclusively offer Integrity Windows and Doors’ window products, installed at all our production facilities prior to shipping to job-sites.

Since that time, we have installed and are in the process of installing Integrity Windows in a variety of projects. With this process, Wells delivers a largely enclosed envelope very early in the building process, which reduces the amount of potentially conflicting activity on the job-site.  Wells installs the windows in a safe, controlled environment to not only deliver a high quality window installation, but also reduce the potential for job-site injuries. The result of these three items furthers our ability to deliver a superior product and service at a competitive price.

Integrity Window Projects

Blattner Energy  – Avon, MN

This project has more than 100,000 square feet of precast concrete, including 12’ wide insulated architectural wall panels boasting a sandblast and water wash finish. Double tees, columns, beams, and 12’ wide structural wall panels completed the precast construction.  Thirty-three Integrity windows were installed in our Grand Forks plant and shipped to the Avon job-site.  Because the windows are installed in the plant, they are completely enclosed within one panel, two of the windows were field installed, as they ended up being on a joint between the panels.

The client chose to utilize Integrity windows because they were very focused on energy conservation so they liked the fiberglass properties. This was also a fast tracked project, the client liked the idea of having the building being completely enclosed once Wells was done onsite. Wells had an advantage on this project because the majority of the structure was precast, including the roof. There was only one area that will be out of other materials and that didn’t have to be completed right away.


Wells Concrete – Wells, MN

Wells decided to replace all of the aluminum windows in the Wells, MN office because they were old and leaking. The windows throughout the entire building were replaced with 45 Integrity windows.  The windows come with a few color options for the outside, but a standard white option for the interior; Wells had the interior ones painted an ebony to match the office décor.

Original Painted

Integrity Windows were selected for this project because of their thermal capabilities as well as the ease of installation.  For an example of the ease of installation, watch this time lapse video. Note how long it takes to remove the aluminum window and how many pieces the window has vs how quickly and easily it was to install the fiberglass window.

Some of our design friends tell us they have concerns about the look of a “vinyl” or fiberglass window in their designs. Comparing the photo below, can you identify which window is fiberglass and which one is aluminum?

Cemstone Central Maintenance Facility – South St. Paul, MN

Wells installed 11 Integrity Windows in the wall panels of the maintenance facility.  The client worked with our sales team to discuss window options and determined these windows would be a good fit.  The client saw value in having natural light in their facility, which the windows would provide.  The contractor appreciated having less trades on job-site, which provided an overall safer environment.

Mock-up Sample Building – Rosemount, MN, Albany, MN, Grand Forks, ND

Three Integrity Windows were preinstalled in our Mock up Sample Buildings.  In the first panel, the window is framed in the center of the panel with a projecting header, a sill feature and the jambs are flush with the brick. In the center panel, a preinstalled window is framed in the center. The window is framed with a 4-inch smooth flush band. On the last panel, a sandbast finish and thin brick surround the window, and the window opening uses return brick to finish off the exposed exterior of the opening.

Comments from our clients:

  • “The integral windows is intriguing for multiple reasons (safety onsite, pre-hung enclosure for winter heat, etc.). May be worth looking into for more reasons than just the cost of windows. A wall system warranty may be worth looking into.” Mike Benike, Benike Construction
  • “Windows put in place at the plant is a very cool feature.” Justin Krukow, ERA
  • “Getting the window installed would be great for winter construction.” Will Forbord, Loeffler Construction
  • “Presetting of the windows could be beneficial to projects. Not only will it save the project cost by eliminating field labor, it is also a cost driver.” Joe Ngaima, Mortenson Construction


Preinstalled windows are not a good fit for every project designed and constructed, but one fact remains clear: there is always a place in the market for improved schedule, leaner construction methods, condensed trades on the jobsite, and improved thermal capabilities.

About Integrity Windows and Doors

Integrity Windows and Doors is the world’s largest and most experienced manufacturer of windows and doors made with Ultrex® — a state-of-the-art pultruded fiberglass material. They didn’t just join the fiberglass revolution — they pioneered it. Their heritage as part of the Marvin Family of Brands is built on more than a century of excellence and expertise. Based in Fargo, N.D., Integrity offers a comprehensive line of window and door products that are Built to Perform® and backed by first-class customer service. For more information, visit

Minnesota United FC’s new field is looking great!

Minnesota United FC, Allianz Field

St. Paul, MN
General Contractor:
Mortenson Construction
Walter P. Moore
MUSC Holdings, Inc.

The crews in St. Paul are making progress on the new stadium for the Minnesota United FC, an MLS soccer team. The new Allianz Field is scheduled to be complete in the spring of 2019. You can already get a glimpse of what’s to come as Mortensen Construction has set up a webcam that’s live 24/7, so check back to see the progress.

Allianz Field is located in the St. Paul Midway, the 346,000 square foot, $200 million, privately funded facility will offer seating for nearly 20,000 fans, including 25 suites, 38 semi-private loge boxes, and four club rooms. The stadium design includes features specifically for Major League Soccer, like a natural grass field. The stadium will also include a safe-standing section for Minnesota United’s supporters groups, behind the south goal to cheer on Minnesota United. As well as a very large canopy for weather protection for the fans and to help keep the noise from the crowd contained within the stadium.

“This stadium is being built for the long-term. It is a very highly energy-efficient stadium,” Greg Huber with Mortenson Construction said.

Rainwater will be collected at a nearby park and then used to water the grass. Instead of using storm water as a waste product, it will be used as a resource to irrigate the site all around.

Wells Concrete is manufacturing and erecting nearly 25,000 sq. ft. of precast concrete for this project, including stadia and stairs as well as 140’ wall panels and solid slabs.

Product # Sq. Ft. / Ln. Ft.
Stadia 469 16,120 Ln. Ft.
Stairs 10
Wall Panels 54 6352 Sq, Ft,
Solid Slab 11 2116 Sq. Ft


For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.

Bethlehem Baptist Church expands into 2018

Bethlehem Baptist Church 

Lakeville, MN
General Contractor:
Anderson Companies
Lampert Architects
Stroh Engineering
Bethlehem Baptist

The Minneapolis-based, three-campus church, Bethlehem Baptist Church expansion plans continue with construction of a church building on 12 acres of land in Lakeville, MN. The building will include a sanctuary with seating for 664 people and room to later add a balcony that seats 300. Construction began this past fall with expectations to open in 2018.

Its south campus congregation of about 550 now meets at Lakeville South High School. Plans include a 54-foot tall cross outside with a gym, nursery and classroom space inside. Church officials are planning to add a balcony in the sanctuary to allow another 300 seats. Future expansion of the main building is also proposed, as is construction of a 1,400-square-foot detached accessory building.

Wells Contribution:

Wells Concrete manufactured and installed nearly 26,000 square feet and 78 pieces of architectural insulated wall panels with a thin brick architectural exterior finish. Additionally, Wells Concrete provided precast hollowcore floor planks at the balcony.

Product # Sq. Ft. / Ln. Ft.
Hollowcore 12 2,000
Wall Panels 66 23,799


For more information about this project, contact Bob Geil.

West Union Elementary multi-purpose safe room addition adds a huge benefit to the students

North Fayette Community School District Elementary

West Union, IA
General Contractor:
Cresco Building Service
StruXture Architects
Raker Rhodes Engineering
North Fayette Valley CSD

The West Union Elementary construction project is underway with a new multi-purpose room addition.  The project includes a tornado safe structure, roughly 4,000 square feet, built to hold PE classes and assemblies, or even some youth athletics. Currently the “gym” in West Union Elementary houses both lunches and PE classes. As such, it generates many conflicts in the schedule. Separating these two will be a huge benefit to students and teachers in this building.

Wells Concrete contributed nearly 9,000 sq. ft of precast concrete for this project including 20 members of 12’ wide architectural insulated wall panels that boast an acid wash and sandblast finish.  In addition, 7 members of 32” deep x 10’-0” wide double tees supported the precast construction. The 32” double tee was used as it was determined to be the most cost effective roof member that could make the required span and handle the forces that accompany a tornadic event.


For more information about this project, contact Reed Hudson.

Winner Regional Healthcare to get an expansion and remodel

Winner Regional Healthcare Center Expansion & Remodel

Winner, SD
General Contractor:
Wold Architects & Engineers
Winner Regional Healthcare Center


This $23 million project is meant to streamline services at the 70-year-old hospital. The main focus will be building a new clinic, emergency room, operating room, lab and radiology department, plus a streamlined registration area. Hospital operations are planned to continue during construction that will add 28,000 square feet and renovate 16,000 square feet.

Winner Regional’s existing facilities were designed and constructed in an era of health care delivery that was dramatically different from today and where it is headed in the future. An expansion and renovation of the hospital and its clinic facilities will allow Winner Regional to more efficiently deliver modern health care to those who depend on their services. The proposed facility changes will fully integrate the current best practices with an eye towards flexibility and expandability to allow the hospital to evolve with the ever changing delivery of health care.

To support the primary goal of improving the patient experience, the main focus of the project will be the construction of a new clinic, ER, OR, lab and radiology department, along with a streamlined registration area for the entire facility. The original 1947 building will be demolished to make room for new construction, while the old laboratory and radiology spaces will be repurposed to accommodate services currently housed in the 1947 building.

Regarding the expansion, CEO Kevin Coffey said, “We take great pride in our role of serving this community for over 65 years and are thrilled we have the opportunity to further show our dedication through the growth of our facility and organization.”

Wells Contribution:

Wells Concrete produced and erected more than 11,000 sq. ft. of precast concrete for the expansion and renovation project.  The members included 10’ wide insulated architectural wall panels with an acid etch and water wash finish as well as non-insulated wall panels with the same finish.

Product # Sq. Ft. / Ln. Ft.
Insulated Wall Panels 73 8,939 SF
Wall Panels 17 2,337 SF


For more information about this project, contact Jace Rossow.

Renovations continue for Waseca Junior / Senior High School

Waseca Junior & Senior High School Addition

Waseca, MN
General Contractor:
Wold Architects & Engineers
Waseca Public School ISD #829

Renovations continue for Waseca Junior / Senior High School. The one-and-a-half year renovation began in the spring of 2017 and is expected to be completed in the sumer of 2018 in time for the school year. The project is plit into four phases with only the first phase being complete so far.

The project includes the addition of a new auditorium, a new office addition and entrance at the east of the building to better control access, and a remodeling of the academic wing. The renovation is funded from the $39 million referendum passed in 2017, which included the renovation of other schools in the district as well.

Wells Concrete manufactured and erected nearly 35,000 square feet of precast concrete for this renovation, including 78 pieces of insulated wall panels with an architectural finish of acid etch and sandblast. 86 hollowcore plank members support the precast construction as well, and include a broom finish.


For more information about this project, contact Our Sales Team.

trū® Shrimp brings shrimp to Minnesota

trū® Shrimp Project – Balaton Bay Reef

Balaton, MN
General Contractor:
Miron Construction
The trū® Shrimp Company

Balaton, Minn.  Last fall, The trū® Shrimp Company broke ground on Balaton Bay Reef, an employee training center and the largest shrimp production facility in the Midwest.  The primary purpose of Balaton Bay Reef is to train employees for careers raising shrimp at trū Shrimp facilities.  Construction has become a bit more noticeable in the small town of Balaton, Minnesota, as the enclosed building now stands 40’-feet in height.  Wells Concrete recently completed the project, which consisted of 118 pieces of precast concrete.  This includes over 37,000 square feet of precast members.

The construction of Balaton Bay Reef brings trū Shrimp one step closer to its mission of sustaining a growing population with healthy, clean shrimp.  Trū Shrimp facilities raise the safest, most natural shrimp possible through an environmentally responsible approach with a goal to offer consumers a consistent, reliable and predictable shrimp supply.  Trū Shrimp aims to start selling commercial shrimp in 2019.

Trū Shrimp is an affiliate of Ralco, a third-generation family-owned multinational company with distribution in more than 20 counties.  To learn more about trū Shrimp, please visit

Learn more about this project: Minnesota Company Brings Shrimp To The Walleye State


For more information about this project, contact Spencer Kubat.

Chatfield’s high school is currently being renovated to bring it up to 21st century education standards.

Chatfield High School Addition & Remodel

Chatfield, MN
General Contractor:
R.A. Morton Construction Managers
Larson Engineering
Chatfield Public Schools ISD 227

Chatfield’s high school is currently being renovated to bring it up to 21st century education standards. The planned $13 million project will include bringing the science department up to code and making the common and athletic areas of the school building more accessible and functional.

“To me, it’s an expression of the community desire to bring what’s been a very solid and serviceable facility up to contemporary standards,” said Superintendent Ed Harris.

Around 400 students from grades 7 to 12 will benefit from the high school renovations. In December 2016, meetings where held with the district’s construction managers and architects to discuss the project’s first phase; construction started the following summer (2017).

There’s been intensive work done on bringing the school — some sections of which were built in the late ’50s — up to modern code. Mostly, the upgrades are to help address the aging school building, Harris said. “We definitely look to modernize educational spaces, and we want to make it efficient and practical.”

Wells Concrete provide nearly 10,000 sq. ft of precast concrete for this project addition.  Construction included 8” hollowcore plank and 10’ wide architectural insulated wall panels with an acid etch, sandblast and waterwash finish.

Product Sq. ft. # Members
Hollowcore plank 8” 1,031 24
Architectural insulated wall panels 10’ wide 8,492 43

For more information about this project, contact Rick Girard.