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Whey Dryer erection week 12 demonstrates innovative precast concrete driven solutions from the inside out

Agropur Whey Dryer / Expansion

Location:
Lake Norden, SD
General Contractor:
Miron Construction Co., Inc.
Architect:
E. A. Bonelli + Associates, Inc.
Engineer:
ISG
Owner:
Agropur
Description: 

Agropur to triple capacity of Lake Norden cheese plant as one of South Dakota’s largest dairy plants, they will be capable to producing three times as much cheese once a major expansion project is complete.

The $250 million Agropur expansion will have an estimated $1 billion economic impact on the state. Construction began in fall 2017 and is expected to be complete in early 2019. The plant won’t run at full capacity right away. Agropur will grow into it based on milk supply and demand for its products. Once complete, the Lake Norden plant will be the largest of Agropur’s 39 processing plants.

The plant will be capable of processing more than 9 million pounds of milk daily, making 1 million pounds of cheese and 540,000 pounds of whey powder. Currently, the plant makes mozzarella, provolone, parmesan and cheddar cheese. It supplies all of the mozzarella to the Papa Murphy’s take and bake pizza chain east of the Rocky Mountains. The cheese plant opened in 2003 as an addition to Lake Norden’s whey processing plant.

Wells Concrete manufactured and erected more than 400,000 sq. ft. of precast for the Lake Norden project. Products produced for this project include haunch and stick columns; rectangular, inverted T and ledge beams; rectangular spandrels; solid slabs; double tees; and structural insulated and solid walls.

Our precast concrete structural and envelope systems are able to meet the demands of projects like this one by providing cost-effective open spans, smooth and ledge free surfaces, meets USDA surface standards, fire resistance, and durable, low maintenance building envelopes.

Product Sq. Ft. # Pieces
Arch Insul Wall 10,097 41
Double Tee Wall 7,744 22
Flat Architectural 10 2
Haunch Column 6,227 71
Hollowcore 5,491 61
Inverted T Beam 2550 42
Ledge Beam 4,585 93
Rectangular Beam 4,494 125
Rectangular Spandrel 1,729 12
Solid Slab 73,325 416
Standard Tee 116,193 220
Stick Column 3075 75
Struct Insul Wall 156,532 523
Struct Solid Wall 37,749 158

Totals

429,801 1,861

For more information about this project contact Jeff  Holt or Scott Andreasen.


The new District 1 Community Center in Black River Falls, WI looks amazing with more than 65,000 square feet of precast concrete.

District 1 Community Center

Location:
Black Forest Falls, WI
General Contractor:
Miron Construction Co., Inc.
Architect/Engineer:
ISG
Owner:
Ho-Chunk Indian Nation
Description: 

The new 60,000 square feet, $15 million District 1 Community Center in Black River Falls, WI looks amazing with more than 65,000 square feet of precast concrete.

The new District 1 Community Center replaced its former counterpart near Ho-Chunk Gaming that opened in the late 1990s and provided a space for youth services, recreational and cultural programming in addition to some space for sports.

The new facility was needed because of the aging Center building and its associated maintenance costs. The new facility has more space and areas for community education, youth services, athletics, and allows for both collaboration and separate spaces as needed for events and programming.

The youth center includes classrooms, office space, a kitchen area and a multi-purpose gymnasium, and there is a tournament size gym with locker rooms, a fitness center and track for athletic programming. There is also computer labs, classrooms, offices, and meeting areas for community education.

Construction began on the project in October 2016 and the project was complete in November 2017.  Wells was responsible for the production and erection of 223 members of precast including 161 insulated architectural wall panels.  The wall panels used a mix of sandblast, acid etch and formliner-created finishes and features to create the unique façade.  Double tees, structural wall panels and hollowcore completed the precast construction.

Products Sq. Ft. #
Double Tee 14,649 59
Flat Architectural 45,832 161
Flat Structural 618 3
Hollowcore 4,013 44

For more information about this project, visit the Project Page or contact Spencer Kubat or Rick Girard.


Unity High School’s renovation and addition looks amazing with 177 pieces of precast concrete

Unity High School

Location:
Balsam Lake, WI
General Contractor:
Kraus Anderson
Architect:
DSGW
Engineer:
Northland Consulting Engineers
Owner:
Unity School District

Description: 

Unity School’s $17.5 million, 36,000 square foot addition and renovation is now home to a new 650-seat auditorium, a two-station gymnasium and fitness center. Renovations include work done on the science and STEM labs, a greenhouse and faculty offices. In addition, construction included new building entrances, bus drop-off areas and parking zones, which will enhance security and safety, as well as traffic flow.

Wells Concrete provided more than 36,000 square feet of precast concrete for the gym and auditorium portion of this project, including 103 members of insulated architectural wall panels. The wall panels boast a combination of Endicott thin brick clay products, acid etch and sandblast with a buff color concrete mix, as well as the school mascot embedded into the precast. Hollowcore plank, solid slab floors and columns were additional pieces produced and erected for the project.

Products Sq. Ft. #
Column 133 4
Flat Architectural 30,444 103
Flat Structural 1,822 11
Hollowcore 3766 59
Totals 36,165 177

More information available on our project page.

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.


Construction is underway on the new St. Cloud Tech High School with 233 pieces of precast concrete

St. Cloud Tech High School

Location:
St. Cloud, MN
General Contractor:
ICS Consulting, Inc.
Architect:
Cuningham Group Architecture & IIW Minnesota
Engineer:
Clark Engineering
Owner:
St. Cloud Area School District ISD #742

Description: 

Construction is underway in the St. Cloud Area School District for the new 324,000-square-foot St. Cloud Tech High School. The facility, set to open in the fall of 2019, will accommodate 1,600 students in grades 9-12 and cost just over $100 million.

The building will be divided into six integrated learning communities on two levels and will feature a combination of flexible learning spaces, group collaboration spaces, project and science labs and collaborative teaching spaces. Career and technical education spaces will be integrated throughout the building. The design is intended to be adaptable for the future, support a variety of learning styles and foster global preparedness.

At the heart of the school is a two-story commons area that features walls of glass overlooking the landscape. In addition to school functions, the large space is intended to be used for community events.

Wells Concrete produced and erected more than 80,000 sq. ft. of precast concrete for the fieldhouse, auditorium and pool portion of this construction project. More than 100 members precast included insulated wall panels with a polish finish used and erected in the auditorium and pool areas. Polish is a newer architectural feature for Wells Concrete and we are proud to be able to use it on this project.  This polish 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.  In addition to polish, acid etch and sandblast finishes were used on various wall panels and spandrels.  Nearly 20 pieces of stadia risers were placed in the pool area awaiting future spectators.

Product Sq. Ft. #
Arch Insul Wall 60,300 164
Flat Architectural 236 4
Rectangular Beam 116 1
Single Rise Stadia 2,006 19
Standard Tee 12,438 15
Stick Column 72 2
Struct Solid Wall 5,478 28
Totals 80,646 233

Watch the construction progress here: https://youtu.be/W_1fRDAO-aw

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.


Carousel Motor is revamping their Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram dealership with 565 members of precast concrete

Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Location:
Coon Rapids, MN
General Contractor:
RJM Construction
Architect:
Baker Associates, Inc. Architects
Engineer:
Ericksen Roed & Associates
Owner:
Carousel Motor Group
Description: 

Carousel Motor Group, a Minneapolis-based company, is building a new two-story Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram dealership in Coon Rapids. The project, which started in early March, will nearly double the facility footprint from 44,000 square feet to 86,000 square feet.

The facility will also have additional space for the dealership to start servicing used vehicles; the additional space will allow the company to service larger trucks like the Ram 4500 and 5500 models. The new dealership is slated to open in early spring 2019.

Carousel Motor Group is working with Golden Valley-based RJM Construction and Minneapolis-based Baker Associates Inc. as its general contractor and architect for this project.

Wells Concrete is currently manufacturing and erecting nearly 80,000 sq. ft. of precast concrete for the new dealership. The precast includes insulated architectural wall panels with a sandblast and waterwash finish, as well as hollowcore plank and spandrels.

Precast helps car dealerships go up faster and open sooner. Because time is money. Once the contract is signed and the dirt is pushed, delays from weather and getting skilled labor on site can kill the momentum of a car dealership construction project. That’s why precast concrete was the go-to choice for this project as we produced the precast components in a controlled environment and then shipped and erected them at the job-site.

 

Products # Sq. Ft.
Flat Structural 12” 1 116 SF
Insulated Architectural Wall Panel  12″X10′ 132 24,996 SF
Architectural Wall Panel  8″X10′ Roof Screen

Wall

2 179 SF
Insulated Wall Panel  12″X10′ Metal Panel 64 8,505 SF
Structural Wall Panel  12″X10’Solid Walls 8 2,038 SF
Spandrels Beams 12” x 8’ 6 1,200 SF
Structural Wall Panel  8″X10′ 132 23,305 SF
Hollowcore Plank 12” 165 16,571 SF
Hollowcore Plank 8” 52 2,845 SF
Columns 12 x 16 3 51 LF

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.


Downtown Rochester is getting a face lift with some new urban design

Rochester Ramp

Location:
Rochester, MN
General Contractor:
Kraus Anderson
Architect/Engineer:
Collaborative Design Group
Owner:
City of Rochester
Description: 

A moderately busy downtown block in Rochester, MN will get narrower as a result of a new $20 million, six stories high, parking ramp that’s being built. The ramp design features urban design standards that conform to Destination Medical Center guidelines and includes a pedestrian promenade, as well as one underground level. The year-long construction is expected to conclude in May 2018. The design conformed closely to the vision laid out in the DMC Design Guidelines, and while the design process started before the design guidelines were published, the final product matched the DMC vision. Overall, the ramp will have space for 640 cars. Ninety of those stalls are dedicated to the other building on the block, the under-construction Hilton Hotel building. The parking ramp and the Hilton will connect in several places, including at the skyway level.

Wells Concrete produced and erected more than 20,000 sq. ft. of precast for the project, including some unique arch pieces.  The top arch sits on a bottom arch on each side.  There are two complete arches, going over a railroad track that goes under the ramp.  These are precast with no strand, using curved rebar.  The top arch is 45′-9.5″ out to out with a rise of 9′-6″ to the top.  The section is 34″ deep, 16″ wide and a taper to 23’’ wide on the top side in erected position, with a sandblast finish. In addition to the arched pieces, Wells also provided architectural wall panels with beautiful cornices and terra-cotta accents.

Product

Sq. Ft

#
Arch Solid Wall              20,603 215
Flat Architectural                     60 4

For more information about this project, contact Spencer Kubat or Josh Evan.


The Orono Public Schools’ indoor activity center is scheduled to be completed by December 2018.

Orono High School Activity Center 

Location:
Long Lake, MN
General Contractor:
Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.
Architect:
Wold Architects & Engineers
Engineer:
BKBM Engineers, Inc.
Owner:
Orono Public Schools ISD #278
Description: 

The Orono Public Schools’ indoor activity center is scheduled to be completed by December 2018.  Plans for the new center include an elevated nine-foot-wide walking track, five multipurpose courts, a track around those courts, a training facility, a weight room, locker rooms, storage and two classroom spaces. The existing game gym at the high school will also get a bit of a boost with an additional set of bleachers.

Since the indoor activity center will be built onto the high school, yet remain open to the public, security was a concern. The public will access the center from an exterior entrance, so they won’t go through the school. There will also be a secure boundary along the common wall with the school that can bar people in the activity center from getting into the school.

You can watch some aerial footage from March 2018 here.

More than 40,000 square feet of precast concrete was produced and erected for this project.  Nearly 200 pieces of hollowcore were used for the floor, along with more than 50 pieces of insulated architectural wall panels with an acid etch and waterwash finish.  The architectural sill, wall caps and column caps were provided by Stoneworks Architectural

Products Sq. Ft. #
Arch Insul Wall 12,427 51
Hollowcore 18756 199
Struct Insul Wall 12,637 41
Total 43820 291

 

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.


With more than 200,000 square feet of precast concrete, the Rosedale Ramp is almost ready

Rosedale Ramp Phase I and II

Location:
Roseville, MN
General Contractor:
VCC
Architect:
Callison RTKL
Engineer:
Kimley-Horn
Owner:
Jones Lang LaSalle
Description: 

Rosedale Center, located in Roseville, Minnesota, is a regional powerhouse shopping destination with three anchor tenants, and soon to be a fourth. The center was originally built in 1969, and recently embarked on a 1.1 million square foot interior remodel, including a two story parking deck to add additional spaces to what is currently available.  Wells Concrete just completed erecting phase two of the parking structure portion of this project.

Between phase one and two, Wells Concrete produced and erected more than 200,000 square feet of precast concrete.  Beautiful flat architectural spandrels enclose the exterior of the parking structures boasting Endicott Coppertone Velour Modular thin brick surrounded by an acid etch edge.

 

Product Sq. ft. #
Beam 9,622 91
Column 7,014 151
Double Tee 171,152 269
Flat Structural / Solid Slabs 13,024 58
Spandrels with Thin Brick / Flat Architectural 16,922 61
Stairs with landings 1,510 8
Totals 219,244 638

For more information about this project, contact Matt Boie or Ben Ahneman.


Sophomores are getting more living space with NDSU’s new Residence Hall

NDSU Residence Hall

Location:
Fargo, ND
General Contractor:
Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.
Architect:
Zerr Berg Architects
Engineer:
Heyer Engineering, PC
Owner:
North Dakota State University
Description: 

Future North Dakota State University sophomores will have more living space on campus thanks to a $39.5 million construction project underway on campus for the Catherine Cater Hall.

The six-story, 395-bed residence hall will be ready for students by fall 2019, and will be dedicated to sophomores who have found themselves squeezed out of campus housing after their freshman year. The dormitory, along with other construction projects on or near campus, is meant to trim waiting lists for campus housing, and will be paid for using student housing fees.

Every floor of the new residence hall will have a study room and a lobby with seating. The suite-style double rooms will share private bathrooms and the first floor will have a double-sided fireplace for the living room and kitchen areas, a media room, game room, and large and small conference spaces.

Wells Concrete produced and erected 73,657 square feet of precast concrete for this project.  Precast construction includes 414 members of insulated wall panels showcasing a thin brick and sandblast architectural finish.

For more information about this project, contact Zac Zimmerman.


The new Le Sueur County justice center will enable the county to more securely transport inmates

Le Sueur County LEC

Location:
Le Center, MN
General Contractor:
Adolfson & Peterson Construction Inc.
Architect/Engineer:
BKV Group, Inc.
Owner:
Le Sueur County
Description: 

Le Sueur County is constructing a new $23 million justice center that will enable the county to more securely transport inmates from their cells to the courthouse — and meet state requirements for long-term housing of inmates.

Sitting on five acres, the 65,900-square-foot justice center will include a 36-bed jail, courtrooms, county attorney offices, dispatch, a law enforcement center and more. The project also includes remodeling about 18,000 square feet in the historical courthouse.

Construction of the new justice center started in January 2018 with hopes of finishing within one year; the remodeling phase is scheduled for January 2019 through December 2019.

Wells Concrete is just completing their erection for this project, including nearly 40,000 square feet of precast.  The justice center boasts 12-inch insulated wall panels with a combination of cast-in thin brick, acid etch, and sandblast finishes

Product Sq. Ft. # Pieces
Insulated Architectural Wall Panels 37,972 157

 

For more information about this project, contact Jace Rossow.


Construction for the new Hiawatha Academy High School is in full swing

Hiawatha Academy

Location:
Minneapolis, MN
General Contractor:
Schreiber Mullaney Construction
Architect:
U + B Architecture and Design, Inc.
Engineer:
Bunker and Assoc, LLC.
Owner:
Hiawatha Academies
Description: 

Hiawatha Academies, a network of charter schools in South Minneapolis, new construction project is in full swing on a new high school at the site of the former Canada Dry and Shasta bottling plant in the Longfellow Minneapolis neighborhood. The new high school campus, which is set to open in the Fall of 2018, will welcome over 400 scholars next school year, and will grow to a full capacity of 788 scholars and 84 staff over the next four years.

The $27.3 million project will result in about 105,000 square feet of school space including a new gym, soccer fields, media labs, a biochemistry lab and art, music and dance space.

Wells Concrete provided more than 70,000 square feet of precast concrete for this project.  329 members of hollowcore plank were placed for two floors.  Nearly 100 pieces of insulated architectural wall panels boasting an acid etch and sandblast finished frame the structure.  In addition, 25 pieces of solid wall panels were produced and erected helping to secure the building. Some of the exterior walls of the existing building were left in place and integrated into the design.

Products Pieces Sq. Ft
Hollowcore 329 34,200 sq. ft.
Insulated Wall Panels 92 38,650 sq. ft
Structural Wall Panels 25 8,125 sq. ft.

 

For more information about this project, contact Bob Geil.


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

North Loop Ramp

Location:
Minneapolis, MN
General Contractor:
Synergy Builders
Architect:
UrbanWorks Architecture
Engineer:
Mattson MacDonald Young
Owner:
Schafer Richardson
Description: 

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 Matt Boie.