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A new justice center for Sparta

Monroe County Justice Center

Location:
Sparta, WI
General Contractor:
Miron Construction
Architect:
The Louis Berger Group, Inc.
Engineer:
Meyer Borgman Johnson
Owner:
Monroe County Justice Center
Description:

The new Justice Center in downtown Sparta is located adjacent to, and is connected to, the existing courthouse. The new center houses the County’s dispatch services, jail, courts, and sheriff’s office. Phase I was completed in April 2016 and Phase II was completed in April 2017. Wells Concrete provided 173 pieces of precast concrete insulated wall panels with a formliner finish for the project.

For more information about this project, contact Spencer Kubat.


Wells is glad to be helping the new Delano Intermediate School

Delano Intermediate School

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

Wells Concrete is providing 43 pieces of precast concrete insulated wall panels with a combination acid etch and water wash finish for this project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out this video from Jorgenson Construction!

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.


Construction for Twin Cities Ortho is underway

Twin Cities Orthopedics Parking Ramp

Location:
Edina, MN
General Contractor:
RJM Construction
Architect:
Sperides Reiners Architects, Inc.
Engineer:
BKBM Engineers
Owner:
Frauenshuh Healthcare
Description:

Phase one of the Twin Cities Orthopedic project will add an additional 68,000-square-foot medical office building to the existing development, along with a freestanding parking ramp on the remaining 12.6-acre parcel with a shared parking arrangement between the different sites. Phase two of the project would entail construction of a 10-story, 190,000-square-foot addition to the Twin Cities Orthopedic Building and three additional levels to the parking ramp.

Construction of the parking ramp is underway, and Wells Concrete is providing 304 pieces of precast concrete – double tees, beams, spandrels, wall panels – boasting acid etch, sandblast, and water wash finishes, with cast-in thin brick features.

For more information about this project, contact Gary Pooley.


A new home for animals in need

MonDak Humane Society

Location:
Williston, ND
General Contractor:
Redline Development Services
Architect:
LJA Architects
Engineer:
Heyer Engineering
Owner:
MonDak Humane Society
Description:

The new MonDak Humane Society Pet Shelter and Pet Resource Center will include a boarding facility and was made possible by a very generous $1.5 million donation from Lois Scheele in Buck Scheele’s memory.  Wells Concrete is providing 83 pieces of precast concrete insulated wall panels with a combination sandblast and water wash finish for the project.

For more information about this project, contact Zac Zimmerman.


Solar power is coming along with CityVue Commons’ new apartment building!

CityVue Apartments II

Location:
Eagan, MN
General Contractor:
Big-D Construction
Architect:
Collage Architects
Engineer:
Reigstad
Owner:
at home Apartments
Description:

The first phase of the CityVue Commons development – an 11-story former Blue Cross Blue Shield office building converted into a 113-unit apartment building – was such a success that developers are proceeding with a second phase of the project. This phase will include a 122-unit addition near the Eagan Promenade shopping center, as well as a progressive dedication to solar power. The new building will be five stories and located south of the existing building’s parking ramp, which will be expanded, part of its top level converted into a solar panel garden. Projections see the solar garden providing up to 20% of the building’s electrical needs and will be, by far, the largest solar installation at any Minnesota apartment property. Wells is providing 509 pieces of precast concrete (beams, columns, double tees, wall panels, and plank), with a sandblast finish for this project.

For more information about this project, contact Steve Olson.


Remodel and expansion for Hudson Middle School

Hudson Middle School

Location:
Hudson, WI
General Contractor:
Kraus Anderson
Architect:
Bray Architects
Engineer:
Ambrose Engineering, Inc.
Owner:
Hudson School District #2611
Description:

 

This project includes the remodel and expansion of the high school and middle school for the Hudson School District in Hudson, Wis. It features a two-story classroom addition and gymnasium at the middle school; and additions and renovations to the high school. Construction began in the fall of 2016, and will continue while school is in session, with an expected completion date in June of 2017 – just in time for the school year. Wells Concrete is providing 79 pieces of 8” solid back-up walls and 11,100 square feet of hollowcore plank for this project.

 

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.


Mock-Up Buildings: Thriving on Feedback

Starting in January, Wells Concrete began offering tours of our new mock-up building – built specifically to showcase the many different finishes and features Wells has to offer the precast community. With over 45 tours under our belts already, and more scheduled, it’s safe to say the mock-up building has been a great success. In addition to informing us that we are the first company they know of to create a mock-up building of this kind, our clients have been very gracious in providing feedback through our after-tour survey.

Andrew Stumne explains during the plant tour.

Many of our clients were surprised to learn that Wells has the exclusive ability to install Integrity Windows by Marvin post-cast in our yard, before the panels travel out to the job site. Not only that, Integrity Windows has specific advantages associated with their fiberglass units, such as durability and strength, low thermal expansion, and being less conductive than aluminum.

It was readily apparent that having a variety of finishes and features on display right next to one another makes it much easier for our clients to see and compare them. Most of the time you would need to travel around the metro and look at various different projects to view the assortment of finishes and features that Wells now has on display in one, single location. In addition to helping contractors and architects involved in a project, it has the potential to help owners make a more resolute decision on how they want their building to look.

“[It was] helpful seeing the variety of finishes (inside and out) close together, within reach where you can walk up and touch/see up close.”
-Dave Higgins (McGough Development)

“It’s a very good visual for owners/architects. The roll cast return/corners are fantastic. Pre-installed glass is a great idea, eliminates temp shelter, safety barriers, besides expediting the installation time.”
-Bob Pederson (Donlar Construction)

Jace Rossow speaks about the benefits of precast.

The majority of our feedback mentioned the benefits of being able to see various connection options, corner details, trims, and install methods, among other details. Both the outside and inside of our mock-up building provide insights into how the panels are cast and fitted together, with some connections intentionally left unfinished to illustrate the before and after.

“Great example of wall and roof connection types and details. Cornice and finish examples were great.”
-Travis Bries (McGough Construction)

“It was good to see the different finish options, especially some of the bricks, and that wrapping corners is possible without the tell-tale joint. Walking through the interior was especially helpful – seeing the different connection methods (haunch vs pocket) for trusses, and the A-B-C finishes.”
-Kelly Mastin, AIA (Miller Dunwiddie Architecture)

Our architectural capabilities are on full display as well, illustrating how truly versatile our precast can be with the use of formliners. Thin brick and wood paneling looks are an interesting element to precast that some were surprised to see, previously unaware we could achieve such a look with so much success. These panels alone offer architects an unparalleled opportunity to see and better understand the potential of architectural precast.

“For me, the ability to see (in person) all the different precast panel mockups gives me more reason to suggest Wells to my clients.  With the various finish options whether it be brick & masonry, barn-wood panels, or acid etched & polished concrete, it is easy to envision many more applications where precast would be a great choice!
-Luke Smith (Krech O’Brien Mueller and Associates)

“The variety of details and finishes. Didn’t know you did polishing until today. The depth of cornice details you can pour integral with the wall panels. It helps to see the variety of finishes on a larger scale than 2×2 samples, I could see a big benefit to bringing clients to see it.”
-Don Andersen (Edward Farr Architects)

Clients ask questions during the plant tour.

As of now, we have received 210 surveys from clients who have visited one of our three mock-up buildings and provided their feedback– and many of these visits have included plant tours and lunch & learn presentations to help our clients better understand precast and all that it can do for them. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with helpful suggestions and critiques. We are proud to say that our foray into providing a condensed, but thorough example of our precast capabilities has been a success. If you’re interested in scheduling a tour for you and your company, please don’t hesitate to call us!

“I liked everything about the mock-up. It was a great representation of what Wells can provide as far as finishes, colors, and windows.”
-Trent Lundquist (Shaw-Lundquist)


PCI National News

New 2017 Chairman; 50-Year Certified Plant in Wells

In conjunction with The Precast Show, the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) recently held their annual convention in Cleveland, Ohio – in conjunction with the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) and the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA).  Wells employees from various offices attended the event to network with colleagues and vendors, and learn more about the state of and trends in the precast industry. Opportunities involved an expanded tradeshow and the chance to learn from NPCA’s offered training. There were 825 PCI attendees alone at committee meetings, education sessions, and the annual business meeting.

2017 PCI Chairman

Dan Juntunen

During the Convention, Dan Juntunen, our president and CEO, was named the 2017 PCI chairman. During one of the luncheons, Dan presented his platform and goals for the coming year, which are centered on a theme of growing the industry through communication and collaboration.  As that is accomplished, however, it cannot be at the expense of PCI’s reputation as a world class technical institute.

In getting more involved with the industry throughout the country, Dan had noticed that knowledge of what precast can really do is very inconsistent.  There are those in the design and construction communities who are very knowledgeable of the features and benefits of precast, but there is also a large segment who haven’t had exposure to simple things such as color availability, much less finish options, structural integrity benefits, panel configuration, etc.  What he had also discovered through our own mock-up building project is that the design and construction communities are very open to learning more about precast when given the opportunity.

To address the issues described above, Dan’s platform has largely been centered on restructuring the PCI Board to provide better communication and a stronger relationship in general with the regional affiliates.  In simple terms, PCI Zone Representative Board positions will be replaced with representatives from the regional affiliates.  Additionally, PCI will add a staff position focused on facilitating communication between PCI and the regional affiliates, as well as communication amongst the affiliates themselves. The thought is that this restructuring will allow PCI national to continue focusing on being a world class technical institute but will now have a structured means of passing research information to the regional affiliates who in turn are charged with educating the marketplace.

50-Year Certified Plant

Wells Concrete’s plant located in Wells, Minnesota has reached a milestone: it is now a 50-year PCI Certified Plant. But what does this mean? What qualifications are involved in becoming a PCI Certified Plant, and what does it take to continue as one? Let’s take a look.

PCI offers a stringent quality assurance program, not just a marketplace credential. The PCI Certification program was developed and is updated by a team representing all industry stakeholders. Furthermore, the program is backed by PCI and its network of committees, codes and standards initiatives, and integrated programs and relations throughout the industry. PCI understands the reasons behind its requirements, not just the words, and this understanding is reflected in the PCI Certification program.

PCI’s Plant Certification Program ensures that each plant has developed and documented an in-depth, in-house quality system based on time-tested, national industry standards. To become PCI Certified, plants must demonstrate they have appropriate experience and training in manufacturing precast concrete, quality systems and procedures in place, and a commitment to quality throughout their organization.

Once a year, each plant undergoes two thorough, unannounced audits. They are conducted by third-party engineers who audit the plant according to requirements specifically targeted to the products being manufactured at that location. PCI Certified plants are audited in accordance with standards published in three PCI quality-control manuals:

  • MNL-116,Quality Control for Plants and Production of Structural Precast Concrete Products
  • MNL-117,Quality Control for Plants and Production of Architectural Precast Concrete Products
  • MNL-130,Quality Control for Plants and Production of Glass Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Products

Inspectors also randomly inspect products to their project specifications to ensure that products meet their design intent and criteria.

Since the various precast concrete product lines require different levels of expertise and production techniques to produce, PCI Certification provides a system of categories. This system ensures that producers are qualified to produce the products that you are specifying. Wells Concrete in Wells, Minnesota is certified in groups A and C, more specifically:

A1: Architectural Precast Concrete Products
Includes exterior cladding, loadbearing and non-load-bearing wall panels, spandrels, beams, columns, and all products covered in AT.

C4: Prestressed Deflected-Strand Structural Members
Precast concrete structural members made with deflected pretensioning or post-tensioning strands for roofs and floors, beams, joists, and all products in C1, C2, and C3.

C4A: Commercial Products with an Architectural Finish
These products are the same as those in the categories within Group C, but they are produced with an architectural finish. They will have a form, machine, or special finish. Certification for Group CA production supersedes Group C in the same category.

Sources:
PCI Certification | Plant Certification


Burleigh & Morton Counties are upgrading their jail spaces.

Burleigh/Morton Co. Detention Center

Location:
Bismarck, ND
General Contractor:
Comstock Construction, Inc.
Architect:
Venture Architects, Inc. / übl Design
Engineer:
Harwood Engineering Consultants
Owner:
Burleigh County / Morton County
Description:

Total precast concrete was the building material of choice to bring this project in on schedule and to meet the demanding needs that Burleigh and Morton Counties are facing with lack of jail space. This year-round construction project began its precast erection in September 2015 and completed erection in April 2016; the entire project will be completed in June 2017. Interior walls, common areas, and the cells were all precast which simplified coordination amongst the different trades, allowing for a streamlined installation process.

Wells Concrete provided 1,550 precast members including columns, beams, and architectural and structural wall panels boasting sandblast and waterwash finishes. 1,800 members of hollowcore were provided by Gage Brothers and then erected by Wells Concrete.

The project is a 213,000 SF footprint detention facility. Included with the new facility is a five pod, two level design, plus one shelled pod for future expansion, 476 bed lock down facility with support spaces including a full kitchen, full laundry, receiving, administration and booking.

The new design includes a booking area, which will allow officers to process an inmate within 15 minutes and then resume work quickly. It also features a port area for 11 squad cars, a pre-booking area for officers to finish paperwork and 30 holding cells to keep inmates until they are classified for the right jail population. If bailed out, suspects will exit through the front door. If kept longer, non-trial court hearings could be done via interactive video from the booking section.

The five core buildings in the jail design separate the inmate population into minimum-security, medium security, maximum-security, and special needs. Plus, the grounds of the jail site have the capacity to expand to 1,000 beds if needed.

For more information about this project, contact Scott Monzelowsky.


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.