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Wells Concrete and Rocky Mountain Prestress Join to become One of the Top Precast Companies in the Country

MINNESOTA – Wells Concrete, one of the largest and most innovative precast solutions provider in the upper Midwest, announced today that it has acquired all significant business assets of Rocky Mountain Prestress, which has been an integral part of the Denver business community for 60 years.

The joint venture, operating under the name of Wells Concrete, positions the company as one of the top five largest precast companies in the U.S., reaching from Canada to New Mexico and Wisconsin to Colorado.

“Combining the power of these two companies provides a unique opportunity to deliver the highest levels of structural integrity and architectural finishes to our customers.  In addition, our ability to drive innovation will be greatly enhanced,” said Dan Juntunen, President and CEO for Wells Concrete. “We are looking forward to growing our company while maintaining strong roots in Denver.”

Rocky Mountain Prestress’ Denver team will remain in place, providing consistency for current customers and day-to-day operations.

“Both companies have similar philosophies and values in their approach to the marketplace. We believe in developing projects in a manner that builds long-term relationships,” said Dave Holsteen, President of Rocky Mountain Prestress.  “With all the current Denver personnel staying in their positions, we expect the transition to be seamless.”

Sam Nesius, Chairman of The Wells Companies, agreed.

“Wells is a family-owned company in its fourth generation.  We are committed to this industry and a long-term view of business relationships.  This position is definitely compatible with Rocky Mountain’s culture,” he said.

A new plant located in Brighton, CO is expected to be completed next year. Upon completion, this plant will enhance current capability and flexibility in the Denver market.  Until then, existing plants at 5801 Pecos and 301 W. 60th Place will remain fully operational.

Founded in 1957, Minnesota-based Wells Concrete is one of the largest precast provider in the upper Midwest. The company designs, manufactures and installs structural and architectural precast solutions. Wells’ projects include stadiums such at U.S. Bank and Allianz Field, residence halls at the University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University, high-rise and residential buildings such as Higher Ground and Hyatt BCS Hotel, many large, highly-engineered food processing facilities and parking structures.

Denver-based Rocky Mountain Prestress has designed, fabricated and constructed structural and architectural precast concrete structures since 1958. The company has played an integral role in the construction of Denver International Airport, the Jefferson County Justice CenterCoors Field, the Pepsi Center, the Aurora Justice and Municipal Center, and numerous total-precast office buildings throughout the Denver metro area.


Wells Fargo builds parking ramp to make room for workers at south Minneapolis campus with 326 pieces of precast concrete

Wells Fargo Ramp

Location:
Minneapolis, MN
General Contractor:
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Architect:
Ryan A+E Inc.
Engineer:
Walker Parking Consultants
Owner:
Wells Fargo
Description: 

Wells Fargo is building a $23 million parking structure next to its Midtown Minneapolis campus to serve 1,250 employees being relocated to the Phillips neighborhood offices.  Construction began in May 2018, with completion in summer 2019.

The five-story, 696-stall ramp will rise on a surface parking lot next to a 1,992-stall parking structure; about one-third of the surface lot will remain after the structure is complete.

Wells Fargo also has a 1,042-stall ramp in the same vicinity; together, the planned and existing structures will provide parking for three campus office buildings.  The buildings – which are next to the Midtown Greenway bicycle trail — are connected by skyways.

With the addition, Wells Fargo will have about 4,650 employees at the campus. Wells Fargo houses its consumer lending and mortgage lending units at the campus.

The ramp is one of the first the city has approved under an amended parking structure policy approved November 2017. That policy requires new parking structures to screen cars in the structure from view from the street, and to provide “active uses” at the street level.  Those active uses include housing and commercial space.

Wells Concrete is manufacturing and erecting nearly 30,000 sq. ft. of precast for this project. The exterior architectural wall and spandrel panels boast a mix of acid etch charcoal panels and sandblasted white panels.  The precast concrete colors on this south parking structure will tie into colors on the campus’s north building, hence creating a balanced “bookend” look and feel.

Products Summary Sq. Ft. #
Architectural Insulated Wall 6,217 32
Architectural Solid Wall 1,782 16
Cladding Spandrel 18,394 261
Other 6 2
Solid Slab 2,263 15
Totals 28,663.0 326

 

For more information about this project, contact Mat Boie.


Blue Earth County expansion project is on track to finish in early 2020

Blue Earth County Government Center Ramp

Location:
Mankato, MN
General Contractor:
Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.
Architect/Engineer:
ISG
Owner:
Blue Earth County
Description: 

The Blue Earth County Government Center $22 million expansion project is on track to finish in early 2020, about seven months ahead of schedule.

The county is embarking on the project to free up more space for departments and growing resident service needs. The new building will help bring together multiple departments in one central location, which will free up space at the nearby historical courthouse.

To that end, the county will replace its current 220-spot parking ramp with a 340-spot parking structure, along with some additional parking spots along the street. The new two-story addition to the south of the building will also include an unfinished basement, which will house a shower and potential gym equipment for county workers.

The renovations will address current and upcoming maintenance issues at the 60-year-old government center.

Wells is producing and erecting 16,388 sq. ft. of precast concrete on the parking structure phase of this project. Precast includes 90 members of architectural wall panels showcasing a mix of acid etch, and brick and cast-in stone in the shape of Blue Earth County.

 

Products Sq. Ft. #
Architectural Solid Wall 16,388 90
For more information about this project, contact Jace Rossow.

Partnership Academy’s preschool through 8th grade building on schedule for 2019-20 school year

Partnership Academy

Location:
Richfield, MN
General Contractor:
Schreiber Mullaney Construction
Architect:
RMD Architects
Engineer:
Ericksen Roed and Associates, Inc.
Owner:
Partnership Academy
Description: 

Partnership Academy multi-year search for a permanent home is complete with the new construction for the 16-year-old charter school. The new building will house preschool through 8th grade programming. Construction will continue through May 2019, with plans to relocate all school programming to the site for the 2019-2020 school year.

Wells Concrete manufactured and produced more than 40,000 sq. ft. of precast concrete for this new school.   The insulated architectural walls boast a beautiful mix of acid etch and thin brick to add character to the building.  Nearly 200 pieces of hollowcore plank is supported by architectural and structural precast wall panels

Watch this time-lapse video to see the project progress.

Partnership Academy is a tuition-free public charter school currently serving Preschool through 6th grade, with 7th grade coming in 2019-2020!

Partnership Academy has served the community since 2002 with a focus on personalized education through small group learning and culturally responsive instruction.  Partnership Academy is thrilled to maintain its relationship with the city of Richfield and expand programming to meet demand.

Products Sq. Ft. #
Architectural Insulated Wall 12.5’ 20,435 63
Architectural Solid Wall 32 2
Hollowcore 10” 16139 178
Solid Slab 201 2
Structural Solid Wall 12’ 5,162 20
Totals 41,968.0 265

 

For more information about this project, contact Bob Geil or Scott Gates.


Construction begins on Minot’s enhanced flood protection

Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection

Location:
Minot, ND
General Contractor:
Hight Construction, LLC
Architect/Engineer:
Ackerman-Estvold
Owner:
Souris River Joint Water Resources Board
Description: 

Construction began spring 2018 on the Minot portion of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project.

It has taken years to get to this point. Efforts began in August 2011 when the Minot City Council voted to ask the State Water Commission to sponsor a flood protection project. The enormous flood of June 2011 had been far beyond what the existing flood levees could handle.

Wells Concrete is working on the Perket Ditch Pump Station, phase MI-2 and MI-3 of this project.  Phase MI-2 Napa Valley runs from the Highway 83 Bypass to 16th Street Southwest and will include levees, a road closure structure and two storm water pump stations.

Phase MI-3 Forest Road provides protection on the north side of the river between 16th Street Southwest and the end of Third Avenue Southwest, near the intersection of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, and will primarily feature earthen levees.

Nearly 5,000 sq. ft. of precast was manufactured in our Grand Forks plant and erected for the Pump Station.  This includes 23 members of insulated architectural wall panels that boast two different bricks separated by an acid etch strip.

The total cost for Phases MI-1, MI-2 and MI-3 is estimated to be $99.4 million. Construction on all three phases is scheduled to be completed in 2020 and will include concrete floodwalls, large stormwater pump stations, earthen levees and a roadway closure structure.

For more information about this project, contact Matt Schimmel.


A new prayer center emerges in Chaska – Sri Saibaba Mandir

Sri Saibaba Prayer Center

Location:
Chaska, MN
General Contractor:
Da Vinci Custom Homes
Architect:
Auromira Architects, LLC
Engineer:
Palanisami & Associates, Inc. (PAI)
Owner:
Sri Saibaba Mandir
Description: 

Just steps from Chaska’s western border, a mysterious turn lane leads to a newly paved road that ends in a farm field.  An amazing building is beginning to emerge from that sea of green grass, currently covered in snow: a mandir designed to worship the Indian saint Saibaba of Shirdi.

Mandir means a temple that is used for prayers and worship services, is a word used in Indian languages by people following Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and also Buddhism, and is a sacred place with divine energies. Since Saibaba of Shirdi originated from India with a predominantly Hindu population, a place of worship of Saibaba is commonly known as “Sri Saibaba Mandir.Sri means “holy” or “revered.”

Sri Saibaba Mandir, originally incorporated as Shirdi Saibaba Prayer Center, is non-denominational in nature and is open to all. The activities at the Sri Saibaba Mandir include daily prayer services, weekly congregations and celebration of other occasions of importance for Saibaba of Shirdi followers.

The mandir looked for suitable locations within the Twin Cities area, and although there were other locations available, the present site in Chaska was found to be the most suitable for the construction of the temple.

The current phase of construction includes the precast outer two-level building that houses Sri Sai’s sanctum on the main hall, and the dining area and kitchen in the lower level. This phase also includes the construction of the parking area, stormwater management, drainage, well construction, and electrical.

The exterior walls were constructed with custom architectural precast concrete insulated wall panels with a form-liner texture and projecting features around the upper windows. The design intent is to resemble a mid-20th century Hindu temple in the Maharashtra state of India. Precast concrete floor planks were used to support the second level worship area. The floor planks provided long open spans and the concrete mass helps to minimize floor vibrations.

Watch this video to see how the project is coming along.

For more information about this project, contact Bob Geil or Scott Gates.


NEW Sealant | Caulking Division at Wells

Wells’ sealant solution provides simple precautionary measures to ensure that buildings are sealed and long lasting. We can seal nearly any horizontal or vertical surface including parking lots, driveways, commercial floors, precast joints, CMU  joints, and dissimilar material joints.  Successful joint sealing requires meticulous design, precise sealant selection for your specific application, and painstaking application.

When it comes to weather proofing the joints between precast concrete panels, the last thing any contractor or building owner wants is sealant failure. They want long lasting protection against the weather and freedom from callbacks.

Not only does Wells use the highest quality products from Sika and BASF, but equally as important is the pride that we take in every job. Our highly qualified employees will ensure a finished product that will protect your investment for years.

Our Commercial / Industrial Services:

  • Building Restoration
  • Expansion Joints
  • Epoxy
  • Fire Caulking
  • Sealant Replacement
  • Security Sealants
  • ​Self-Leveling Sealants
  • Silicone
  • Structure Maintenance Programs
  • Traffic Grade Sealants
  • Urethane
  • Water Repellents
  • Waterproofing and Traffic Coatings

The difference between success and failure in panel joint sealing usually hinges on a few simple precautionary measures. First and foremost, a clean and dry joint needs to be the starting point. Secondly, using a few criteria such as exposure type for product selection such as urethane or silicone. Finally, proper material installation of sealant components to ensure a sealed joint that allows proper movement for expansion and contraction.

Wells is a team of industry experts working together to bring our customer’s vision to life. We offer superior craftsmanship, innovative design-build solutions and advanced production efficiency – making us the sealant solution provider of choice.


Whitewater Ramp is looking great with 100,000 square feet of precast concrete

Whitewater Ramp

Location:
Minnetonka, MN
General Contractor:
Steiner Construction Services
Architect:
Edward Farr Architects
Engineer:
ERA
Owner:
RMR Group
Description: 

The Whitewater Ramp will increase an existing parking ramp from five levels to seven levels, the current leaseholder, United Health Group, has requested to reconfigure the interior of the building creating a denser office environment and, thus, requiring additional parking. The existing site has 635 parking spaces, the addition would increase to 947 spaces.

The construction is a vertical addition within the footprint of the existing ramp, increasing from 42 feet to 63 feet in height. The two added levels to the parking ramp continue the same design as the existing ramp levels and with no modifications to the entrance or egress to the ramp, including the elevator and stair tower on the north side.

The existing parking ramp structure is a 5 level precast concrete component assembly including integrally colored off white exterior spandrels with an acid wash texture and waterwash accents. The additional levels will match the original design of precast concrete component construction, and maintain the perimeter shape with no encroachments upon required building setbacks.

 

Wells manufactured and erected more than 100,000 sq., ft. of precast concrete for the additional two levels. To match the existing building, architectural wall panels were produced with a sandblast finish.  Spandrels, Double tees, beams and columns were also incorporated into the precast build.

Product Sq. Ft. #
Beam – Inverted T 1,083 16
Beam – Ledge 0 2
Column – Pocketed 1,158 28
Double Tee – Parking Ramp 84,359 168
Other 135 112
Spandrel – Ledge 7,357 38
Spandrel – Rectangular 2,869 9
Wall – Architectural Solid, sandblast finish 16 1
Wall – Shear 167 2
Wall – Stitch 4,594 38
Totals 101,739 414

For more information about this project, contact Bob Geil or Matt Schimmel.


Official Launching of Slenderwall: Ready to Install

Our sales, engineering, and project management teams recently attended a 2-day training session to learn more about our newest product offering – SlenderWall.  This lighter weight architectural precast concrete/steel stud building wall panel system will provide incredible design versatility for our clients.

The purpose of the training was to gain additional knowledge in order to better serve our clients and be able to offer a new product to help save money on their next p  roject.  The training focused on application and use, production, installation, engineering, pre-installed windows, pricing, and coordination with general contractors, and we are excited to share what we’ve learned.

SlenderWall is a thermal and fire code-compliant, ASTM E119 fire-tested, architectural precast composite cladding system. It reduces structural costs and on-site trades with the only envelope system that combines proven technologies – architectural precast concrete, PVA fiber and welded-wire reinforcing, stainless-steel fasteners and ready-for-drywall heavy gauge G90 galvanized steel studs – to create a single efficient solution for new construction or re-cladding.

Slenderwall is designed to be lightweight (66% less than traditional architectural precast), reducing foundation and superstructure requirements, as well as shipping and installation costs. The exterior precast concrete cladding and integrated steel stud system are isolated from the structural stresses associated with: wind loading (tested to 226mph), steel frame movement, expansion and contraction, and seismic shock.

SlenderWall’s exterior surface is 2 ½” inches of molecularly bound PVA fiber and welded-wire reinforced high-strength architectural precast concrete. The integrated interior frame is made of 14 & 16-gauge, G90 galvanized steel studs spaced vertically on 2’ centers. The architectural concrete is connected to the steel-stud frame utilizing stainless-steel fasteners, creating a thermal air gap. The frame is then filled with factory-applied NFPA 285 fire-rated closed-cell foam insulation, creating a continuous insulation and air barrier that meets 2012 IECC thermal requirements.

In summary, SlenderWall is a unique precast concrete cladding system that combines the precast façade, insulation, windows, and an interior steel frame in one composite panel; all pre-assembled in our enclosed manufacturing facility. This results in a durable, high quality, lightweight, and low maintenance product that installs quickly and offers designers a wide range of color, texture and detail choices.  This new, high-value precast solution reduces costs, improves schedules, and decreases the need for on-site trades.

  • A complete building panel inside and out
  • All the benefit of traditional precast at 1/3 the weight
  • Energy code compliant continuous insulation
  • NFPA 285 Fire code compliant

We Invite You…

Wells Concrete invites you to join us for a demonstration of lightweight enclosure samples located at our Rosemount, MN plant. If this is something that would be of interest to you and your colleagues, please let us know and we can schedule a date and time for your showing.

We look forward to showing the SlenderWall option to you and your team.


New total precast Lorentz Meats building goes up with 30,000 sq. ft. of precast

Lorentz Meats

Location:
Cannon Falls, MN
General Contractor:
Wieser Brothers
Architect/Engineer:
IDOM Inc
Owner:
Lorentz Meats
Description: 

For this total precast project, Wells manufactured and erected more than 30,000 sq. ft. of precast, including double tees for floor and walls, and insulated wall panels.

Our precast concrete structural and envelope system is 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.

Products Sq. Ft. #
Double Tee 10,001 33
Solid Slab 1,101 8
Wall –  Structural Insulated 13,219 56
Wall – Double Tee 7,138 28
Totals 31,459 125

For more information about this project, contact Matt Schimmel.


After years of planning, construction for Essentia Wellness Center facility is well underway

Essentia Health Regional Wellness Center

Location:
Hermantown, MN
General Contractor:
McGough Construction
Architect/Engineer:
LHB Engineers & Architects
Owner:
City of Hermantown
Description: 

After years of planning, construction began this summer on a regional health and wellness center in Hermantown. The $25 million Essentia Wellness Center facility will include three key elements – a YMCA, a childcare center run by the YMCA, and co-located healthcare services provided by Essentia Health. It’s expected to see 1,000 visitors a day, and serve 60,000 people in the region.

Beyond providing healthcare in a clinical setting, Essentia will be offering wellness classes such as stress management, healthy cooking, and diabetes prevention. Meanwhile, the YMCA will go beyond offering exercise in a gymnastic setting. The group will connect people through outdoor experiences, swim lessons and leadership opportunities.

Addressing a critical need throughout the country, the YMCA at the Essentia Wellness Center will include a full-day licensed childcare center along with enrichment opportunities for older children.

The opening date is expected to be in the Fall of 2019.  McGough is the contractor, LHB the architect, and the city of Hermantown will own the building; Essentia and the YMCA will operate the facility through leases.

Wells Concrete produced and erected more than 50,000 sq. ft. of precast concrete for the new facility.  The exterior walls boast an acid etch and sandblast insulated panel combining both buff and charcoal colors.  Hollowcore and double tees were used in the floors and ceilings, while columns and beams aid in supporting the precast design.

Precast concrete structural and envelope systems meet the demands of healthcare and community buildings, providing aesthetic versatility, column-free interior spaces, and exceptional life-cycle performance. These buildings are often community show pieces, and precast concrete allows them to stand the test of time.

Precast lets architects and engineers integrate structural and architectural elements, which reduces materials, time and costs. On top of that, precast concrete is a very durable, low-maintenance building material designed to last 100 years.

Products Sq. Ft. #
Beam – Inverted T 103 ln. ft. 2
Column – Stick 59 ln. ft. 3
Double Tee 9,232 20
Hollowcore 18,113 271
Solid Slab 74 2
Wall – Architectural Solid 403 8
Wall – Architectural Insulated 13,360 81
Wall – Structural Solid 8,419 54
Totals 49,926 441

 

For more information about this project, contact Gary Pooley or Matt Schimmel.


Lake Country Power new headquarters takes shape with nearly 200 pieces of precast concrete

Lake Country Power Headquarters

Location:
Cohasset, MN
General Contractor:
Hawk Construction
Architect:
Architectural Resources, Inc.
Engineer:
Northland Consulting Engineers LLP
Owner:
Lake Country Power
Description: 

The new 68,000-square-foot facility will provide adequate space for the co-op’s fleet and equipment to be under cover and protected, which will be a vast improvement in the near-term and for the long-term. The new location is also expected to provide a safer access for employees and members as they enter onto U.S. Highway 2.

“This is a long-term investment that will serve Lake Country Power members and employees for the next 50 years or more,” said Greg Randa, general manager for Lake Country Power. “It’s also a positive change for the co-op’s future as the new building will replace a timeworn and over-crowded service center in Grand Rapids.

Wells Concrete provided more than 70,000 sq. ft of precast concrete for this new facility.  The exterior of the building boasts architectural wall and spandrel panels with a unique mix of thin brick, sandblast and acid etch finishes.  Formliner and reveals were also used in the façade to complete the design.  Additional precast components included Ultra-span hollowcore plank and structural wall panels.

Lake Country Power, www.lakecountrypower.coop, is a Touchstone Energy® cooperative serving parts of eight counties in northeastern Minnesota. The rural electric cooperative provides services to nearly 43,000 members and has offices located in Grand Rapids, Kettle River and Mountain Iron.

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.