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Prime Therapeutics builds in Eagan with nearly 800 pieces of precast concrete

Boulder Lakes Office

Location:
Eagan, MN
General Contractor:
RJ Ryan Construction
Architect/Engineer:
HGA
Owner:
United Properties
Description: 

 

Wells Concrete is proud to be part of the future home of Prime Therapeutics’ 410,000 square foot campus, being developed by United Properties, R.J. Ryan and designed by HGA. Prime Therapeutics worked with United Properties to develop a new building in Eagan’s “Boulder Lakes.”  United Properties is in the process of constructing a four-story, 400,000 square foot office for Prime to lease. The company manages pharmacy benefits for health insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Prime, which is already based in Eagan, plans to consolidate four of its offices into the new building. The project broke ground in the summer of 2017 and has plans for completion by 2019.

The new Prime building would rise on a vacant 30-acre site on Eagan’s northeast side, called Boulder Lakes, less than 10 minutes from the intersection of Highway 55 and interstates 35E and 494. The site is owned by Interstate Partners, a real estate development company that bases its Minnesota operations out of Eden Prairie.

From Prime’s perspective, the spot was ideally located to accommodate its workforce. “A lot of our employees are already working in Eagan and the ability to do a build-to-suit is a pretty big win,” said Brian Holmes, Prime’s assistant vice president of facilities. Once complete, the new location could house up to 3,000 employees, mostly IT and operational workers culled from two existing locations in Eagan, an office in Edina and a fourth in Mendota Heights, Holmes said.  Currently, Prime has about 3,600 employees, with about 2,000 in Minnesota.

A beautiful precast concrete aggregate mix was used on this project, with nearly 70,000 square feet of black and white spandrels and wall panels with an acid etch finish.  Wells was involved in an extensive collaborative effort with the architect, HGA, in designing the structural systems to support the precast.  The project schedule is very tight and therefore being fast-tracked – in fact, Wells began production even before architectural drawings were finalized to meet schedule needs.

790 pieces / 69,510 sq. ft.

For more information about this project, contact Bob Geil.


Fairview’s two school buildings to become one in new project

Fairview School

Location:
Fairview, MT
General Contractor:
Jackson Contractor Group
Architect:
Ackerman-Estvold
Engineer:
CW Structural Engineers Inc.
Owner:
Fairview School District
Description: 

This $6.22 million project will connect the Fairview school’s two buildings, improve office space and add a practice gym. The old gymnasium and administration office were demolished in order to add the practice gym, offices, lobby, concessions area, locker rooms for the new practice gym and an enclosed hallway to connect the two buildings. Currently, students need to walk outside for physical education class, practices and lunch in the cafeteria. Also included is an after-hours fitness room that will allow a wellness area for area residents.

Architect Sally Thoele, AIA, stated, “We have worked with the Fairview School team over the years to upgrade safety, heating, lighting, structural and finish systems while improving the buildings. We’re excited to offer our services to the school and the community to help them comply with code and provide safer solutions in a cost-effective manner.” The project’s completion date is Oct. 30, 2018.

Fairview’s old gym was built in 1930 and required major repairs. During an evaluation fall 2016, engineers reported that there was a major movement of the building’s foundations and slabs-on-grade interior to the building’s exterior walls relative to the building’s massive exterior concrete bearing walls.  This resulted in planning for new construction as the repairs would be too costly.

Nearly 32,000 sq. ft. of precast concrete was used in the construction of this project, including 10’ wide architectural insulated wall panels. A beautiful thin brick, waterwash, and sandblast finish provided a good contrast within the panel allowing it to blend in with the existing surroundings. Solid structural and architectural walls were also used to complete the precast construction by using these as load bearing components on the project. Precast provided an architectural structure that was durable, maintenance free, and put the owners mind at ease for future expenditures.

Product Sq. Ft. #
Architectural Insulated Wall Panels 10’ Wide 18,776 92
Insulated Wall Panels 12’ Wide 180 1
Architectural Solid Wall 34 1
Structural Solid Wall 12,315 47

 

For more information about this project, contact Scott Monzelowsky.


Basin Electric gets a new Transmission System Maintenance facility

Basin Menoken TSM Shop

Location:
Menoken, ND
General Contractor:
Roers Construction
Architect:
JLG Architects
Engineer:
Heyer Engineering PC
Owner:
Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Description: 

 

Construction is underway at Basin Electric’s new Transmission System Maintenance facility site.  The shop will replace the current Transmission System Maintenance shop located in Mandan, ND, which was built in the 1970s.  The new facility will provide a safer, more efficient work environment for employees.

The new construction includes a warm storage area for TSM to park their vehicles, a shop area for employees to work on vehicles that includes a wash basin and an administration area. The project is set to be complete in early 2019. Learn more about this project in this news report, where Amanda Wangler, Manager, gives some nice kudos for the use or precast concrete.

Wells Concrete provided 41,936 sq. ft. of precast concrete including 132 pieces of sandblast and water washed architectural wall panels.  The building is also constructed with hollowcore planks and 10’ structural wall panels.

For more information about this project, contact Scott Monzelowsky.


Fridley Civic City Hall is moving along nicely

Fridley Civic City Hall

Location:
Fridley, MN
General Contractor:
McGough Construction
Architect/Engineer:
BKV Group, Inc.
Owner:
City of Fridley
Description: 

Most recently, crews have been working on installation of the first floor for police, fire and city hall offices. Stair and elevator cores are going up, and mezzanines and office floor areas are taking shape in the public works building.

Concrete plank has been set for the subfloor for the police, fire and city hall office areas, as well as the public works offices. Finally, the flatbed trucks hauling large wall panels have completed their work, but have been replaced by semi-trailers for 99′ support beams.

As the walls take shape, building color starts to emerge. The color of the large panels of the Public Works building was selected to mimic the brick color that you can see on the Fire Department’s apparatus bays. The gray tones on the Public Works building will complement the metal panels that will soon be evident as the exterior skin to the Public Safety building. Those walls will go up after the footings for the salt shed. The color of the salt shed will match the exterior of the Public Safety building. Once walls are framed for City Hall a stone base and brick can then be laid up creating the exterior skin of that portion of the building. The further along the exterior gets, the more obvious this blending of colors and materials will be.

Wells Concrete is producing and erecting nearly 50,000 sq. ft. of precast concrete, including 54 pieces of architectural wall panels with thin brick features for this project.  Precast hollowcore, beams, columns, and structural wall panels also support the building.

Products Sq. Ft. #
Beam 2,250 39
Column 309 27
Flat Architectural 11,220 54
Flat Structural 6,341 53
Hollowcore 28,087 335
Total 48,208 508

For more information about this project, contact Gary Pooley.


Eagan gets some corporate expansion with White House Custom Colour

White House Custom Colour

Location:
Eagan, MN
General Contractor:
Zeman Construction
Architect:
Sperides Reiners Architects, Inc.
Engineer:
Ericksen Roed & Associates
Owner:
White House Custom Colour
Description: 

More corporate expansion coming to Eagan as White House Custom Colour builds and increases its workforce. Eagan-based photo lab White House Custom Colour has taken a big step toward an expansion of its corporate campus by purchasing almost 11 acres as the site of two new buildings.

White House, which moved to the Waters Business Center in Eagan from South St. Paul in 2007 will build 85,200 square feet of warehouse and production space. The overall campus will sprawl across 17.85 acres and will grow to about 235,000 square feet of office, warehouse and production space.

White House will add about 200 employees to its local workforce through the expansion and the relocation and consolidation of operations from other facilities; current Eagan workforce numbers about 400 during its peak production season.

White House got its start in 1978 as a photo finisher that catered primarily to Twin Cites wedding photographers, according to its website. It has since expanded into printing photo books and greeting cards, and sells related products including backgrounds for photo shoots and framed prints.

Wells partnered on this total precast project to include nearly 70,000 sq. ft. of precast concrete members including hollowcore and architectural wall panels.  The wall panels demonstrated a unique acid etch and sandblast finish. City officials approved precast as a Type A exterior finish.

 

Products Sq. Ft. #
Flat Architectural 35,346 127
Hollowcore 30,796 209
Solid Slab 1,845 14

 

For more information about this project, contact Jace Rossow.


The Westonka Activity Center is well on its way to completion

Mound Westonka High School Auditiorium / Fieldhouse Addition

Location:
Mound, MN
General Contractor:
Kraus Anderson Construction
Architect:
Wold Architects & Engineers
Engineer:
BKBM Engineers
Owner:
Mound Westonka High School ISD #277
Description: 

The new $22.95 million Westonka Activity Center and Performing Arts Center at Mound Westonka High School project is well on its way with precast panels and floors supporting the buildings.

The Westonka Activity Center will include three multi-use courts, a wrestling gym, a fitness room, an elevated track for walking/jogging, community locker rooms and meeting/gathering space. The new performing arts center will include a 600-seat theater with an orchestra area, a vibrant public lobby with gallery/display space, a green room, dressing rooms, and full-sized scene and costume shops.

The Westonka Schools greatly appreciate the generosity, trust and enthusiasm shown by the community to support this project.  Residents of all ages will be welcome into these community spaces in the fall of 2018.

Wells Concrete contributed more than 45,000 sq. ft. of precast for this project including 118 members of 10’ wide insulated wall panels that boast an acid etch finish. A design challenge for this project was the coordination of the mechanical ducting and piping with the precast structure.  The solution  was several meetings with BKBM, Wold, K-A, Laketown Electric, Weidner’s Mechanical and Wells; working as a team, we found creative solutions to coordinate large mechanical duct openings into our precast walls.

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.


Kanabec County gets its first year-round community center

Mora Wellness Center

Location:
Mora, MN
General Contractor:
Foster, Jacobs & Johnson
Architect:
Wold Architects
Engineer:
Northland Consulting Engineers
Owner:
Mora Public School District #332
Description: 

Mora Public Schools and FirstLight Health System collaborated to build Kanabec County’s first year-round community wellness center. At a cost of approximately $10.5 million, the two-story wellness center will be owned by the school district and its taxpayers.

The Center will include fitness, training and exam rooms, locker rooms, a 200-meter track, a separate elevated walking track, a large multipurpose space that includes four basketball/volleyball/tennis/group game courts, and more. FirstLight Health System staff will provide advice, guidance and physical evaluations.

Plans are for the center to be open to students, FirstLight patients, and the public. Community members will be able to walk in through the wellness center’s public entrance before, during and after school hours to utilize the walking track, schedule a medical exam, or take part in group exercise classes or team sports events. During school hours, the wellness center will be used by students for physical education classes. The public entrance will be separate from the Trailview school building entrance.

Precast concrete and steel were erected for the center of the building. Wells Concrete provided 163 pieces of precast concrete including 12” hollowcore, 8” wall panels and insulated wall panels.  The insulated wall panels included an architectural feature with sandblast and acid etch finishes.

Products Sq. Ft. #
Flat Architectural 38,737 121
Flat Structural 1,837 13
Hollowcore 5,016 33

 

 

For more information about this project, contact Steve Olson.


New Theater for Hanson Family Fine Arts

Hanson Family Fine Arts Theater

Location:
Forest City, IA
General Contractor:
Kingland Construction
Architect/Engineer:
ISG Group
Owner:
Forest City CSD
Description: 

The new Hansen Fine Arts center is a $10 million, two-story, 29,743 square foot, state-of-the-art fine arts facility. When completed in the fall of 2018, the facility will be used for university, school and local theatre group performances, as well as regional and national touring groups.

The project is a partnership between the Forest City Community School District, the city of Forest City and Waldorf University. The facility will feature an auditorium seating 600-650 people. A large stage, space for storage, set construction and a meeting area as well as capacity to expand in the future.

The Forest City Fine Arts Center is the result of the School District and Waldorf University’s goal to create a 21st century performing arts experience that enriches the lives of children and the community.

The new theater will be able to host weddings, special occasions, theatrical performances, art displays, regional and national touring groups, speaker engagements, and of the course the Waldorf University Artist Series. Expansion is also possible for the facility, but those would be long term goals if the need would arise.

Wells Concrete produced and erected nearly 5,000 sq. ft of precast concrete, including 10′ insulated wall panels, showcasing an acid etch and sandblast finish in addition to solid wall panels

For more information about this project, contact Reed Hudson.


District 8 gets a new school with room for expansion

District 8 School

Location:
Williston, ND
General Contractor:
FCI Constructors Inc.
Architect/Engineer:
EAPC
Owner:
Williams County School District #8
Description: 

The school board for District 8, formerly named New Public School District 8, voted to build a new middle school to replace Stony Creek Middle School. The $16.9 million school project, which the board voted to name Missouri Ridge Middle School, will start out serving grades six, seven and eight, and have a maximum capacity of 150 students. The site will be laid out in such a way that a future addition is possible. The possible addition would accommodate about 300 elementary school students, making a total of 450.

The core 22,400 square-foot space of the building, including a library, a gymnasium, a cafeteria and lab and study spaces, is being planned with 450 students in mind. A 11,250 square-foot modular wing would be connected to the main structure, which will comprise nine classrooms. The current construction timeline calls for the building to open in fall 2018, possibly in time for the start of school.

Wells Concrete is producing and erecting more than 40,000 sq. ft. of precast concrete, including wall panels and insulated wall panels.  The wall panels demonstrate a combination of finishes and features using thin brick, acid etch, and sandblast.

Schedule Information:

Speed of precast construction was compressing the project schedule so much that they were ahead of schedule. This allowed for the project to be enclosed before the winter months so interior construction could continue throughout the winter months

Design Challenges:

With the lack of labor and the short summer construction season precast was fabricated offsite using a labor pool in eastern ND and then shipped to the site for a fast installation. The use of hollowcore plank allowed for just one trade to coordinate delivery and installation and was able to all be set simultaneously to speed up the building enclosure

Innovations & Accomplishments:
The school system wanted a long-term, maintenance free building that they could be proud of for years to come; the use of thin brick materials gave the project the brick look that was desired while utilizing the speed and efficiency that a precast sandwich panel offers.

Product Details:

Precast was always the original design intent on this project. The use of architectural insulated walls on the exterior and solid bearing walls on the interior with hollowcore compressed the overall project schedule. Precast components are not always the least expensive building system up front, but there is value added when limiting the amount of trades involved, compressing schedule, reducing overall project site time, and allowing owners to take over their buildings sooner. When you factor all these components in precast because a lot more cost efficient.

Product Sq. Ft. #
Flat Architectural 20,294 91
Flat Structural 14,632 69
Hollowcore plank *provided by LaFarge 14,400

 

For more information about this project, contact Scott Monzelowsky.


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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