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

Black Forest Falls, WI
General Contractor:
Miron Construction Co., Inc.
Ho-Chunk Indian Nation

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

Balsam Lake, WI
General Contractor:
Kraus Anderson
Northland Consulting Engineers
Unity School District


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

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


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:

For more information about this project, contact Rick Ostgard.

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

Rochester Ramp

Rochester, MN
General Contractor:
Kraus Anderson
Collaborative Design Group
City of Rochester

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.


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 

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

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

Roseville, MN
General Contractor:
Callison RTKL
Jones Lang LaSalle

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

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

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

Le Center, MN
General Contractor:
Adolfson & Peterson Construction Inc.
BKV Group, Inc.
Le Sueur County

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

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

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

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 Matt Boie.

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.