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MN State Fair Grandstand Elevator Addition

St. Paul, MN
General Contractor:
Maertens-Brenny Construction
MN State Fair

Over the past few months, the Minnesota fairgrounds got $8 million worth of improvements, including the long-anticipated addition of an elevator on the west side of the historic Grandstand and a new food and beverage space inside the Grandstand. Jerry Hammer (the fair’s general manager) said it’s important not to fall behind on upkeep projects for the State Fair, which attracts about 1.9 million visitors each year. “Then it’s not the ‘Great Minnesota Get-Together,’ it’s the ‘Pretty Good Minnesota Get-Together,’” Hammer said.

Spread out over 320 acres at 1265 Snelling Ave. N., the fairgrounds are dotted with structures constructed as far back as the early 1900s. Some were built in the 1930s as Depression-era Works Progress Administration projects. Historically significant buildings include the Fine Arts Center, the Progress Center, the Grandstand and Warner Coliseum, formerly known as the Hippodrome, according to the fair.

The projects were completed just in time for the 2017 Minnesota State Fair, which starts this Thursday, August 24 and will run through Labor Day, Sept. 4. Wells Concrete provided 72 pieces of precast concrete (insulated wall panels, wall panels, beams, stairs, and hollowcore) with a combination of acid etch and sandblast finishes.

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For more information about this project, contact Mat Boie.