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Michael Schoenecker

Mike Schoenecker is the Vice President of Winkelman Building Corporation. He joined the team in 2004 as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development after time spent at 3D/International and E&V Consultants and Construction Managers in Minneapolis. Within the walls of Winkelman and out, Mike works to support and improve our community. He currently serves on multiple boards and committees in the business community, including the Minnesota Construction Association and Quiet Oaks Hospice House. He has also served on the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce and St. Cloud Area YMCA.
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Commercial Remodeling Projects? Winkelman Building Co. LLC Can Help

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Aug 1, 2017 2:24:56 PM

When they're viable, commercial remodeling projects have some great benefits. Typically, they require less time investment and can accommodate tighter deadlines than a new build. Remodeling can be less expensive than starting from scratch, and it can allow you to remain in your current location by using the space you already have more efficiently. Below, I've outlined a few of the commercial remodeling projects we've completed over the years. 

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Topics: Renovation

Commercial Building Projects: Industries We Serve

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Jun 26, 2017 12:53:00 PM

Our design/build approach allows us to serve numerous industries within our community. Instead of working within a specific niche, we offer deliberate and carefully planned design/build services that make it possible to focus on the unique nature of each and every project.

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Topics: Project Management

Personally and Professionally: Winkelman Building Corp. Gives Back

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on May 23, 2017 8:24:00 AM

It's never lost on me that there's a community-building aspect to what we do here at Winkelman Building Corp. And I mean that beyond the fact that we create buildings, structures and landscapes within the Central Minnesota communities we serve - because those buildings go on to support the people of this area. Whether we're on or off the clock, Winkelman cares about the community. 

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Topics: Community

Brewery Construction Feature: Fulton Brewery

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on May 15, 2017 4:37:00 PM

When we took on the Fulton Brewery construction project, it was new and exciting for us and them. While we've been building in and around central Minnesota for decades, this was our first brewery. The project gave us a chance to flex our Design/Build muscles and put our skills to the test. 

With the recent boom in Minnesota's brewery business, breweries are bigger, better and more “in” than ever before. These buildings encompass micro-breweries, taprooms, restaurants, meeting places and tour destinations, and no single brewery is the same. Here's the story of our first brewery project - it's definitely not our last. 

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Topics: Design/Build, Renovation, Brewery Construction

3 Financial Questions to Answer before Building

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Apr 5, 2017 2:28:00 PM

Your company is growing, and that’s a great thing. Revenues are up, your client base is expanding, and you are hiring new employees to meet rising demand. And as your business grows, you are experiening growing pains with your current facilities. The time has come to expand your office or building to accommodate the growth of your company and better situate the business to handle future growth.

It is important that you stop and take a moment to answer a few financial questions before making an addition to your current space. Before you begin this exciting project, take some time to consider a few finance tips before construction.

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Topics: Project Management, Estimates, Cost-Effective

Winkelman Building Corp. and Construction's Impact on A Community

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Mar 28, 2017 11:22:00 AM

The relationship between a business and its local community is more than proximity. It's a partnership. Both sides have to opportunity to benefit from one another, which makes it important to foster and nurture that relationship. At Winkelman Building Corp., we believe a positive relationship with the local community is well worth the effort.

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Topics: Green Building, Community

5 Tips for Selecting the Best General Contractor

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Mar 22, 2017 3:33:00 PM

Just about every quality construction project requires a reliable general contractor. You may have a vision for your remodeling or expansion project, but it takes a great general contractor to help bring that vision to life. Construction experts in this field help get projects off the ground. A general contractor helps you negotiate with the trade contractors, such as plumbers, electricians, and cement layers, to get you the best possible prices and the best possible products.

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Topics: Project Management, Construction Planning, General Contracting

Commercial Building Construction: Better to Build, Remodel, or Expand?

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Mar 13, 2017 3:15:00 PM

In the world of business, time changes everything. Over time your business will experience staff turnover, product/service changes, and the adoption of new technologies that change the way you do business. What about the facilities you use every day? The buildings, office complexes, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities that house your business are going to change over time as well. What's different, though, is how you respond to those changes. 

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Topics: Project Management, Renovation, Construction Planning

Don’t Let Poor Planning Ruin Your Commercial Construction Project

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Feb 15, 2017 10:50:00 AM

Taking on that commercial construction project can be a stressful and daunting task. That being said, don't jump into uncharted waters without making sure that you are using cost-effective construction techniques designed to limit your risk and exposure while maximizing your potential rewards.

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Topics: Cost-Effective, Construction Planning

What to Know When Choosing a Building Site or Location

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Feb 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If your business is growing beyond the needs of your current facility you may find that the time has come for a new building to accommodate growth. How much thought have you given to choosing a building site or location? The building that houses your company and its location in your region are just as important as the product or service that makes your company so successful in the first place.

When it’s time to relocate or open a second location, choosing a building site should not be taken lightly. There are a lot of factors to consider in the selection of a construction site. Take the time to ensure your company is familiar with these factors so that an informed decision is made, setting your business up for further success in the future.

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Topics: Cost-Effective, Construction Planning, commercial construction