Winkelman Blog

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

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

New Sartell School Construction Project Breaks Ground Spring 2017

Posted by Robbie Schultz, LEED AP, CHC on Oct 11, 2016 12:57:51 PM

In the spring of 2017, Winkelman Building Corp will break ground on the Sartell-St. Stephen School District construction project. And honestly, we’re thrilled to be a part of it. Not only is this an opportunity to contribute to the community of Sartell and the education of future generations, it’s also an opportunity for us to provide service to one of the communities we work and live in.

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Topics: Project Management, Design/Build, Renovation, Community, School Construction

Construction Industry News: Workforce Shortfall

Posted by Robbie Schultz, LEED AP, CHC on Sep 6, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Look at any construction industry news and you'll quickly learn a few things, like how building in general is booming, or how solar energy continues to evolve. Perhaps the most striking is that there is a skilled worker shortage spanning across the industry. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, the majority of construction firms are having difficulty filling key spots even as the market is on an uptick in terms of demand. The survey included 1,358 construction firms.

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Topics: Project Management, Community

WBC's 2015 in Review: A Year of Building

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Jan 5, 2016 7:09:00 AM


We’re builders, it says so right in our name. But what we build goes beyond the square footage and acreage of industrial complexes, living spaces, schools and healthcare facilities. We build communities. We build spaces for people to learn, grow, live, heal, educate and collaborate. In our industry as with any other, it feels there is little time in the world of deadlines, bids, weather impacts and materials shortfalls to reflect on exactly what we do each and everyday. Allow me to take this time to reflect upon 2015 at Winkelman Building Corp. before 2016 is out of the gate.

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Topics: Project Management, Community

Bolstering Communities with Construction

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Dec 2, 2015 8:04:00 AM


When we set out on a new construction venture, it often leads us into the heart of a community, neighborhood or blossoming city. We're very big on community at Winkelman Building Corp., and appreciate the ability to grow and nurture communities across the Midwest. While some see building construction as a nuisance or inconvenience, we see the other side of things. Below are just a few of the positives of construction's impact on a community.

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Topics: Community, School Construction

School Lease Levy: Both Sides of the Issue

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Oct 22, 2015 7:42:00 AM

School boards in Minnesota have the power through the state Department of Education to impose a lease levy on property owners in the school district. While other levies require voter approval through a referendum, lease levies do not. They just need approval from the elected school board. If you’re considering a lease levy to enhance your district’s buildings or properties, we have some insight for you.

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Topics: Community, School Construction

Have a Big Vote Coming Up? There’s Pre-Referendum Services for That

Posted by Robbie Schultz, LEED AP, CHC on Sep 24, 2015 8:21:00 AM

A successful bond referendum centers on community involvement. Board unity is one of the most crucial factors in determining whether a referendum will pass. A community-based steering committee should oversee the actual referendum campaign, and you likely have some of these committees and programs in place. Winkelman Building Corp. can fill in as needed to provide support for the promotion of your school referendum. Here are some tips for your pre-referendum campaign.

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Topics: Community, School Construction

The Makings of a Strong Construction Team

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Feb 18, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Teamwork is the key to success in any business endeavor. Whether your company is attempting to boost sales and increase revenue, or looking to develop ideas for a new facility to bolster operational capabilities, teamwork will ultimately play a deciding role in the success or failure of a project. Commercial construction projects are often massive endeavors with a lot of different moving parts. In order for those parts to move in harmony, a successful and strong construction team must be assembled.

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Topics: Green Building, Construction Management, Community

Construction Project Feature: Minnesota School of Business

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Feb 3, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Minnesota School of Business has been providing specialized career training programs for more than 135 years. They specialize in business, medical, and computer education and are recognized as an educational provider across the Midwest.

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Topics: Design/Build, Community, School Construction