Winkelman Blog

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 Reasons Experience is Essential to Commercial Building Projects

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Jan 25, 2017 3:00:00 PM

In real life, there are no do-overs, and in commercial construction, needing to redo part of a project can quickly derail your timeline and your budget. Regardless of the area or industry, new team members bring a certain level of inexperience capable of impacting team performance...

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Topics: Project Management, Design/Build, Construction Management

Design/Build Contractors: Winkelman specializes with incorporating the design and construction together.

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Oct 19, 2016 12:31:00 PM

A construction project begins with an owner requesting a new building, and it ends with that owner receiving their building. Sounds simple enough, right? While the beginning and end of construction projects typically look the same, the process in the middle differs depending on the project delivery system of the company you contract through.

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Topics: Design/Build, Renovation

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

New or Renovated Office Space: 4 Ways It Impacts Your Business

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Aug 22, 2016 2:30:00 PM

In the world of business, it is vital that your company continually has an eye on the future. This doesn’t mean just the marketplace that impacts your products and services, but an eye on the future of your company’s infrastructure.

Think about it this way: a football franchise in America does not operate smoothly if it simply hordes its cash revenue and never updates its facilities. New training facilities help players prepare smarter, train harder and recover faster. Stadium rebuilds and renovations improve seating capacity and add opportunities for the franchise to bring in more revenue.An office building is the physical embodiment of your company, and is the first thing customers see when they visit. The office building is also where your employees work every day. Building a new office complex or renovating a current one is a critical investment in your company, with many potential benefits.

A new office building is like a shiny new stadium for an NFL franchise. Just how does this impact your business though?

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Topics: Design/Build, Renovation, Office Construction, commercial construction

Top 5 Energy Efficient Construction Solutions

Posted by Robbie Schultz, LEED AP, CHC on Mar 3, 2016 6:30:00 AM

Energy efficiency and green building practices remain popular construction topics. Not only does building green add monetary value to your project, it also supports a healthy local environment. As more and more individuals and businesses learn the value of energy efficient building techniques, they begin to wonder what popular energy solutions look like. In this blog I’ll cover five popular construction energy efficient solutions.

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Topics: Green Building, Design/Build

Brewery Building Codes and Regulations

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Feb 15, 2016 7:11:00 AM

If you’re a beer maker, you know there is more that goes into your craft than deciding what to name each style you produce. The same amount of consideration and know-how comes with deciding to build a brewery – there’s more to that than square footage. If you’re ready for the next step in your brewing career, here are three basic brew house considerations you must take when entering this phase.

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Topics: Design/Build, Renovation, Brewery Construction

Commercial Construction: Want vs. Need

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Sep 22, 2015 6:12:00 PM


When you’re beginning to lay out the design details for your project, how can you not get excited? We understand that how your building looks is one of the most important aspects of your venture; it helps you put your best foot forward and allows your employees, customers, and clients to feel at home. That being said, we find that sometimes it is hard for individuals to keep their limits (and budget) in mind when planning for their commercial building construction project. In our experience, building practically instead of glamorously (AKA construction "want" vs. "need") will not only keep your bottom line in-check, but will ensure you are pleased with the end-results. Here are just a few strategies and tips we’ve found to be essential during this process...

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Topics: Design/Build, Cost-Effective, commercial construction

School Construction Project Feature: Annandale Elementary Schools

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

This is a new 146,300-square-foot elementary school completed in 2013. The building consists of a 111,300-square-foot main level with a 35,000-square-foot upper level. It has a capacity for 1,000 students; 900 kindergarten through fifth grade and 100 pre-schoolers with the ability to easily expand the building.

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Topics: Design/Build, School Construction

Facts about Geothermal Technology

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Feb 9, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Geothermal technology uses natural energy produced from Earth’s heat. The resources needed for geothermal heat and technology can be made both naturally and efficiently, so it is both sustainable and clean. Geothermal energy can be made from a variety of sources including hot water, cold water, hot rock, shallow ground, deep ground, and in many different of temperatures.

Using geothermal technology can impact your construction project or building project in a number of ways. Lenders often loan you more money to build new buildings, and if you are a governmental entity, voters may pass a referendum for construction of a new building – but, they don’t give you extra money to operate the new building. Therefore, consideration of geothermal mechanical systems that can help you reduce the operating costs would be advisable.

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Topics: Green Building, Design/Build, Cost-Effective