Winkelman Blog

Top 6 School Construction Blogs for Trends, Sustainability & More

Posted by Robbie Schultz, LEED AP, CHC on May 11, 2017 7:22:00 AM

When it comes to school construction, there are a few key drivers. Projects are often influenced by community needs, changes in curriculum, advancements in learning practices and financial circumstances. And when you work on these projects first-hand, there are many lessons learned. Over the years, we've partnered with both public and private school districts to design, construct, expand and renovate nearly 100 educational facilities.

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Topics: Green Building, School Construction

Growing in Popularity: Green Building

Posted by Jay Vogel, LEED AP, CHC on Apr 17, 2017 8:29:00 AM

While the idea of "going green" has been around for many years, the concept has picked up momentum in recent years. In nearly every area of industry, you'll find opportunities for green initiatives. Why? Because there are real, tangible benefits associated with going green

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Topics: Green Building, Cost-Effective, Solar Power

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

How Green Construction & Sustainability Became Everyday Standards

Posted by Robbie Schultz, LEED AP, CHC on Jan 13, 2017 8:57:00 AM

We're not strangers to green building and sustainability here at Winkelman Building Corporation. From our earliest beginings to where we are now, appreciation and respect for the environment has always informed our actions. One of the avenues that's helped us get to where we are today is LEED.

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Topics: LEED, Green Building, Project Management, General Contracting

Our Story: Why Building Green is at the Core of Winkelman Builders

Posted by David Winkelman on Nov 10, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Don Winkelman, Sr. founded Winkelman Enterprises in 1969. It was a family-owned construction business that became Winkelman Building Corporation in 1983. From the beginning, respect for the environment and appreciation for nature was a focal point for this Central Minnesota construction company. And, while many know Winkelman Building Corp. is passionate about sustainable construction and green building, not many people know why.

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Topics: Green Building

Building Sustainability: Solar Power in Construction

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Sep 26, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Solar power provides energy to offices, schools, and municipal buildings. New advances in solar technology, along with reduced costs for solar materials and federal and state tax credits and rebates are making solar a popular choice for alternative and sustainable energy. It has become a desirable option for meeting energy needs in both the private and commercial sectors. Solar power is quickly making its way onto traditional power grids. And, with the growth of sustainable construction on the horizon, more people are looking to source their energy from solar power.

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Topics: Green Building, Cost-Effective, Construction Planning, Solar Power

How Solar Power & Geothermal Technology Are Similar and Different

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Sep 16, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Solar energy and geothermal energy are both safe, renewable energy sources that do not depend on fossil fuels. Both options are successful in residential and commercial settings. They work well in conjunction with each other and they also excel as individual power systems. And, they occur together almost as often as they do separately.  

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Topics: Green Building, Solar Power

6 Reasons to Include Geothermal Technology in Commercial Construction

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Aug 11, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Chances are you’ve heard about the “go green” movement. What you may or may not know is that “going green” and being sustainable is an opportunity within your construction projects too. Over the years green-designed construction projects have included churches, office buildings, schools and universities, maintenance buildings and production facilities.

The majority of these projects implement geothermal technology as a way to promote sustainability and green building. Today, I’m sharing 6 reasons geothermal technology is valuable in green building, but first, let’s answer the big question: What is geothermal technology?

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Topics: LEED, Green Building, Cost-Effective, commercial construction

5 Solar Power Myths Brought to Light

Posted by Jay Vogel, LEED AP, CHC on Apr 27, 2016 3:14:00 PM

Earth Day is on the horizon, and green building is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. With something as often discussed as solar power, there’s bound to be a few misconceptions making the rounds. After all, conflict and controversy make for attractive talking points. Today, I’m bringing five common solar power myths to light.

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Topics: Green Building, Solar Power

Solar Power vs. Wind Power: What You Should Know

Posted by Robbie Schultz, LEED AP, CHC on Apr 12, 2016 7:07:00 AM

When considering energy efficient solutions, solar power and wind power inevitably come up. As two of the most common sources of renewable energy, they are often lumped together. Although both solutions have overlapping qualities, their differences definitely outweigh their similarities. If you’re interested in alternative, eco-friendly solutions but are unsure which one best suits your needs, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll detail the similarities and differences of these two energy solutions and clarify which one works best in various situations.

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Topics: Green Building, Solar Power