Winkelman Blog

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

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

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

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

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: Retrofitting vs. Building from the Ground Up

Posted by Robbie Schultz, LEED AP, CHC on Jul 29, 2015 10:50:00 AM


As a business owner, having a space that fits your unique needs is critically important. Expanding your business, opening a second location, or moving to a new location requires a big question to be answered. Should you build from the ground up or retrofit an existing property? There are multitudes of considerations here and ultimately, the decision comes down to determining which is the best short term and long-term solution for your unique business. Nevertheless, there are a few key things to keep in mind before making this decision…

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Topics: Project Management, Renovation, Construction Planning

The Importance of a Commercial Remodeling Cost / Schedule Evaluation

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on May 14, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Realtors are matchmakers. They depend on their ability to successfully match clients with properties. Of course, like the princess that couldn’t imagine a frog might be a prince, many clients can’t readily see why or how a proposed space could work for them. The realtor, of course, develops this knack and helps buyers envision how changes—renovations—can allow them to customize a space to make it suit them perfectly. Part of the challenge is to usher potential buyers through the remodeling process model so that they become comfortable with costs and timelines. Savvy realtors who take time to go over the ins and outs of the cost / time estimate with a construction firm are likely to see some substantial benefits for their efforts.
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Topics: Property, Renovation, Estimates