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

See the Royalton School Construction Update (In Photos)

Posted by Jay Vogel, LEED AP, CHC on Jan 18, 2017 11:53:00 AM

While the ground breaking and ribbon cuttings get a lot of attention surrounding new projects, the really exciting stuff happens in-between and behind the scenes. Below, we're sharing some progress photos of the Royalton school construction project

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Topics: School Construction

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

Solar Power in Schools Receives High Marks

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on May 5, 2016 7:17:00 AM

Our education system is no stranger to doing less with more. Theories for improving educational environments are everywhere. They often provide great ideas for improvement, but theories can’t just be great – they need to be actionable. Otherwise, turning those ideas into solutions can create seemingly endless obstacles.

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Topics: LEED, School Construction, Solar Power

What to Look for in a School Construction Manager

Posted by Robbie Schultz, LEED AP, CHC on Dec 11, 2015 9:14:00 AM

If 2016 is the year your school district has goals to build, renovate or expand; it’s also time to look for a school construction partner. At Winkelman Building Corp., we’ve worked on hundreds of educational construction projects in our history. We know that while each district and each building has its specific nuances and requirements, the construction manager you need should include these seven aspects of quality project management and construction leadership.

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Topics: Project Management, School Construction

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 Construction Project Round-Up

Posted by Robbie Schultz, LEED AP, CHC on Nov 17, 2015 11:28:00 AM

The heart of what we do is providing beautiful and sustainable building solutions across the Midwest. This includes educational projects including new school construction, renovations, referendum services, and more. We have years of dedicated experience in every realm of education construction at Winkelman Building Corp. and we have shared several projects and insight on topic. To make it easy for you to reference these resources, I’ve taken some time to put them all in one place.

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Topics: Project Management, School Construction

What I’ve Learned About School Construction – a Guest Blog

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Nov 11, 2015 8:17:00 AM

Winkelman Building Corp. has partnered with numerous public and private school districts on pre-referendum, design and construction services of over 100 new, expanded, and renovated educational facilities across the state of Minnesota. We take great pride in strengthening the communities we impact with such projects, and know we’re making a difference in the lives of students, educators, and district leaders with each build. In this guest blog, educational construction consultant Mike Spanier will share his expertise and knowledge on what he’s witnessed in the industry for more than 40 years.

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Topics: Project Management, School Construction

School Construction Superintendents - Ensuring a Successful Build

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Nov 6, 2015 8:15:56 AM

There’s no rest for the weary in education construction projects! After your school referendum passes, your work truly begins. One of your first steps is securing a commercial builder who will bring your educational project to life. If you didn’t use Winkelman Building Corp. for your pre-referendum services, now’s the time to partner with us – here’s why. It’s all about our people.

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Topics: Project Management, 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