State Architect Charlie Nelson

The architectural, historical preservation and building community lost a true giant of a man yesterday when Charlie Nelson died. He was the Minnesota State Historical Architect for many,many years. Charlie had a true passion for taking care of all architecture. He would never hesitate to jump in his car and drive to meet with some hi...

Southwestern construction methods

Last week Ellen and I were in Arizona and New Mexico on vacation. It was good to be in another part of the country, although we seemed to bring some of Minnesota’s winter weather with us. Our first stop was in Tombstone, AZ where they had 6” of snow the day before we arrived. That created real problems for those folks, with school...

35th Anniversary

February marks the 35th anniversary of Northfield Construction! It hardly seems possible that this many years have gone by.

I worked as a carpenter’s apprentice on some of the first projects Northfield Construction Company built, including Lutheran churches in Apple Valley and Prescott, Wisconsin, Vasa Chil...

Guth Electric

In spite of some cold weather, work has been moving along well with the Guth Electric building in Dundas. The exterior wall panels are in place and look good with the esterior masonry wainscote….

The interior is bright with the insulation in place…..

It won’t be long before the steel...

Building codes….and pan flashings

At the end of January I attended an all day construction class for my contractor’s license recertification. The class was organized by Northfield’s Building Official, John Brookins, and was held at the American Legion. A couple of State employees did the actual presentations and did an excellent job. There were over 100 building co...

Northfield downtown meeting

This morning at 8:00 I joined many community members, business owners, and retail merchants for a discussion at the Grand Entertainment center. In spite of a fairly cold, very snowy morning, there was an excellent turnout.

The meeting was sponsored jointly between the Northfield Downtown Development Corporati...

Custom home

Work is coming along very well on a house we are building in rural Rice County. It is good to be working inside on such cold days! The stairway Charlie installed is beautiful. He is an expert craftsman and on work like this is shows up immediately.

I think the box newel at the foot of the stair creates a real ...

Host family

Ellen and I have been acting as a local host family to a Carleton College student. Marcel Gozali is from Singapore and is a first year student at Carleton. He is a wonderful young man and we are thoroughly enjoying getting to know him, and to learn about Singapore and that area of the world. On Monday of this week Marcel gave us a s...

Happy Valentine’s Day

Last Friday I received a great Valentine’s Day card in the mail…..

The card was from and was made by one of the residents. What a thoughtful, kind thing to do! Northfield Construction Company has had a long relationship of providing support to LBS and this was a very nice way to say thank you….

Selecting a building contractor

When you consider contracting with a builder for a construction project it is important to first make sure the firm has the capabilities to perform the identified work properly. This often includes doing some background research that may include: • Assessing financial condition of the firm. Do they pay their bills on time? • Evalua...