Lakeville Liquor Store

We have been working on a new liquor store for the City of Lakeville for the past month or so. I believe this is the sixth liquor store Lakeville owns, but they will be closing the store on Cedar Avenue when this one on Galaxie and County 46 opens. The building is being constructed using a Construction Manager, in this case supplied ...

Second Street home and Habitat House

The carpenters have moved on to the second floor walls on the Second Street home we are building. As with the first floor, the second floor exterior walls are made with structural insulated panels (SIPS). The interior wall framing is conventional 2x4 construction.

The second floor joists are open web floor tru...

La Puerta Abierta

After many weeks of working through the permit process, we are finally underway with the La Puerta Abierta Methodist Church in St. Paul. For the past two weeks we worked in preparing the site and installing site utilities. A couple of small buildings were removed, organic soils stockpiled for future use, and rough grading completed. ...

First National Bank-South

In spite of rather hot and humid weather, the workers have been forging ahead with the First National Bank-south building project. We have the majority of the structural steel in place and are welding joints now. The exterior steel wall framing is mostly complete and workers have started on wall sheathing….

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Stucco finish application

We started the finish stucco application at the Maple Street home we are building. The day is perfect for this type of work----not too hot, clear blue skies. The first thing Chris Miller and the crew from Trowel Trades did was tackle the chimney....

It takes a lot of preparation to get ready for the stucco fin...

Stone window well

The house we are constructing on Maple Street includes some below grade windows in the lower level. Rather than have a single window well into the area, the architect grouped the windows all across the end of the home and planned a single large window well....

As you can see, the well is stepped. This will all...

Sidewalks and ice cream shops

Ellen and I recently returned from a week in the We traveled to Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. While I travel I always like to look at construction practices and how other people solve problems. When we stopped for ice cream in Hood River, on the shore of the Columbia River, I discovered you don't really need a huge place...

La Puerta Abierta Methodist Church

This morning I was in St. Paul and stopped by the La Puerta Abierta Methodist church site. Work is moving along well there. The underground utilities have been installed, which required the removal of sidewalks and some street sections. The final patch work there was just being finished....

The plumbers are on...

National Night Out

Tuesday evening I staffed a Northfield Construction Company booth at the Northfield National Night Out event. I handed out pencils to the children, telling them it won't be long before school starts and they will need to use the pencil. There were lots of people enjoying the event....

Some of the police and ...

Construction in the Northwest

When I was in the Pacific Northwest last week I observed several interesting construction items. The first was at the Bonneville Dam. The interpretive center there had some great photos of the dam being constructed in the 1930’s. It always amazes me at the type and quality of work that was done without the massive hydraulic and elec...