Pearle Vision: December’s featured project on your WSN calendar

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When the licensed operators of the Baxter, Minnesota, Pearle Vision needed to expand, it was important to them to work with a local design team to personalize the space. Widseth Smith Nolting tailored the franchise’s prototype design to fit the new space and fulfill the owners’ needs while maintaining corporate standards. The nostalgic decor in the retail area offers a glimpse into the company’s history while the contemporary furnishings and exam equipment provide customers with a professional experience.

WSN proud to be major sponsor of Brainerd Lakes Chamber Celebration of Excellence award dinner

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Destination Downtown contest winner Brenda Billman-Arndt (middle), WSN Digital Marketing Manager Brady Bussler (right).

WSN was a major sponsor of last night’s Brainerd Lakes Chamber Celebration of Excellence award dinner at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake. Towards the end of the evening, the Destination Downtown Brainerd Business Challenge winner was announced. Brenda Billman-Arndt’s dream of opening Purple Fern Bath Co. in downtown Brainerd will come true.

Our architects were involved in the contest by providing design services for each of the three finalists. We also produced a video that profiled the contest and each of the finalists for last night’s event.

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WSN helps Crosslake visualize new development around Town Square

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Crosswoods Development approached WSN because they needed help communicating their ideas for the future of Crosslake. They have plans for many projects in and around Town Square that will drive growth for the city. We wrote and produced a video that showcases each piece of development with realistic animations. This allows the viewer to experience these projects in a fun and informative way, and gain a better understanding of what’s being proposed.  Continue reading “WSN helps Crosslake visualize new development around Town Square”

Milford Mine Memorial Park: November’s featured project on your WSN calendar

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Milford Mine Memorial Park, about two miles north of Crosby, MN, has officially opened. The park honors the 41 miners who lost their lives in Minnesota’s worst mining disaster. Widseth Smith Nolting worked closely with Crow Wing County Natural Resource Manager Bryan Pike to make the park a reality.  Continue reading “Milford Mine Memorial Park: November’s featured project on your WSN calendar”

Does your school district need more space, greater efficiency, or facility repairs? We can help!

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Is your district’s enrollment growing? We support referendum campaigns and will lead the way on planning and design for new facilities, remodels, and additions. View project examplesContinue reading “Does your school district need more space, greater efficiency, or facility repairs? We can help!”

The 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants application period is right around the corner. Start planning your application now.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) application period is quickly approaching. Start preparing for your application now to ensure it’s accurate, complete, and will be submitted on time. This year more than $300 million in grants is available nationwide. Here is what you need to know about the AFG program.  Continue reading “The 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants application period is right around the corner. Start planning your application now.”

October’s featured project on your WSN calendar: North Koochiching Area Sanitary District

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The North Koochiching Area Sanitary District serves 7,000 residents along Rainy Lake in northern Minnesota. The 60-year-old facility required multiple improvements, including new screening/grit removal building, primary/secondary clarifier and trickling filter replacement, tertiary sand filtration for mercury removal, and bio-solids dewatering with storage.  Continue reading “October’s featured project on your WSN calendar: North Koochiching Area Sanitary District”

Three options for energy audits. How much money will you save?

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An energy audit identifies ways to reduce energy costs.

Some solutions can be simple, relatively quick, and require a minimal investment (like occupancy sensors for lighting); others can be long-range and require an outlay of capital (like upgrading the heating and cooling systems to geothermal).

But what goes into an energy audit to get to those recommendations and solutions?  Continue reading “Three options for energy audits. How much money will you save?”