Brainerd Lakes Chamber celebrates new WSN-designed office with open house — take the virtual tour from your desk!

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The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated its new office with an open house party, which was part of the Tyrol Hills Shopping Center Business After Hours event on April 12. Widseth Smith Nolting provided architectural, mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering services on the office remodel project. WSN also provided design concepts to the builder for the shoppping center exterior improvements. Continue reading “Brainerd Lakes Chamber celebrates new WSN-designed office with open house — take the virtual tour from your desk!”

Don’t let money slide down the drain; take advantage of PSIG funds for your water & wastewater infrastructure projects

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The Public Facilities Authority (PFA) has a grant program that is designed to help local governments obtain money for water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Here’s what you need to know about the program. Continue reading “Don’t let money slide down the drain; take advantage of PSIG funds for your water & wastewater infrastructure projects”

“WSN Hunger Games” provides support to local food shelves

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WSN Brainerd/Baxter employees pose with the food (772 lbs.) and money ($600) collected by their office.

Widseth Smith Nolting has held food drives in each of its office locations for many years to support area food shelves. In 2015, a competition between our offices was born — the WSN Hunger Games. In its first year the competition raised $3,849 and collected 1,590 pounds of food. This year’s Hunger Games was an even bigger success, with $4,545 raised and 2,832 pounds of food collected, all of which was donated to area food shelves and organizations. Continue reading ““WSN Hunger Games” provides support to local food shelves”

THE DIRT PILE SERIES: Framing, finishes, and fixtures. Episode 4 — Interiors

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The interior of the Hermantown Mills Fleet Farm store has dramatically changed since the building shell was erected last fall. What was once a muddy mess is now clean, bright, and ready for merchandise. The concrete floors have been poured and polished; interior walls have been framed, sheet-rocked, and painted; and the retail racking is currently being assembled. In just a couple months the first customers will be walking through the front doors. Continue reading “THE DIRT PILE SERIES: Framing, finishes, and fixtures. Episode 4 — Interiors”

Sprout Food Hub opens for business in refurbished manufacturing plant

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Sprout Food Hub, recently completed in Little Falls, MN, is a local food co-op constructed with design assistance from Widseth Smith Nolting. Three years in the making, the facility is entirely foundation- and grant-funded from countless community partners. Sprout celebrated its grand opening earlier this month. Continue reading “Sprout Food Hub opens for business in refurbished manufacturing plant”

THE DIRT PILE SERIES: Before the bulldozers. Episode 3 — Planning & Design

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Understanding what a client wants and needs is critical to a successful project. We listen closely to our clients from the earliest stages of planning and design to ensure their specific goals and expectations are realized. Our team guides owners through every phase of the project, ensuring that design, function, and efficiency are optimized as the building and site come to life. Continue reading “THE DIRT PILE SERIES: Before the bulldozers. Episode 3 — Planning & Design”

WSN installs monitoring wells to measure groundwater quality and safety

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Cross section diagram of a surficial aquifer well.

Most of us take clean water for granted. We expect it and won’t settle for anything less. But, we may not give much thought to where our water comes from and what, if any, contaminants are included. Continue reading “WSN installs monitoring wells to measure groundwater quality and safety”

THE DIRT PILE SERIES: Make way for precast and steel. Episode 2 — Building Shell

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This episode features precast concrete panels flying through the air and steel being erected at the Mills Fleet Farm site in Hermantown, MN. Widseth Smith Nolting’s architects and engineers explain what’s involved during this critical stage of the project. Continue reading “THE DIRT PILE SERIES: Make way for precast and steel. Episode 2 — Building Shell”