THE DIRT PILE SERIES FINALE: Time to Celebrate. Episode 6 — Opening Day

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The new Mills Fleet Farm store in Hermantown, MN, officially opened on August 17, 2016. The first customers passed through the doors at 7 a.m., and there was a steady flow of shoppers in and out of the store throughout the day. Continue reading “THE DIRT PILE SERIES FINALE: Time to Celebrate. Episode 6 — Opening Day”

THE DIRT PILE SERIES: Tying into the grid. Episode 5 — Public Infrastructure

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The 40-acre site of the new Mills Fleet Farm store in Hermantown, MN, has changed dramatically over the past 12 months. The large hill has been reshaped, multiple buildings erected, roads constructed and modified, utilities installed, and a new traffic signal added.

The new store is situated between Westberg Road and Loberg Avenue in the heart of the Hermantown Marketplace. The development of this site presented an ideal opportunity for the City of Hermantown to connect Westberg to Loberg by constructing Market Street, which borders the north end of the project. Continue reading “THE DIRT PILE SERIES: Tying into the grid. Episode 5 — Public Infrastructure”

Missing Link Pilot Project provides full-scale mockup to test street design

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It’s always a good idea to test something before you buy it. Test driving a car is a no-brainer. Putting a few miles on a new pair of running shoes before race day is also a good idea. What if it were possible to test the design of an entire infrastructure project before it was constructed? That’s exactly what’s happening in Alexandria, MN, right now. Continue reading “Missing Link Pilot Project provides full-scale mockup to test street design”

Thompson School Addition Concept Animation

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Video animations are an excellent way for school districts to communicate design intent to staff, students, and the community. Watch WSN’s concept unfold for this rural North Dakota school district’s proposed addition project. In just two-and-a-half-minutes, viewers are treated to a unique experience as they learn about the project.

WSN paves the way for road trip season. Enjoy the ride!

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It’s a perfect night in July — the sun is getting low, the lake is calm, and the temperature is just right. Let’s ride!

Sometimes the best part of the day is spent on the road. No meetings. No worries. Just the wind blowing through your hair and the low hum of the engine. Whether you’re an easy-rider or a road-warrior, WSN roads will get you to your destination safely and comfortably. Continue reading “WSN paves the way for road trip season. Enjoy the ride!”

June’s featured project on your WSN calendar: Broadway Street Reconstruction

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Broadway Street serves Alexandria’s vibrant business community. Preparation for this street reconstruction and utility replacement project began years before construction commenced. The Redesigning of Alexandria’s Downtown (R.O.A.D.) group developed a marketing plan to engage the businesses and the community. Continue reading “June’s featured project on your WSN calendar: Broadway Street Reconstruction”

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”