Old Moorhead Power Plant

Moorhead Power Plant

In 2007, the city of Moorhead, Minnesota was faced with the reality that their power plant was nearing the end of its lifespan. For more than 100 years, the Old Moorhead Power Plant, a former 37-megawatt, base load coal plant retrofitted with a diesel fuel power source and used as an emergency/peaking plant, provided the community with power and electricity. Eventually, due to changes in how the city provided its residents with power, it became more cost-effective for the city to purchase power off of the grid than produce it. In addition to the inefficiency of the old power plant,...

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The Terraces at Douglas Center

Terraces at Douglas Center

Located in the heart of Dallas' Preston Center submarket is the new 12-story, class A office tower, the Terraces at Douglas Center. Named for the upper floor balconies featuring an open view of North Dallas, the new office tower boasts a fresh, contemporary design and a LEED Silver certification. Braun Intertec provided construction materials testing and special inspections for this project, which involved construction of this massive 12-story building over a two-level basement parking garage, composed of concrete structural elements and a structural steel framed roof level area. To help reinforce the foundation system, the team selected post-tension concrete slabs with...

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University of Minnesota Main Energy Plant

University of Minnesota combined heat and power plant

In 2012 the University of Minnesota decided to resurrect the Old Main Heating Plant, a steam generating plant constructed in 1912 on the site of a former limestone quarry on the banks of the Mississippi River, into something new and innovative. Over its decades of use, the facility had undergone several renovations to address the growth of the university. However, the Old Main Heating Plant’s latest iteration would be the most impressive: retrofitting an outdated steam plant that once used seven coal and gas-fired boilers to generate steam into an efficient, state-of-the-art, combined heat and power plant. With the installation...

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Watford City High School

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Located at the center of the fastest growing county in the United States, Watford City, North Dakota was in desperate need for new education facilities following the boom of the Bakken oil fields. With the rapid growth, McKenzie County School District put forth an aggressive plan to build a state-of-the-art high school and event center that would meet the current and future needs of the school district. Having worked on numerous k-12 project in North Dakota such as Erik Ramstad Middle School in Minot and Prairie Rose Elementary in Dickinson, Braun Intertec was called to help solve the unique challenges...

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700 Central

700 Central

Central Avenue is the dividing line between northeast and southeast Minneapolis. It was along this important commercial artery, at 700 Central, that McLeod and Smith decided to build a new four-story, timber-frame headquarters in 1897 and a five-floor reinforced-concrete addition in 1909. By the early twenty-first century, the property was vacant, a blight on a prominent corner of a neighborhood in transition. Thankfully, Nolan Properties Group and Bader Development recognized the potential of this site, purchased the building and vacant lot out of foreclosure, listed the property in the National Register of Historic Places, and, with the aid of historic...

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Red Rock Hydroelectric Dam

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Iowa’s largest lake, Lake Red Rock, is a popular recreation destination located in Marion County. Known for its crappie fishing and camp grounds, Lake Red Rock will now also be known as a source for renewable energy. Built in the 1960s, the Red Rock Dam controls the water flow between Lake Red Rock and the Des Moines River. In 2014, Missouri River Energy and the Army Corps of Engineers kicked-off a plan to retrofit the Red Rock dam into a 36.4-Megawatt (MW) hydroelectric dam, to further diversify Iowa’s energy grid. With the immense scale and complexity of the retrofit project...

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U.S. Bank Stadium

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Home to the Minnesota Vikings, the massive U.S. Bank Stadium cuts a unique facade on the Downtown Minneapolis skyline. Completed in 2016, U.S. Bank Stadium replaced the aging Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, giving Minnesotans a state-of-the-art multi-purpose facility for sporting events, concerts, family programs, and community events. In May 2012, Minnesota hopefuls were delighted by the news they were getting a new stadium. The legislation called for the construction of a nearly $1 billion stadium that would occupy 1.75 million square-feet on the same site as the Metrodome. The design of the new stadium was innovative in every sense of...

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A-Mill Artist Lofts

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Rising above the century-old cobblestones of Saint Anthony Main Street stands the historic Pillsbury A-Mill; an impressive reminder of Minneapolis’s origins and the landmark structure from which “Mill City,” and the surrounding metropolitan area of 3 million, would eventually spring forth. The A-Mill, built in 1880, produced flour until 2003, when operations were shut down. In 2011, the National Trust for Historic Preservation included the mill on its list of ‘11 Most Endangered Places.’ However, recent trends renewed interest in Minneapolis’ urban core and spurred new demand for affordable housing. This provided an opportunity to reuse the Pillsbury A-Mill in...

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New Horizon Academy

New Horizon Academy

New Horizon Academy is a nationally acclaimed childcare and daycare center for infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-age children. New Horizon's Penn Avenue facility was specifically identified because of its location within the Northside Achievement Zone, a densely populated area with many young children and few options for high-quality early education providers. One of the Northside Achievement Zone’s many strategic initiatives is to increase the percentage of school readiness for the children living in the area. The project presented complex design challenge due to the nature of the site. With the small size of the parcel, there was limited space to accommodate the anticipated...

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North Dakota State University – Living Learning Center West

NDSU Life Learning Center

An expanding student population at North Dakota State University (NDSU) prompted school administrators to evaluate the existing housing and build the Living Learning Center West. The Living Learning Center West is a 73,937 square foot, apartment-style residential high-rise, which also contains classroom space. We were hired by NDSU to provide construction materials testing and nondestructive examination on the new structure. Working under a tight schedule to complete the project, our engineers and technicians were able to quickly mobilize the necessary technical expertise to troubleshoot problems as they arose, and provide timely turnaround on the testing of onsite soils and concrete. Part of...

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