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From Concept to Completion: Tenant Build-out and Office Remodel

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 4, 2019 10:51:00 AM / by Friede & Associates posted in renovation, tenant build-out, office remodel

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Over the last decade, Friede & Associates has been fortunate to continue to grow exponentially, completing projects that we surely could not have handled 10 years ago. We have truly embodied our slogan “We Do Weird Well,” as we have embarked on some of the most creative, innovative and, at times, nearly impossible projects and brought them to life for our astonished clients.

Because of this, it becomes all too easy to conclude that if a project does not feature a four-story water slide, a swim-up bar, or a glass bridge constructed high above Northwoods trees and wildlife, then Friede & Associates would not be interested. On the contrary, a fair portion of our projects each year consist of simple tenant build-outs or office remodels. We are, however, equally as skilled with less complex work and are just as excited to make your dream restaurant, office or retail shop a reality as we are to take on our “weird” projects.

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Sharing and Learning with the Best and Brightest in our Industry

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 23, 2019 7:35:00 AM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in leadership

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For nearly two decades, I was a member of an elite group of construction entrepreneurs from the U.S. and Canada who came together twice each year to present to each other and share war stories. That group—the Jack Miller Network—was a place where I learned how to streamline our business procedures and got help solving problems from other general contractors who had “been there, done that.”

When Jack Miller passed away in early 2016, I was part of a group of 21 members that gathered in Chicago to plan the future of the organization. It was there that the idea of the Construction Leadership Network (CLN) came to fruition.  CLN was formed on the same principles as the Jack Miller Network—bringing together top construction leaders and their key personnel to exchange ideas and share best practices to improve the industry, themselves and their organizations. I firmly believe we become better contractors by learning from others, and our peers become better contractors by learning from us. A rising tide lifts all ships.

In addition to staying connected throughout the year using online tools, members meet every winter to share, learn and build together. We have met twice in Dallas, once in Tampa and most recently in Tucson, Arizona. 

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Local Projects of Distinction Honored by ABC-Wisconsin

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 23, 2019 5:30:00 AM / by Friede & Associates posted in Projects of Distinction

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Pictured here, from left to right: Vintage Brewing Company’s Trent Kraemer and Brittany Kraemer, Friede Project Manager Ethan Kent, Ramaker’ & Associates’ James Kaiser and Amanda Bartelson, Vintage’s Cathy Kraemer and Mark Kraemer and Friede Superintendent Marv Bengtson accept the Gold Award for the new Vintage Brewing Company in Sauk City.

Each year, we dust off the trophy case and make room for more Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Projects of Distinction Awards, and this year was no different. The Friede Team earned six awards for local projects and, for the seventh straight year, we were awarded the ABC-Wisconsin Built On Merit Award.

Projects from contractors throughout the state were judged in a rigorous process by a panel of construction experts based on a number of criteria, including safety, quality, owner satisfaction, execution and coordination, budgeting, difficulty, unusual challenges and overall distinctiveness.

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Building the Ultimate Spa: Sundara Woodland Retreats & Quiet Room

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 12, 2019 7:23:00 PM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in Lake Delton, Sundara Woodland Retreats, Wilderness Resort

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Friede & Associates had the recent opportunity to add to what we—and our client and their guests—believe is the ultimate Midwestern spa. When Sundara Inn & Spa at the Wilderness Resort in Lake Delton opened 15 years ago, it quickly became one of the true gems in the state of Wisconsin. Rated not only one of the top spas in the Midwest and the U.S., it also ranks one of the top spa destinations in the world by the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine. Our recent work there involved the new construction of woodland retreats and a quiet room designed to build on that legacy.

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Friede & Associates Brings Popular New Brewery to Sauk City, Wisconsin

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 28, 2019 7:48:00 PM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in microbrewery, Restaurant construction

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If there’s a trend criss-crossing the country, it’s the growing popularity and ubiquity of craft breweries. Nearly 1,000 new breweries opened in 2017 and the numbers for 2018 have remained steady. Friede & Associates joined the party in 2018 with the construction of the new, 26,000-square-foot Vintage Brewing Company Sauk Prairie that opened in January 2018.

The Vintage Brewing Company joins two other locations in Madison, Wisconsin and is one of the latest additions to the state’s growing craft beer scene.

The facility features panoramic views of the Wisconsin River, 40 tap lines in the main bar, and a posh 250-seat wedding and banquet facility. Plus, it’s expected to “pave the way for a hotel, bring more business to the village’s downtown, and draw customers from Madison, Wisconsin Dells, and nearby Devil’s Lake State Park, which drew nearly 3 million visitors last year,” noted the Wisconsin State Journal.

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Friede Completes Chula Vista Resort Fire Restoration

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 16, 2019 6:12:00 AM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in Wisconsin Dells, Chula Vista Resort, fire restoration

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One of the more violent storms to hit central Wisconsin during the summer of 2017 resulted in one of the more distinctive projects of the year for Friede & Associates.

On the evening of July 19, 2017, witnesses reported that a strong thunderstorm had passed through the area, and waterpark guests recalled being startled by a loud noise from the roof.  An hour later, a guest at the resort noticed flames coming from the top of the building’s parapet wall. Firefighters from the Kilbourn Fire Department arrived and quickly scaled the 60-foot walls. There they found one of the walls ablaze and noticed substantial damage to the adjoining roof area. They extinguished the fire and left the resort.

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Extensive Renovations Revitalize Nelson Agri-Center True Value Store

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 5, 2018 11:21:00 AM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in Design/Build, renovation and construction, Viroqua

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Oscar Wilde once said "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Well, if that’s the case, then the owners of the newly-renovated Nelson Agri-Center True Value in Viroqua, Wisconsin should be flattered by what their customers were asking for.  In 2015, Friede & Associates designed and constructed the award-winning Nelson True Value in Prairie du Chein for owners Mark Brueggen and Dan Kanis. No sooner had we completed their new retail building that both staff and patrons of their Viroqua location started asking for a similar upgrade. So, in the beginning of Fall 2016, with the help of our design-build partners Shulfer Architects, plans were developed to transform an aging retail store into a bright, modern space. 

Substantial renovations were going to be required at the Agri-Center in Viroqua to match the overall aesthetic of the Prairie du Chien location. The Friede team started indoors by removing inoperable overhead mechanical equipment and installing white acoustic ceiling panels. The exposed steel beams were painted white, new electrical fixtures were added and new windows were installed to create more natural lighting. Suspended signs were also removed to further enhance the open feel of the retail store.

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Construction Update: Kalahari Resorts Conference Center

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 28, 2018 7:35:00 PM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in Wisconsin Dells, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, construction management

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The Friede & Associates team recently completed the site work and has begun the next stage in a multi-phase plan to more than double the footprint of Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Conference Center in The Wisconsin Dells. The existing conference facility will be expanded to more than 200,000 square feet to make room for additional meeting and banquet spaces.

Early last year, we began working closely with Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Architectural Design Consultants, Inc. (ADCI) and Vierbicher Associates to plan and design this $35 million project.

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What Factor Influences Construction Costs the Most?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2018 10:43:00 AM / by Friede & Associates posted in Design Build Construction, construction cost

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There are many factors that influence the cost of construction. Some are obvious: land acquisition, permits and construction costs. Then there are the future costs or life-cycle costs to consider: maintenance, repair, replacement—the cost of keeping the facility and its systems up and running.

One of the most effective ways to control construction costs is to establish early involvement on behalf of the owner AND the contractor. This may seem obvious, but under the traditional method of construction delivery, the owner commissions an architect or engineer to prepare drawings and specifications, then separately selects a contractor by negotiation or competitive bidding at a later stage in the project’s development.

This can present a number of problems for the owner.

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A Transformed Therapy Without Walls Project Wins Top Award

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 28, 2018 10:47:00 AM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in renovation, tenant build-out

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There was no magic involved, but our clients at Therapy Without Walls in Reedsburg, Wisconsin reacted as though there might have been. That’s because the Friede team began with a big, old red barn and magically transformed it into an inviting, new office space.

As a result, Therapy Without Walls’ new facility earned 2017 Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Project of Distinction honors, earning the Gold Award in the Restoration & Renovation category. The project involved the remodeling of a 5,200-square-foot former bargain furniture store to accommodate offices, therapy rooms, meditation rooms, a large break room, and a dual-purpose conference room.

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