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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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Fire Restoration: Reconstructing A Business, Not Just A Building

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 8, 2018 9:12:00 AM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in Projects of Distinction, fire restoration, Design Build Construction

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Sanimax took the opportunity to install larger storage tanks, as well as a better floor drainage system following a devastating fire that nearly shut down their operations.

As any business owner knows, the enemies of structures are many: fire, water, wind, pests and age. But, one of the worst is fire.

Our client, Sanimax, discovered that on September 11, 2014. That’s when employees of the Deforest, Wisconsin company returned to the plant to find firefighters still on-site. It had been a long night and fire crews from several municipalities were still tending to a major electrical fire that tore through the building that housed the majority of the company’s grease recycling operations.

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Chula Vista Fire Restoration: A Design and Reconstruction Challenge

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2016 1:53:00 PM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in Design/Build, Chula Vista Resort, fire restoration

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The new Cold Water Canyon Clubhouse was built to replace the existing structure that was destroyed by fire in March of 2014.

Just after dawn on a Saturday in early March of 2014, Mike Kaminski received a call from the head of security at Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells informing him that smoke had been seen coming out of the roof at the Cold Water Canyon Clubhouse. The Clubhouse contained Big Moe's restaurant and the resort's golf course pro shop.

Within a few minutes the Killbourn Fire Department arrived and immediately began fighting the fire, which was now raging in the wood framed building and had spread through the roof. The fire had apparently began in the dining room of Big Moe’s restaurant near a wood burning fireplace.

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