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Minneapolis, MN; May 14, 2019 – Lake City Hospitality LLC, comprised of Eagan-based JR Hospitality and Iowa-based Hawkeye Hotels is partnering with Stahl to convert the vacant office tower and the surrounding site located at 317 Second Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis into a dual-branded Hilton hotel.

The eight-story, neo-classic building will undergo an $18.8 Million renovation and 41,129-square-foot addition. The newly transformed space will feature 201 Tru by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton guestrooms, and ground level and skyway public activations.

Originally built in 1900, the existing 76,000-square-foot building was previously known as the William E. McGee Building. The skyway-connected facility was occupied by Hennepin County’s Office of the Public Defender for over 20 years, but the property has been vacant since 2012. JR Hospitality originally acquired the structure in 2017 before evolving the ownership group to Lake City Hospitality LLC in late 2018.

“We will be building in and around a historic building on a really tight downtown Minneapolis site, so of course I wanted to find a way to make this project work for Jay,” said Jessie Houlihan, President of Stahl. “Over the last few years, urban adaptive reuse, hospitality projects have become an area of specialization for our team and we’re excited to be aligning or multi-family team with the strength behind Lake City Hospitality LLC.”

Stahl has completed over 1,500 wood-frame units, totaling over 1.2 million-square-feet, and nearly $140 million of multi-unit construction projects in the past 10 years. The Lake City Hospitality team has developed a number of hotels across the Twin Cities suburbs, with this project being their first venture in downtown Minneapolis.

“We are focused on unique expansion opportunities and this development is no exception,” said Jay Bhakta, Managing Partner at JR Hospitality. “After successfully navigating a number of obstacles associated with the project, we are eager to revitalize this 1900s building and bring the Hilton dual brand concept to the market. With their widespread experience in hospitality and adaptive reuse projects, and their innate motivation to positively impact the communities in which they work, Stahl has been a key partner in making this project a reality.”

Stahl and Lake City Hospitality LLC have partnered with architect firm Ramaker & Associates, Inc. for the hotel project.

Construction will start spring of 2019 and is scheduled for completion by May 2020

Stahl will convert the vacant office tower located at 317 Second Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis into a dual-branded Hilton hotel. (Rendering courtesy of Ramaker & Associates, Inc.)

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About Stahl
Stahl provides professional consulting; development; general contracting, construction management, design / build, and IPD construction services. We focus on the process of evolving the built environment to create lasting good and ensure our partners find comprehensive success.

For more information, visit www.stahlconstruction.com

Contact
Lisa Thiel
Director of Marketing & Corporate Development
Stahl
952-767-2104
lthiel@stahlconstruction.com

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Surcharge

A surcharge is a weight load which is placed on the surface of soil to cause lateral pressure. It is used to improve the weak compressible earth and provide a more sturdy, stable ground for construction. Some examples of a surcharge load include embankments, construction equipment, adjacent structures, and material stockpiles and railroads.

During the surcharge process, monitor plates are used to examine the rate of settlement and compute the time required for a surcharge load to cause the necessary level of settlement.

Fun Fact
The basic soil pressure needed can be calculated using the equation below:

sh=KQ

Here, S h is horizontal soil pressure caused by surcharge, K is the lateral soil pressure coefficient caused by surcharge, and Q is the uniform surcharge applied to the backfill of the surface wall.

Stahl used an embankment surcharge load at the new 135,000-square-foot Army National Guard Readiness Center site in Arden Hills, MN to improve the soil conditions.

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Sealant

Sealant is a substance that helps to prevent the passage of air, dust, fluids, or other items through an opening or surface. They can vary in flexibility, strength, and permanence to meet any functionality.

In order to accommodate structural and thermal changes, there are various types of sealants used in commercial application. Some common types of sealants include polyurethane, latex, acrylic, and epoxy.
Fun Fact
Mud was the first form of a sealant and its use dates to prehistory. It was used along with grass and reeds to seal dwellings from the weather.

Stahl will use nonsag gunnable and self-leveling pourable joint sealants throughout the entire new 55,000-square-foot Kirkendall Public Library in Ankeny, IA. Their functionality will include sealing brick-work, flooring, tiling, and windows.

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Rebar

Rebar, short for reinforcing bar, is a steel bar that is used to reinforce concrete. Concrete has strong compression strength, but weak tensile strength. The rebar is used as a tension device to increase the concrete’s tensile strength, providing more stability to a structure. 


Fun Fact
In the 18th Century, a cast iron rebar was used in the Leaning Tower of Nevyansk in Russia. Due to the high quality of steel used, there has not been any corrosion on the rebars to this day. Additionally, the embedded rebars in the structure were not recognized for their greatness until the mid-19th Century, which led to the development of modernized reinforced concrete.


Stahl used steel rebars to reinforce the large concrete walls at new 135,000-square-foot Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arden Hills, MN.

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Remediation

Remediation is a technique used to remove contaminants from an environmental media (i.e. soil, water, sediment). Contaminants can negatively impact human health and the environment; therefore, the act of removing them stops the damage and revitalizes the project site. 


Fun Fact
There are over 60 different approaches that can be implemented in remediation worldwide. Selecting the best approach depends on the contaminant, size, and purpose of the site.


Stahl’s eco-friendly, multi-use ‘Via Sol’ project with PLACE is currently undergoing remediation of the soil at the jobsite. The project team received the DEED Grant for environmental remediation to complete the work.

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POSTED JANUARY 2019 BY Mortarr

Earned, not given. We’re proud to announce we won the Buzzworthy Awarrd at the Mortarr Awarrds MMXIX! The Stahl team is passionate about “stirring up buzz” for our community-impact projects, and we are thrilled to be recognized for these efforts.

See why we were honored alongside other talented industry leaders: https://www.forum.mortarr.com/buzzworthy

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Spandrel

A spandrel is the triangular space between the outermost part of an arch and the framework. Usually found in pairs, the architectural element can be found on arches, bridges, domes, and doorways. Ornate spandrels are most commonly found in grand architecture from the medieval period onwards and incorporate decorative elements into a structure.


Fun Fact
Traditionally, spandrels were completely filled with masonry until the use of steel and reinforced concrete in the 19th and 20th Centuries.


At Providence Academy’s Performing Arts Center, the stage is framed by blue and gold decorated spandrels. Stahl completed this technologically-advanced facility in May of 2017, and it became the first all LED performance theater in the Twin Cities.

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Mock-up Room

A mock-up room is a single, full-sized model built within a multi-unit facility, such as a hotel or multi-family apartment building that is used as an example for the expanded team to review, adjust and utilize as a template for further construction. The prototype is meant to test the functionality, design, and constructability of the unit before the design is applied to the remaining units in the building.

A two-phased review is often used so adjustments can be made before the entire building is built out. During the rough in mock-up the framework of the unit is exposed and allows the team to consider electrical, plumbing and backing. The second phase is a finished mock-up where the team can review all of the finishes from material installation, layout, style, and staging of the room.


Fun Fact
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulates many elements in the built environment to ensure the resulting facilities are accessible to people of all abilities. In hospitality and multi-family projects, items to pay special attention to include the location of grab bar and door frame widths. Compliance with these regulations can be confirmed in a mock-up room, should you select an ADA room to serve as the mock-up for the project.


Left: A rough mock-up room at AC Hotel by Marriott in Bloomington, MN shows the framework of the final hotel room design. The Stahl team built simple wood objects to illustrate where furniture would reside in the room, enabling the owner group to fully consider functionality of their decisions. Right: A finished mock-up room at the Hyatt Place in downtown Minneapolis displays the choice in decorations, flooring, furniture, lighting, and paint color.

 

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Ankeny, IA; November 13, 2018 Stahl was awarded the construction management contract for the new Ankeny Elementary School located in the Prairie Trail development. Construction of the $20 million, single story, 101,403-square-foot elementary school will begin March 2019.

District officials proposed the eleventh elementary school for the Ankeny Community School District due to recent and consistent growth in the area by approximately 400 students per year. The new school will have capacity for 750 students ranging in age from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Stahl will provide pre-construction and construction management services and work alongside frk architects + engineers to build the new state-of-the-art school. The elementary school is expected to be completed by June 2020, in time for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

“The project team is eager to partner with frk architects + engineers once again to create an incredible school for Ankeny CSD,” said David Dominguez, Stahl’s Director of Project Management, Iowa. “Stahl deeply values education and we are proud that our work enriches the lives of students, faculty, and the District through the built environment.”

“Ankeny Schools is committed to providing excellent facilities for all students,” said Tim Simpkins, Ankeny Schools Director of Construction. “We look forward to partnering with Stahl Construction, who also worked with us on the Ankeny Centennial High School project as we pursue this goal.”

Funding for the school came from an $18 million bond referendum approved by the community in February 2018.


Photo Caption: Rendering courtesy of frk architects + engineers.

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About Stahl
Stahl provides professional consulting; development; general contracting, construction management, design / build, and IPD construction services. We focus on the process of evolving the built environment to create lasting good and ensure our partners find comprehensive success.

For more information, visit www.stahlconstruction.com

Contact
Lisa Thiel
Director of Marketing & Corporate Development
Stahl
952-767-2104
lthiel@stahlconstruction.com

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Johnston, IA; November 1, 2018  Stahl began construction on the baseball and softball field addition for Johnston Community School District in August 2018. The new fields, located next to Johnston Middle School and Wallace Elementary School, will feature fully accessible bleachers, digital scoreboards, and press boxes.

Stahl was hired as the construction manager in June 2018 for the $4 million sports field addition, which is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2019.

Additionally, Stahl will transform the former Wallace Elementary School into the Johnston Administrative Building. The 36,305-square-foot building will undergo interior and exterior renovations starting November 2018 and is scheduled to be completed by Summer 2019.

Stahl has been a proud partner of Johnston CSD since 2014. Over the past four years, Stahl built the new 369,000-square-foot Johnston High School and its track and football field complex, transformed the former high school into a middle school, and most recently transformed the former middle school into the new Wallace Elementary School and Johnston Early Learning Academy, which opened in August for the 2018-2019 school year.

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About Stahl
Stahl provides professional consulting; development; general contracting, construction management, design / build, and IPD construction services. We focus on the process of evolving the built environment to create lasting good and ensure our partners find comprehensive success.

For more information, visit www.stahlconstruction.com

Contact
Lisa Thiel
Director of Marketing & Corporate Development
Stahl
952-767-2104
lthiel@stahlconstruction.com

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