Soo Line City Luxury Apartments glass skypark and pool door opens to panoramic rooftop birdseye view
A classic 20 ft. x 11.6 ft. Schweiss Bifold liftstrap glass designer door was put on the 19th floor of the Soo Line Apartment building. It opens up to a pool and skypark where any of the residents of the 254 units can utilize the patio space at their leisure.
Schweiss Doors now has many more friends in high places. A prime example of this is a luxurious residential project completed in downtown Minneapolis, where a Schweiss bifold liftstrap glass designer door was installed on the 19th floor of the Soo Line Apartment building in conjunction with a massive renovation project that has 254 units and includes 42 floor plan options - from studios to penthouses.
Soo Line Apartment sizes range from 450 sq. ft. to 1,500 sq. ft., and boast 10'6" to 24' ceilings. The building's retail space plans include many amenities.
What was once a historic office building has now been transformed into luxury apartments for intercity residents. Residents of this rental apartment complex, located on the corner of Marquette Avenue and 5th Street near Hennepin Avenue, adjacent to the Nicollet Mall Light Rail Station can now open the door to an open air outdoor sky park with outdoor lounge and indoor/outdoor rooftop pool and hot tub. The outdoor relaxation area gives birdseye stunning panoramic views of downtown and not far away is Target Field, where the Minnesota Twins baseball team plays.
The Schweiss bifold door was lifted to the 19th floor using a tower crane which was being used for the restoration of the historic 100-year-old building.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building received the National Association of Home Builder's Green Building Standard designation in part because of its new energy-efficient heating and cooling system. In its heyday, the Soo Line featured glimmering marble floors, mahogany trim and an ornately carved ceiling in a second-floor banking hall with 20-foot ceilings and arch-topped windows. It opened 100 years ago in 1915 as the First National Bank and was once the tallest office building to light the downtown Minneapolis skyline.
So how do you go about getting a 2,300 lb. custom-made 20' x 11' 6" bifold door up 19 floors? It takes a tall tower crane. Schweiss Doors had to meet a critical time frame so that the crane being used by Frana Companies for the apartment remodeling project could be used to lift the door to the top of the building. The bifold liftstrap door is windrated to 90 mph, and has electric photo eye sensors and had to be engineered to meet glass deflection.
The glass bifold door overlooking the Minneapolis skyline is windrated at 90 mph and has electric photo eye sensors. An outdoor patio with comfortable lounge chairs gets used a lot by apartment residents.
Village Green, one of the nation's largest developers, owners and managers of luxury apartments, purchased the historic Soo Line Building and hired Boarman Kroos Volgel (BKV) Architectural Group and Frana Companies of Hopkins as general contractor to transform it into a contemporary, mixed-use apartment and retail complex. The renovation covered a year's time span.
This historic office building is located in the downtown Minneapolis Central Business District which connects to over seven miles of Skyway, business, culture, dining, entertainment and boutique shopping. This includes a three-story, boutique, hotel-style lobby with spiral staircase, restaurant/bar with outdoor seating, gourmet specialty market with wine bar and private dining room, state-of-the-art fitness center, Sky Park with outdoor lounge, fire pit, entertainment bar, private dining, and stunning panoramic views including an indoor/outdoor rooftop pool and hot tub, indoor Sky Club with lounge seating, fireplace and gourmet kitchen, on-site dry cleaning/ laundry services. There is also personal concierge services and direct access to park and trail recreation along the Mississippi River.
BKV architect, Mike Krych, who led the design team, said the building had undergone some bad renovations over the years and had lost much of its elegance. Throughout the design and construction phase, the project team spent a lot of time getting the details right, working closely with Minnesota's State Historic Preservation Office to make sure that each choice met the intent of the historic project.
When closed the bifold glass door seals weathertight, yet provides an excellent view outside. The outdoor patio area is just a step or two away from the indoor pool and hot tub.
BKV and Frana also salvaged much of the historic material that had been damaged in the Soo Line Building, including marble flooring, wood trim and cornice work, a coffered ceiling on the second floor, and terrazzo floors within the main lobby areas.
Their impressive work led them to be named a finalist for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's Best in Real Estate award for 2014.
Division 8 Products, Inc. was in charge of ordering the Schweiss Bifold liftstrap designer door for the upper-level pool and lounge area. All the glass work and installation was done by Division 8, a newly incorporated company setup to primarily manufacture and fabricate architectural aluminum products. It was born from Division 8 Fab., Inc. a commercial contract glazing and custom fabrication company with an excellent business reputation.
Boarman Kroos Vogel Group (BKV Group) is a full-service architectural firm founded in 1978 with over 100 cross-disciplinary, team-focused experts. A combination of insight, innovation, and inspiration provides clients architectural solutions for all of their building projects.
As creative design professionals, they engage clients in the process of creating enduring designs that enhance the environment while providing responsiveness and flexibility to client's needs.
BKV Group's historic team works to identify building characteristics that it wants to preserve or restore. Then it ensures that the finished project meets accessibility, green energy-saving measures and fire safety code requirements while maintaining the structure's integrity and aesthetics.
The Schweiss bifold designer door can be left partially open to provide ventilation to the inside of the pool room.
They have grown from a sole proprietorship into a diverse partnership with offices in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Washington, DC serving clients nationwide. BKV Group is an established leader in four primary practice areas-community development, corporate, education and government.
BKV Group maintains an attention to detail and commitment to design quality which has earned national recognition, numerous awards, and citation for design excellence, including National Honor Awards of the American Institute of Architects.
For more information on BKV visit their website at bkvgroup.com or call them at 612-339-3752. They're located in Minneapolis at 222 North Second St.
When open, the bifold door provides an awning on the outside of the building.
Village Green was founded in 1919 in Detroit. Today the award-winning company manages over $4 billion in assets, approximately 40,000 units in 130 communities with offices in Baltimore/Washington DC, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Toronto.
One of its signature elements is a swimming pool or community room incorporating large retractable glass doors for creating dramatic indoor/outdoor spaces. For more information about the company, visit their website at www.villagegreen.com
Frana Companies, General Contractor
Frana Companies was founded and incorporated in 1977. Their corporate office is located in Hopkins, MN and their construction yard and pre-fabrication wall plant is in Rosemount, MN.
Frana was founded by Gary Frana in 1977 and, from the beginning, their goal was to be the best in the business at what we did. Peter Donnino, a Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Minnesota, joined the firm in 1983 as a Project Coordinator and is now President and CEO.
Frana has been selected to manage a wide variety of building projects that range from 15-story poured concrete condominium towers to 300-unit townhome communities to complex interior renovations. They are recognized as a major builder of privately financed and government-funded multi-family housing and have directed the construction of more than 15,000 multi-family units representing over $1 billion in construction volume across the Upper Midwest and have directed the construction of more than 15,000 multi-family units representing over $1 billion in construction volume across the Upper Midwest.
Frana Companies is located at 633 Second Avenue South, Hopkins, Minnesota 55343 and can be reached by calling 952-935-8600.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the office building which housed the First National Bank went through an extensive restoration process incorporating the old with the new.
Division 8 Products
Division 8 Products, Inc. was born from Division 8 Fab., Inc. a commercial contract glazing and custom fabrication company with an excellent business reputation, owned by Tim Michel and Eric Goodman. Michel and Goodman had been doing business as a partnership for approximately nine years prior and as business grew, incorporated more than five years ago. One project, the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, exceeded $1,300,000.00 in fabrication and glazing and the Army Aviation Support Facility another $900,000.00.
Ned Albert worked with McDonald's developing panelized building programs for the past 14 years. With his multiple project, national and international construction management background, he joined the team of Michel and Goodman to form the new privately held Division 8 Products, Inc. company.
Division 8 Products, based out of Frederic, Wisconsin, is an excellent alternative as a supplier for glazing contractors and general contractors for new or replacement jobs. They can supply glazing needs for just about any application through accounts they have at the largest aluminum window manufacturers and glass fabricators in the region. They also provide value-added glass products for commercial and military applications.
Major products and associated suppliers in Division 8 include: Glass for tempered, laminated, insulated, Spandrel and silk screened glass, all-glass doors and entrances. Point Supported Systems for domestic and overseas architectural markets. Aluminum Products (currently representing EFCO, TRACO, Kawneer, and others). Division 8 also supplies windows, curtain walls, storefronts, entrances, framing systems and specializes in products for thermal efficiency and sustainability to hurricane and blast resistance. Their expertise throughout the Upper Midwest and state-of-the-art equipment assures your job will be done right, when you need it.
They are located at 409 Wisconsin Ave S, Frederic, WI 54837. Phone (715) 327-4660. Division 8 Company, Inc. also has a location at 8260 Arthur Street, Suite F in Spring Lake Park, MN, Ph. 651-458-4098.
When the building opened 100 years ago it was the tallest office building to light the downtown Minneapolis skyline. It is located at the corner of Marquette Avenue and 5th Street.
So how do you go about getting a 2,300 lb. custom-made 20' x 11' 6" bifold door up 19 floors? It takes a tall tower crane. Schweiss Doors had to meet a critical time frame so that the crane being used by Frana Companies for the apartment remodeling project could be used to lift the door to the top of the building. The bifold liftstrap door is windrated to 90 mph, and has electric photo eye sensors and had to be engineered to meet glass deflection. Read More And See A lot More
The large 93.9 ft. wide x 34.9 ft. tall bifold door installed on a new steel hangar was designed for Category 4 windload and heavier cladding. If was fitted with full safety features which included autolatches, strap tension sensors, top overrides, photo eye sensors, bottom safety edge and internal and external beacon/sounders. One dozen liftstraps, rated to carry 29,000 lbs. each, easily lift and lower the heavy 93.9 ft. all-steel frame 20,000 lb. door. Read More And See A lot More
If architecture is your vocation, why not use your skills to revamp your own hangar? That's what Dennis Yates, AIA, of YCH Architects in Concord, North Carolina decided to do when time came for it to get a new door in place. His dual purpose 40 x 60 ft hangar/storage building is big enough to house two planes with room to spare for a workshop and general-use storage for his practice. A strong Schweiss hydraulic 39 ft. x 11 ft. 4.75" custom made door is mounted to a reinforced door surround that is about 48 ft. wide at the front. Read More And See A lot More
When Belgian Airforce military personnel at Aerodrome Beauvechain needed reliable doors for their new helicopter hangars they went with the quality bifold straplift door offered by Schweiss Doors Europe in the UK. "It was a great honour to have been chosen to supply these doors to the Belgian military; they are the first Schweiss Europe has installed in Belgium despite installing hundreds of doors throughout the EU," said David Naylor, owner of Schweiss Doors Europe. Read More And See A lot More
Hower ordered a 45 ft. 11 inch x 14 ft. 11 inch Schweiss bifold liftstrap hangar door which gives him a 12 ft. 5 inch clear opening height for his Cessna 195. He learned about Schweiss bifold and hydraulic doors through various publications, but while at the Oshkosh Air Show he overheard another person comment on how he liked his Schweiss bifold liftstrap door. "The strap system is simply the only way to go and the best system by far," said Hower, a retired dentist. "I heard a man at Oshkosh tell your agent that he loved his liftstrap door. That influenced my decision. Read More And See A lot More
JT Strange and his family are in the process of building their new home alongside their just finished hangar in the Obannon Creek Aerodrome Airpark located in Goshen, Ohio. The newly-built hangar needed a big 45 ft. x 15 ft. 11" door for his Cessna 182T, which he also uses for business in nearby Milford, Ohio. Read More And See A lot More
You might say that Dr. Michael Stephens, a dentist since 1968 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, is enjoying the twilight of his profession. He also makes the most of his time off hobby hitting the race track. Racing is normally known as a young man's game, but Stephens, age 72, says he slowed down to get into a faster mode of racing - drag racing. Read More And See A lot More
John Stasny of Silverdale, Washington decided awhile back that he had enough of the four sliding doors on his hangar home. After a bunch of research, which included checking out door manufacturers, periodicals and talking to other pilots and friends he decided a Schweiss hydraulic one piece door was the only way to go. Read More And See A lot More
Irishspan Industries of Alfred, Maine bills itself as New England's Quality Source of Steel Buildings. They are fast becoming a prime installer and promoter of Schweiss hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors as well. [Their] most recent project was modifying an existing steel hangar for Marine Home Center of Nantucket, Mass to accommodate a large Schweiss straplift bifold door. Read More And See A lot More
The architect and a project coordinator from China assigned to this lavish hotel wanted to see firsthand the workings of Schweiss Doors, so they boarded a plane in the middle of the winter to tour the Minnesota factory where their three doors were built. What they saw here, along with the information provided on the Schweiss website, reaffirmed them without a doubt that Schweiss Doors craftsmanship was up to their stringent standards. Read More And See A lot More
House of Air is an indoor trampoline park located in a historic airplane hangar at West Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco, California, not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. What used to house high-flying aircraft, now houses hundreds of energetic youth-minded people, some of whom can now exercise a different style of high flight. Read More And See A lot More
There's nothing much more frustrating than when you discover someone scratched or rubbed against your vehicle or aircraft because it was parked too close to another while in storage. This is what John Obradovich, owner of All Inside Storage of Indio, California, describes as "Hangar Rash." Read More And See A lot More
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada is a 80,000 population town projected to grow to approximately 98,000 by 2026. Located north of the city of Toronto, it is part of the York Region and Golden Horseshoe of Southern Ontario. Due to these growing pains Newmarket was overdue for a new municipal operations building. For many years, the town of Newmarket's Public Works Services, including operations (water, roads, snow removal) and parks and property maintenance, had been operating out of three buildings at two existing facilities for years. Read More And See A lot More
Such is the case at SilverWing at Sandpoint. This unique fly-in airpark community, set between Schweitzer Ski Mountain and Lake Pend Oreille, one of the West's largest lakes in northern Idaho, spans over 18 acres adjacent to the Sandpoint, Idaho public airport. This airpark has been in development since land was purchased in 2007. Now, several years later, the airpark is ready for people to move in. Read More And See A lot More
Active organizations have a way of getting things done - done on time, done on budget and done with the help of individuals and the community they live in. The worldwide Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has EAA Chapter 1210 of Biddeford, Maine in its ranks. Although relatively small they are non-the-less definitely an active "get it done" organization. Read More And See A lot More
Dryden, Ontario, Canada, is where the rugged beauty of Ontario meets the bright lights of city life. It is a vibrant urban community surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the boreal forest, freshwater lakes and spectacular vistas. The settlement was founded as an agricultural community by John Dryden, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture in 1895. Read More And See A lot More
Aviation Experts SARL is an established 15-year-old French aviation maintenance business and aerial photo survey and mapping business that services not only France and Europe but is called out to far reaching overseas locations. Its hangar and base of operations is located in Nangis, a 7,500 population commune in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France north-central region of France, approximately an hours drive south of Paris. Read More And See A lot More
The headline is a bit ambiguous, but it sure sounds good. In all actuality, there really are Schweiss Hydraulic one piece doors on the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame - they were installed there, not formally inducted, and are for functional applications, not for sporting accolades. Just the same it's still an honor for them to be in this new and long awaited sports complex where visitors from all over the world come to pay homage to their Louisiana... Read More And See A lot More
Schweiss designer doors have gone on numerous exclusive hotels stretching from China to Europe. The latest to join this elite group is the Club Quarters Grand Central Hotel on Lexington Avenue, downtown New York City. Read More And See A lot More
Words on the Nine Fine Irishmen pub website point out: "We Didn't Just Import Irish - We Imported The Whole Damn Country." Inspired by a group of nine famous men who fought for Irish independence, to some, they were patriotic heroes. To others, traitorous rebels. But, on to the story... Read More And See A lot More
A 60 ft. bifold door isn't the biggest door by far ever built by Schweiss Doors, but just the same it's one heck of a big door. Shane Kellogg of Forest, Ohio needed a big door like this on his farm plus three other 40 ft. doors to store his farm equipment and his award winning pulling truck and semi that he uses to haul it to shows. Read More And See A lot More
Bifold doors keep getting better thanks to Schweiss Doors. With proven Lift Straps and Auto Latches the door travels up faster and smoother. Say no to cables! Schweiss Patented Lifts Straps are the latest and greatest improvements to bifold doors that have been around for years... Bifold Doors just keep getting Better! Read More And See A lot More
Schweiss boathouse doors have a reputation of showing up at some of the most beautiful lakes in America, but perhaps the most beautiful of them all is the 989 ft. deep Lake Tahoe which borders Nevada and California. Read More And See A lot More
What you see at the David Burroughs fourth generation farm north of El Paso, Illinois, located halfway between Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Chicago, isn't your run of the mill ordinary hangar - it has class, inside and out. Read More And See A lot More
They're long and sleek - over 60 foot long and stand 21.6 feet tall - big enough to open up for most any corporate prop or jet aircraft. Five Schweiss straplift bifold doors completed a summer order from Continental Design Build (CDBI) in Anaheim, California for new executive steel hangars they were building in Fullerton, California. Read More And See A lot More
The fun part of Skydive Midwest's operation mostly takes place the minute you go airborne to the time you step out of the jump plane and then safely land on terra firma. That's mainly what the jumpers look forward to, however there are many behind the scenes tasks that begin and end at the all-important hangar. The hangar, a place to pack parachutes, check weather and park planes; most airports can't get along without one, and wouldn't want to. Read More And See A lot More
If your heart is into aviation, and you have money, there is no end as to what you can accomplish, including building a first-class aviation museum, and filling it with some of the finest examples of World War II aircraft. That's what ethanol entrepreneur, Ron Fagen, did in his hometown of Granite Falls, Minnesota. The museum is located at Granite Falls Municipal Airport/Lenzen-Roe Memorial Field (KGDB). Read More And See A lot More
Mills Fleet Farm, founded in 1955 by the Mills family, is a growing company with a retail chain of 34 stores in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. It's newest store recently celebrated its grand opening July 29, at Ankeny, Iowa - a midstate location of approximately 45,000 residents located along Interstate 35 and U.S. Route 69 approximately 10 miles north of downtown Des Moines bordering on an agricultural and suburban-based economy. Read More And See A lot More
For over 36 years, over 100,000 fans each year have flocked to the rolling hills of eastern Ohio to take part in the longest running and most popular country music festival in America. This "Country Music Capital" has hosted most of the big names coming out of Nashville and other parts of the USA. Close to 25 Country legends each year such as Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boxcar Willie, and even The Beach Boys and ZZ Top, you name it, have taken to the stage there. Read More And See A lot More
The school doors are open at Edison Language Academy in Santa Monica, California. What's different at this school is not all the doors are the same, and that goes for its unique curriculum as well. Edison Language Academy is a bilingual magnet school that is one of only 10 dual-immersion K-12 programs in the United States. Read More And See A lot More
Since Greystone Construction Company of Shakopee, Minnesota was formed in 1987, earning and receiving awards has been nothing new for them - their list of national and state awards for excellence, performance and merit are enough to decorate a large office or trophy room. Read More And See A lot More
When daylight hit after the evening of Oct. 4, people living and working at the Triple U Ranch in Washta, Iowa, got an eyeful of destruction. It was on that Friday that Mother Nature decided to reorganize the countryside. Brad Utesch, who farms 2,500 acres and produces 6,000 head of cattle a year, with his brothers Craig and Kirk were faced with a massive cleanup after what more than likely was a tornado set down... Read More And See A lot More
At certain times of the day the glass on Bruce Hamon's garage door reflects the beautiful Denver surroundings he lives in. While it allows others to see within, the big advantage is it allows him to see out as if looking through a picture window inside his home. And it adds a real touch of class to his residential property. Read More And See A lot More
Who you gonna call when you need three top of the line glass bifold straplift doors for a bike transit station in California? You have two choices. You can go directly to Schweiss Doors in Minnesota or call a company that sells and installs Schweiss Doors. That would be McKendry Door Sales & Service of Santa Fe Springs. Read More And See A lot More
Traditional Thai food has a reputation of being very spicy and hot enough to satisfy anyones taste for heat. A newly opened restaurant in Austin, Texas does that and more. Austin is a city of big flavors, but interestingly enough there are few that specialize in Thai food. That's where the long-awaited Thai Restaurant called "Sway," (meaning elevated, delicious) tops the bill. Read More And See A lot More
Fame is where you find it and in many cases others try to feed off it. Such is the case with The Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada Regional Airport, named after revered World War I flying ace William Avery "Billy" Bishop. Their hometown hero was the most highly decorated Canadian pilot of that war with 72 air victories to his credit. Read More And See A lot More
The administration at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, California, with the assistance of Casco Equipment Corporation and its assigned architects, knew exactly what they wanted in the four designer doors they ordered for their school. They wanted something that conformed to "green" standards and that would serve a useful classroom function as well. Read More And See A lot More
Ciudad Obregon is the second largest city in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. It is a historic and beautiful city of 405,000 population located near the Gulf of California about 395 miles north of Mazatlan and 400 miles straight south of Tucson, Arizona Read More And See A lot More
Gene Fuchs, 81, has been taking to the air since the age of 15 and bought his first airplane four years later. He has two Schweiss Bifold hangars doors and one large 45 ft. bifold machine shed door at his farmsite east of Morgan, Minnesota. He bought his first bifold door in the 1980s and hasn't had a lick of trouble with any of them. Read More And See A lot More
Washington resident Herb Korthuis needed a tall garage door to fit his large motorhome into. A city zoning ordinance said he couldn't do it at first, but thanks to Schweiss Doors he now has a 16x12 ft. bifold door that blends into the rest of his house and neighborhood and which was OK'd by the building inspector despite its size. Read More And See A lot More
Back in 1980, Marty Kiehm, age 23 at the time, built his first structure, a 70' x 100' hangar with a 48' bifold hangar door at the Delavan, MN airport. Though not yet a licensed pilot, aviation blood was already trickling through his veins. His dad was an aerial applicator so 'flight talk' was a fairly routine part of family conversations. However following in his Dad's footprint wasn't his ambition. Read More And See A lot More
Schweiss Designer Doors don't get much better than this. Under Armour Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland ordered this very attractive and unique metal perforated hydraulic one-piece canopy door as a showpiece for their store and office building in Baltimore, Maryland . The 28' 10" wide x 12' - 140 mph windrated door features two distinctly lighted Under Armour billboard-style logos which can be seen for miles around. Read More And See A lot More
"I come here every morning at 6 a.m. I spend all day here and I enjoy every minute of it." Those words from Patrick Aucoin, Aucoin and Associates, Inc., Spring, TX. And where he comes each day is to an 84' x 84' steel hangar at the Spring, TX airfield. But what a hangar! For 14 years this spot was only a concrete slab, the only remnant from a Texas tornado that wiped out the hangar which used to set on this hunk of concrete. But not so today. Read More And See A lot More
There aren't many airports in the U.S. or abroad that have as many Schweiss Bifold Liftstrap/Autolatch hangar doors as the Oshawa, Ontario, Canada airport. In a three-phase project a total of 80 Schweiss liftstrap and autolatch bifold doors have been put onto hangars there. In just the last order alone, 34 Schweiss bifold doors ranging in size from 41.5 ft wide to 47 ft. wide gives some solid proof of their popularity among hangar owners there. Read More And See A lot More
Contemplate this description of a popular Mankato, Minnesota facility: Daycare, rehabilitation, grooming spa, spacious suites with in-floor heat, raised beds, exercise program, pool, reservations required, therapeutic laser class treatments, post operative care, hydrotherapy, kindergarten, parties and social activities. Read More And See A lot More
Extreme sports enthusiasts are a key demographic for energy drink makers, and Red Bull's new North American headquarters in Santa Monica, CA was created with that audience in mind. Among the 105,000 sq. ft. buildings many impressive design features are 40' wide by 250' long, non-functioning skateboard platform and 28' tall by 40' wide, Schweiss glass-paneled bifold door. Read More And See A lot More
Aircraft enthusiasts from more than 70 nations go to the world famous Oshkosh Air Show with their eyes to the sky. It brings in more than 10,000 aircraft and displays nearly 2,500 aircraft of all makes and sizes. Dave Sirota, President of Bassuk Brothers Property Management firm in Oro Valley, Arizona, a bedroom community adjacent to Tucson, didn't go there to look at aircraft, he had another mission in mind. Read More And See A lot More
Schweiss Doors can't take all the credit for the envy. Ryan also goes first class with the 1955 Chris Craft Continental boat that cruises in and out of his boathouse. And for those not living on this lake, known worldwide as Lake Vermilion, that's also envious. Read More And See A lot More
"New North Dallas, Teaxs Aero Country East airpark goes exclusively with Schweiss "Red Power" hydraulic one-piece hangar doors. Many Country Club amenities and 39 custom townhomes and pool on privately-owned airport add first class appeal for pilots and families Read More And See A lot More
When you think of wallabies and kangaroos the first thing that comes to mind is Australia, "The Land Down Under." You don't have to travel that far, however, to see these marsupials, The Fall City Wallaby Ranch has 19. Read More And See A lot More
The term "mancave" has in recent times entered the American vernacular. It refers to a place where the guys can get together, lay back and talk about whatever is on their minds and solve the world problems and such over a cold one or two. Mancaves seem to be quite popular amongst football fans. Read More And See A lot More
Only about 30 miles due south of downtown Chicago and surrounded by fields of corn, soybeans, wildlife habitat and even a few tree farms sits one of the newer and more intriguing airfields in America. Called Bult Field Airport and identified as C56, this country airport however dates back to 1942 when Paul Sanger, a Monee, Illinois aviation enthusiast started his 'grass strip' air field three nautical miles southeast of town. Read More And See A lot More
That's how Opus One building's architect, Scott Johnson, described this California Napa Valley winery located between St. Helena and Napa, almost straight north of San Francisco, California. Johnson was part of the design team behind the whole footprint of the Opus One building expansion. The suggestion and actual design of the unique Schweiss bifold and hydraulic doors was recommended by Wayne Leong, of Leong Architectural firm in St Helena, CA. Read More And See A lot More
Most every contractor at heart wants to do the best job for their customer. Sometimes that means going above and beyond the call and at other times being able to offer the best product for them. Read More And See A lot More
There's nothing cheap about building anymore but this project turned out wonderfully. The Schweiss door fits perfectly. We dressed up the shop and office area with some window shutter trim. Structural Building out of Becker, MN was the contractor and they did a great job Read More And See A lot More
It was a 70 ft. hydraulic door, very lightly built, it came in two sections that didn't meet together when they put it together. It showed up bent, and when raised it would bend, very poor weld quality, with welds missing in places. It was a piece of crap, I've never seen something so poor, there was no engineering done on it. There was no quality control. Read More And See A lot More
RiverEdge Park and Music Garden is a venue that not many people in the United States have heard of yet, but they will. It is becoming the centerpiece in a 10-year master plan for the city of Aurora, Illinois, that state's second largest city with a population of close to 200,000 people, making it the 112th largest city in the United States. Aurora is located about 45 miles west of Chicago and is accessible by commuter train from there. Read More And See A lot More
Since Introducing "Red Power" Hydraulic Doors to the market this Spring, sales of Schweiss Hydraulic Doors have escalated, and as a result truckload-after-truckload of ready to assemble doors have been moving out to destinations within all corners of the United States and other locations around the globe. Read More And See A lot More
This eye catching farm shop is indeed a beautiful facility. All four exterior steel walls are white, however red is the accent color around the edges of this big hydraulic door, all windows in the door, plus other access doors into this incredible building. Read More And See A lot More
Twenty-seven years as an aerial applicator provides an historical perspective each spring for Rich Sigurdson, Olivia, MN. For cantankerous 2011 he simply responded,"This spring brought in a little more work than normal. This is the latest for putting crops in the ground since I've been in the business. Read More And See A lot More
Getting 146 doors installed at one location speaks rather strongly about the quality and reliability of your door provider. But that's the current scorecard of Schweiss BiFold doors at Fort Carson, Colorado (Colorado Springs) where Mortenson Construction (Denver branch) has an ongoing contract with the U.S. Army for the construction of special heated maintenance shops called TEMFs (Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facilities). This means structures big enough for Army tanks and other special military tactical vehicles. Read More And See A lot More
I researched over a year what I wanted to do. I met Dave Schweiss at the Florida 'Fun in the Sun' air show and both Dave and Mike at the big Oshgosh, WS show. After meeting the guys and looking more closely at their product the choice was obvious. It simply was the best fit, the best design, the best door and in terms of value, the best deal. Read More And See A lot More
Here are some shots of Fagen's warbirds. All mighty nice, mint condition airplanes! Just one of many unique planes that will be on display in the New Fagen Museum. It'll be the hot spot in Granite Falls, Minnesota to see some of the most beautiful Flying machines imaginable. Read More And See A lot More
Obviously a guy doesn't spend several thousand dollars for a big hydraulic door because it opens and closes in 37 seconds. But surprisingly 'door speed' is a bit of a factor, at least for Terry Albright, Renville County farmer who also runs a fleet of 'over the road' semi rigs. Read More And See A lot More
A slick, new 75' x 80' farm shop with special lighting, in-floor heating, a huge 40' door and a burgundy and beige color scheme is getting all sorts of attention on the farm of John Dulin, Kenton, Ohio. "The contractor that sold me the building has people coming here every week it seems to check out the building and especially that big hydraulic door. So it's a real treat for me and my farming partner son Dana, to show them the works," explained Dulin, who is also maintenance manager for six school buses in their local special education district. Read More And See A lot More
Two bifold doors were on his Wayzata, Minn. home when he and his wife, Nancy, purchased it from a previous owner several years ago. He referred to the doors as "a bonus and attractive feature" and believed the architect chose the bifold style of doors for aesthetic reasons. Read More And See A lot More
The Carriage House on the lakeshore property of Sid Morris, Cornelius, NC is very likely the most unique in America! It doesn't house horses and horse buggies. It doesn't house antique autos. Instead it houses his R44 helicopter. And that chopper gets to the Carriage House by first landing on a helio pad on the end of his 200' dock. A small electrically driven dolly then gently lifts the chopper with operator then guiding the chopper to its proper stall inside this remarkable 4-star carriage house. Read More And See A lot More
At 27 years of age, film maker/artist/author Travis Wood appears to be adding architectural design to his intriguing resume. Evidence of this new dimension is a most unique structure, a combination studio/guest house that he and his father are constructing on their vacation property on Martha's Vineyard, hugging the south shore of Massachusetts. Read More And See A lot More
Hugging the southwest corner of Long Island, New York, Brooklyn's earlier identity was mostly hitched to Coney Island beach and the Brooklyn Dodgers of baseball immortality. Today the city is enjoying a renaissance of rediscovery by artists, retailers, ambitious contractors and creative landscapers including the Andre Kikoski Architect firm which just wrapped up the complete renovation of two empty, abandoned warehouse buildings on 22-28 Wyckoff Ave. Read More And See A lot More
Consolidation is that aggressive word which has been enveloping agricultural business for several years now. In simple terms, it results in fewer but bigger. And that certainly is the recent history of the farm implement business, which used to pride itself on having eight, 10, even 12 or more dealerships per county. Today three or four farm equipment dealers per county is more the usual. But ownership of farm implement stores today often includes multiple locations throughout an entire state. Read More And See A lot More
Flying since he got the bug when working the fishing canaries in Alaska, Eric Hutchins, Grand Rapids, MN, has a rather diversified agenda these days. For example he runs a year-round Dairy Queen in this bustling tourist center town. He also does some part-time law enforcement work and occasionally flies fire detection with the MN DNR. When time permits, high on his agenda is getting together with his snowmobile buddies for a few miles through the beautiful lake and woodland country of Itasca County. Read More And See A lot More
In September of 2009, we started the rehabilitation of Hanger 155 at Chippewa County International Airport in Kincheloe, MI. Our first step was to remove 60 years worth of lead paint from the existing steel substructure and miles of asbestos-containing material. When the building was safe to work in, our demolition subcontractor started on the roof system. Read More And See A lot More
It's big, 43,500 square feet. It has a special floral display unit out front courtesy of the employees and the general contractor. You walk into an 'eye catching' 100' x 160' 'Consumer Display' section complete with a 10' high shelf showcasing various John Deere 'consumer goods'. And greeting you at the retail counter is a colorful prairie scene with an old country barn, woodlots, fields of corn and wheat plus a depiction of the original 1-bottom plow that launched the John Deere machinery company. A show place of sorts? Yes, indeed. Read More And See A lot More
Well, it's all of the above for 62-year-old Daniel Shaw, a plumbing contractor at Geneva, Fla. Who has given new meaning to the term "hangar home." The structure is 50' wide x 60' deep x 30' tall, all metal/ However, a 45' x 15' Schweiss hydraulic door sporting a wrap-around porch with decorator railing, table and chairs, a "walk through" door with stylish window, and veranda "roof" gets your attention. Read More And See A lot More
Schweiss Hydraulic and Bifold Doors recently installed four new hydraulic doors at the Renville County Fairgrounds located in Bird Island, MN. The Renville County Board approached Schweiss looking for a way to open up the event building located at the county's fairgrounds. The event building is used to host live bands, beer gardens and public auctions by Henslin Auction Services. Hydraulic doors seemed like the perfect solution to open up the building and allow easy access to the building for large groups of people. Read More And See A lot More
We're no longer just selling iron. Today we're selling precision farming products and that requires special training of both our personnel and our farm customers," says Paal Haug, general manager of Haug Implement with stores at Willmar and Litchfield Read More And See A lot More
The creativity of customers continues to be a driving force for many manufacturers. Take for example North Star Imaging, Inc., a Rogers, Minnesota manufacturer of industrial x-ray systems which are enclosed by a radiation shielding cabinet and access door and used by manufacturing firms in the aerospace, military, automotive, medical device, electronics, even the genetic seed industry and many more. Read More And See A lot More
How do you make the loading dock area for your store secure, yet still easily accessible and stylish? This Target store in North Carolina found the answer with two 39' x 17' bifold gates for their loading area. Give us your idea and we will get you the door. Read More And See A lot More
What looked like a near impossible situation without some totally new engineering design instead turned out to be a remarkable solution to an extreme challenge. The challenge? How to fit a "roof door" over a 20' by 30' sandblasting chamber used by SMS Millcraft, Oil City, PA. This firm specializes in refurbishing component parts for various Pennsylvania steel mills. Read More And See A lot More
It is rare that an Air Tractor dealership changes hands. It cant be done without an approval from Air Tractor, Inc. This requirement became all too apparent to Bill Taylor of Farm Air in Fairfield Illinois. Bill was starting to think about retiring from the business he formed in 1976. Shortly after forming Farm Air, Bill saw a need for Air Tractors in the Midwest, and approached Air Tractor about becoming a dealer. Over thirty successful years later, Bill decided it was time to sell Farm Air with its Air Tractor dealership intact. Read More And See A lot More