Newsroom: News

  • Word-of-the-Month: Precast Concrete

    Precast concrete is produced by casting concrete in a reusable mold which is then cured in a controlled factory environment. After curing, the precast piece is transported to the construction site and positioned in place. Precast has many advantages including year-round installation regardless of weather conditions, decreased installation time, and lower maintenance.. More

    1 May 2015 |
  • Blog Post #3: Restoring Lowertown’s “Ghost Signs”

    Okay, it’s time to admit that I’m hooked on history. Now that I’ve embarked with my company, Stahl Construction, on the adventure of restoring and conserving some of the ghost signs in Lowertown, my interest in the local history of St. Paul has grown even stronger. I find myself frequently.. More

    23 Apr 2015 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Wayfinding

    Wayfinding is spatial problem solving. Wayfinding is how people position themselves in physical space and move from a present location to their destination. It is the tool that bridges the gap between design and functionality to create a positive and optimal user experience. Wayfinding is no longer just signage or information systems,.. More

    1 Apr 2015 |
  • Blog Post #2: Restoring Lowertown’s “Ghost Signs”

    Receiving a grant from the Knight Foundation to restore and conserve some of the historic “ghost signs” in St. Paul’s Lowertown has been enjoyable and rewarding, however it also brings new challenges that at times keeps me awake at night. Where do I find the matching funds? How does Stahl.. More

    4 Mar 2015 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Butterfly Roof

    A butterfly roof is created when two gables slope downward toward the middle of a building creating a valley. A v-shape is formed as the eaves of the roof angle upward resembling a butterfly’s wings. A butterfly roof can vary in pitch and size creating a unique modern appearance. Originally.. More

    1 Mar 2015 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Ship’s Ladder

    A ship’s ladder is used in commercial construction to provide access to mezzanines and roofs. It can be vertical or inclined, but cannot exceed a vertical climb of more than 20 feet. An inclined ship’s ladder must be at an angle between 50 and 70 degrees and have handrails on.. More

    2 Feb 2015 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Vertical Terminal Air Conditioning

    A Vertical Terminal Air Conditioning (VTAC) system is a convenient, cost-efficient heating and cooling option commonly found in multi-unit living facilities such as hotels, apartments, senior housing, and assisted living. Unlike the Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) unit, which is installed under the exterior window, a VTAC unit sits in a.. More

    1 Jan 2015 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Detention Basin

    A detention basin, also known as a dry or holding pond, is an area where excess stormwater is held for a limited period of a time following large amounts of rain to protect against flooding, and in some cases, erosion. Unlike retention basins, detention basins are not designed to have a permanent pool of.. More

    1 Dec 2014 |