MINNEAPOLIS, June 12, 2012 – Stahl Construction of St. Louis Park, Minn., has announced the signing of two new contracts for projects getting under way this summer in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and Des Moines, Iowa.
On June 25, Stahl will begin renovating six Twin Cities area J.C. Penney locations to implement the retailer’s new store-within-a-store concept, creating a series of mini-boutiques built around a “town square.” Local stores to be remodeled include those in Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Edina, Minnetonka, Roseville and Woodbury.
Construction will take place simultaneously in all six Penney stores, with the work carried out in a number of “waves” or phases. Current plans call for the first wave starting this month to encompass a combined 29,000 square feet of space. The second phase, which involves an estimated 26,000 square feet, will launch in August. The third phase will start in October and run through the end of the year.
Stahl has done other work for J.C. Penney in Minnesota in the past, including renovations in St. Cloud and Roseville, conversion of another department store to a J.C. Penney in Eden Prairie and construction of a new store in Baxter.
In Des Moines, Stahl has already begun construction of the new Edmunds Elementary School, the first new school facility built by the Des Moines Public School District in five years. The $10.25 million project, which started June 4, will involve both construction of a new 70,000-square-foot building north of the current school as well as demolition of the existing structure. Work will be completed prior to the 2013-2014 school year.
Other Stahl projects ongoing this summer include construction of the new Army National Guard field maintenance shop in Arden Hills, Minn.; the new Urbandale Middle School, Ankeny Centennial High School and Fort Madison 4-8 School, all in Iowa; and a new elementary school and high school auditorium addition in Bennington, Neb.
The company’s Iowa and Nebraska projects are managed out of Stahl’s new branch in Urbandale, Iowa, opened last year to serve the company’s clients in the two states. Heading Stahl’s Iowa office is Madrid, Neb., native and 18-year construction industry veteran Bill Harger.
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held recently for two Twin Cities Stahl projects: the new 98,000-square-foot Richfield Municipal Center, which held its grand opening June 2; and the Minneapolis and Community Technical College Helland Student Center, a 16,800-square-foot addition and 23,000-square-foot renovation that reopened May 3.
About Stahl Construction
Established in 1981, Stahl Construction Co. provides general contracting and construction management services for a wide variety of public and private building projects, primarily across the Midwest. President Wayne Stahl, owner of the firm since its inception, heads a staff of 25 construction professionals based in metropolitan Minneapolis and Des Moines. A member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Stahl Construction is experienced in sustainable building design and construction, with nearly one-third of employees recognized as LEED® Accredited Professionals.
The firm and its projects have earned numerous awards. Recent honors include, for example, the 2011 Distinguished Building Award from AIA Chicago for the University of Minnesota Duluth Swenson Civil Engineering Building; 2010 Outstanding Green Building and Award of Excellence from the Iowa Associated Builders and Contractors for Iowa State University's Biorenewables Research Laboratory; and the 2010 North America Best Project from Hyatt Hotels for the Hyatt Place Portland (Ore.) Airport.