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The Big 3: Sioux Falls mega-projects

03/28/2018

Exterior of Gage Brothers Office Building

Source: Sioux Falls Business Journal

Yes, your eyes are right. There are some giant construction projects going up around Sioux Falls right now. 

Last year's big-ticket project announcements and groundbreakings have led to a busy spring in Sioux Falls mega-projects construction.

Here's the latest on the top three projects.
The Big 3 – Gage Brothers' plant, Win Chill's warehouse facility and Avera on Louise campus at 69th and Louise.

Each of the three sites has been a beehive of activity all winter, and each is on or nearly on schedule.

Gage Brothers manufacturing plant: 'We're close to schedule'

  • Project: Concrete production facility
  • Owner: Gage Brothers
  • Cost: $40 million
  • Location: Industrial park in northeast Sioux Falls

Local concrete construction company Gage Brothers announced in July plans to build a $40 million state-of-the-art precast concrete production facility in northeast Sioux Falls.

The hulking skeleton of the building was hard to miss over the winter, but now, the building has its skin.

"Our building is all enclosed," said Tom Kelley, president of Gage Brothers. "It's going really well. We lost a little bit of time through the tough winter, January was kind of a tough month, but we'll make that back up, so we're close to schedule."

Builders broke ground on Gage Brothers' 14,000-square-foot office last week. Fiegen Construction is building both the main facility and the office and JLG Architects designed the project.

Norm Drake with Legacy Developments, which was selected by Gage Brothers as developer, said the plan is for the office to be occupied by late fall.

"We're excited and honored to be part of this," he said. "It's a 100-plus-year-old company that has a long-standing history in this community."

The two-story office is a relatively tiny building compared to the hulking 220,000-square-foot plant – five acres of space under a roof.

"It's huge. It's really deceiving if you look at it in a drawing or plan," Kelley said. "We've been taking a lot of our people out there to get them familiar with what their new world will look like, and they're all be blown away by the sheer size."

The company expects to start installing equipment inside the plant in April, although the plans are dependent on some overseas logistics working out.

"Much of our equipment is coming from Europe, and six shipments are on the water right now," Kelley said. The six shipments are the first of 43 total that will give the plant its circulatory system,  the mixing, batching and distribution equipment it needs to spring to life, as well as the plant's interior craning system.

"We're hoping we're actually mixing concrete in the facility by the end of July," he said. 
Kelley said the plan is to move the company's processes from its current long-time home on West 12th Street starting in September and have them at the new site by January 2019.

Win Chill refrigerated warehouse: 'Coming along very nicely'

  • Project: Refrigerated warehousing facility
  • Owner: Win Chill LLC
  • Cost: $32.9 million
  • Location: Foundation Park in northwest Sioux Falls

The giant Win Chill refrigerated warehouse isn't just notable for its size. Officials praised the facility as the "anchor tenant" for Foundation Park, the 820-acre industrial park in northwest Sioux Falls.

Plans for the warehouse were announced in May, with a June groundbreaking. Now, the building is on the verge of being open for business, said Norm Drake of Legacy Developments, one of the minority owners of Win Chill.

"Things are on schedule and we are very pleased with the amount of interest that we've had for utilization of the freezer," he said.

The 205,000-square-foot facility is being built on 54 acres in the park purchased from the Sioux Falls Development Foundation for $5.7 million. Gil Haugan Construction is building the facility.
Foundation Park previously had an anchor tenant, when it was first announced in June 2015. Logistics Buddy, a third-party logistics provider, was slated to build a 600,000-square-foot facility at the park. But the company pulled out in 2016, citing a change in its business model.
Win Chill remains Foundation Park's only announced tenant. It's now just a few months away from opening, with about 90 percent of the needed staff hired, Drake said.

"(It's) coming along very nicely," he said. "We're still anticipating opening on May 23."

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