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Sustainable Construction

Leech Lake Band Celebrates Grand Opening of Onigum Community Center

Tribal members of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe held a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the new Onigum Community Center on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Shingobee provided construction of the new community center, located in the Onigum community near Walker, MN, in the southern section of the Leech Lake Reservation.

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You CAN Keep Building in Minnesota’s Winter Conditions

Minnesota’s harsh winters cause slow-downs in its construction industry – for everything from roads to commercial buildings. Many owners choose to delay a construction start until spring to save costs of dealing with temporary heat and other challenges related to winter construction.

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ABC / MNOSHA Cooperative Compliance Partnership Agreement: How it Helps You

Created in 1998, OSHA’s Strategic Partnership Program is an extensive, voluntary cooperative business partnership between OSHA and contractors. The partnership is designed to help companies recognize hazards on the construction site and implement strategies to reduce the dangers of these risks. Together, both MNOSHA and the contractors can help business owners create safety and health management systems for their employees, customers/clients, and the public at large. The goal of these programs is to maintain OSHA compliance for all participants. Shingobee Builders proudly participate in the program for your benefit as a building owner.

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How to Use Cost Comparisons for Construction Projects

Before undergoing a construction project, it is important to estimate how much the materials and labor are going to cost during construction. During this process, we can utilize different models to come up with possible scenarios depending on how you approach the job. The estimation will include the total cost of the project based on various activities within each phase. While some expenses are fixed, others are contingent on different factors. We use four types of tools to estimate costs when budgeting a project:

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Onigum Community Center Wall Top-Out

Shingobee is constructing the new community center for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.  The walls are being constructed with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), a progressive, energy-efficient method. Concrete Inc. of St. Cloud, MN (Shingobee’s subcontractor) constructed the walls utilizing more than 50% local tribal labor. Shingobee and Concrete Inc. conducted training on ICF wall construction, OSHA regulations, and plan reading at the Leech Lake Tribal College earlier this year, to prepare and train local laborers for the construction of this facility.

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Shingobee begins construction of first net-zero school on tribal land

Shingobee Builders, in collaboration with the design team of DSGW Architects and Obermiller Nelson Engineering, has begun construction of a school in Fort Totten, North Dakota, that will be a net-zero energy building, the first of its kind on tribal land in the country.

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Green Building News

At Shingobee, we have a unique approach to green building – we help building owners apply green initiatives in ways that make sense for their facility and business. To bring the newest green building trends into our repertoire, we like to keep up on green building news from around the country and the world.

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Xcel Energy Montrose Service Center Achieves LEED Certification

The Xcel Energy Service Center in Montrose, MN, which Shingobee provided as a build-to-suit project for Xcel Energy, Inc. in 2011, has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The project’s final LEED rating reflected 40 documented and approved points, corresponding to the Certified certification level under the LEED for New Construction.

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