Twice as Nice: Gage Brothers wins two 2020 PCI Design Awards

For the first time in company history, Gage Brothers has been awarded two PCI Design Awards.

The Millwright Building in Minneapolis has been selected as the winner in the Office Building category in the 57th Annual PCI Design Awards Program. In addition, the Marshfield Clinic Health System Hospital and Cancer Center in Eau Claire, Wisc., took top honors in the Healthcare/Medical category. 

“We are honored to receive not one, but two PCI Awards,” said Gage Brothers president Tom Kelley. “These wins are a testament to the incredible passion and commitment of our team members to create innovative precast solutions.”

A widely regarded industry program, the 2020 PCI Design Awards program honors design excellence and construction quality in buildings and transportation structures that use precast concrete. The program demonstrates how designers continue to use precast/prestressed concrete construction to achieve sustainable, cost-effective, resilient and aesthetically versatile projects.

PCI reviews notable projects by PCI certified plants across the country when designating this award. An independent panel combs through dozens of submissions to judge the complexity, quality and innovation of each applicant.

The three juries named a total of 25 winners and 5 honorable mentions of equivalent awards, including a winner in each of the special awards categories.

Gage Brothers will accept the awards at the 2020 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference in Fort Worth, TX, on March 6.

Kelley added, “As we continue to accelerate on all fronts in our new manufacturing facility, recognition from the preeminent awards program for our industry fuels our ambitions and underscores just how useful our products are in the lives of our clients.”

Millwright Building

The Millwright Building is a four-story, approximately 174,000 square-foot office building located in the Downtown East neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Millwright Building

Ryan Companies is the owner/architect/construction manager for the project and utilizes 65,000 square feet of the building for its 500 corporate and regional employees.

According to Ayman Arafa, Director of Architecture (Technical Design) for Ryan Companies, using precast saved two months in construction schedule time, which allowed early occupancy and two months of income that helped the budget. “Having Gage Brothers involved early in design phases greatly helped finalizing details early and further saved on schedule duration,” he said.

Completed in 2017 for $30 million, the Millwright was designed in the style of authentic brick historic warehouses of Minneapolis, with arched windows and steel-alike divided windows, and has been carefully detailed to enforce the perception of an old building that blends in with Minneapolis historic Mill district.

To achieve that historic look, careful selection of the brick, steel, and windows was crucial. Though the initial inclination was to build the envelope with hand laid brickwork, schedule challenges dictated using precast with thin brick.

The tumbled rough edge Belden brick was the perfect match that met design intent, and the façade was detailed with meticulous consideration to hide control joints and define precast panel and window sizing. Multiple options for mortar color, texture and mix were considered to achieve the desired aesthetic, along with experimenting with different liner options and extent of brick wash to balance the desired vintage look of the building façade.

“The highlight of the project was the tumbled rough brick that was used with inconsistent mortar joints, which gave the façade an older traditional look,” said Arafa.

“We loved to be stretched, and it took a tremendous amount of collaboration between the design team and our engineering/drafting staff to create a building envelope that looks a century-old,” said Kelley.

“There is no greater reward on a project than to be asked to do something challenging that you’ve never done before, and have the final product exceed your client’s expectations,” said Kelley.  

Marshfield Hospital and Cancer Center

The Marshfield Clinic Health System Hospital and Cancer Center in Eau Claire (Wisc.) spans 213,000 square feet and has 44 beds in total. The facility is a “micro tertiary hospital,” which means it provides specialty health care in a smaller space. Among the hospital’s many new capabilities are cardiovascular surgery, a comprehensive women’s and infant care program, and inpatient and outpatient cancer care.

Marshfield Hospital

The hospital sits in such a position that all sides are visible and prominent. In addition, the site is located adjacent to the Chippewa River.

The aesthetic objective was to avoid a standard monolithic precast appearance for the hospital. To meet this expectation, the HDR design team invoked horizontal undulating bands to break up the elevations and provide a modern look.

HDR worked closely with Gage Brothers to review the variance in band widths and band heights to provide a seamless transition between joints and corner conditions as well as providing anchoring points for vertical aluminum fins which are installed on the exterior of building. The craftsmanship of the end product exceeded expectations and brought to life the initial design intent reviewed with the client.

“To take a very complex and shapely exterior envelope and find a way to economically execute it is no small task—it took some real team interaction and innovation to keep the number of forms reasonable and still be able to pull off the architect’s vision,” said Kelley.  

“The final product did not disappoint.”

A Legacy of Success

Gage Brothers is no stranger to the PCI Design Awards program. Here is a list of the company’s most recently honored projects:

2019 PCI Design Award
Religious Structures
St. John’s Lutheran Chapel and Mausoleum
Columbia, S.D.

2018 PCI Design Award
Honorable Mention
Government and Public Buildings
Minnesota Senate Building
St. Paul, Minn.

2014 PCI Design Award
Best Healthcare/Medical Building
Sanford Heart Hospital
Sioux Falls, S.D.

2013 PCI Design Award
Best Justice and Correctional Building
James F. Battin United States Courthouse
Billings, Mont.

2011 PCI Design Award
Best Stadium/Arena
Target Field

2011 PCI Design Award
Honorable Mention: Stadiums/Arenas/Sports Facilities–Craftsmanship
TCF Bank Stadium

2011 PCI Design Award
Honorable Mention
Rapid City Regional Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting Station

2011 PCI Design Award
Honorable Mention
University of Minnesota Science Teaching & Student Services Building

Meet Jeremy, our new remote Drafting Technician!

My name is Jeremy Boniella. I live in Maryland, east of Baltimore. I’m married with three stepsons who are spread out across the US. I also have two dogs that keep me entertained.

I got into precast concrete in 1998, when I took a job as a ticket drafter with Concrete Technology, Inc. I was with CTI for 12 years, through their acquisition from High Concrete Group. I became a Senior Drafter, Assistant Project Manager and finally a Design Team Leader with High. My highlight was working on Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

I left in 2010 and worked for a year as a contract drafter and then went on to work for Tri-Tech Engineering for two years. At Tri-Tech I detailed steel structures. After that, I was a Project Coordinator for Consulting Engineers Group for more than five years. I am looking forward to working with Gage Brothers and continuing to grow as a detailer and meet people who are as enthusiastic about precast as I am.  

We’re happy to welcome Jeremy to the Gage Brothers team!

Get to Know Jeremy:

Q. Where did you grow up?

A. I was an Air Force kid, so I grew up all over, including Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, and Ohio.

Q. How did you get into this line of work?

A. I graduated from a vocational high school in the drafting program and it all started from there.

Q. What attracted you to the drafting technician position at Gage Brothers?

A. Being able to keep in the precast industry and work remotely were huge factors for me.

Q. What are you looking forward to the most with your new job at Gage Brothers?

A. Working with like-minded professionals and continuing to gain new skills.

Q. What is your dream vacation spot?

A. I’ve always loved Amelia Island, Florida.

Q. What was your favorite subject in school?

A. I excelled in math and always enjoyed the challenges.

Q. What are your hobbies?

A. I ride a motorcycle, go to the gym regularly, and enjoy time with my dogs and family.

Q. What is your favorite movie?

A. The Dark Knight.

Q. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

A. Probably beef tongue. I’ve had it more than once and it’s been good and it’s been bad.

Gage Brothers awarded precast contract for the Monument

Gage Brothers has been awarded the precast contract for the Monument, a new multi-purpose, indoor arena in Rapid City, S.D. The projected $130 million facility will replace the aging Barnett Arena in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

Gage Brothers was chosen by Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction, who is ranked by industry publication Engineering News-Record as the 16th-largest contractor in the United States. Perkins+Will, JLG Architects and Scull Construction round out the project team.

“We’ve done a lot of work in Rapid City,” Gage Brothers president Tom Kelley said, referencing projects such as the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City Regional parking ramp and several residence halls for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. “Gage Brothers has also had a really good partnership with Mortenson Construction over the years, and they’re familiar with our processes.”

Target Field

Gage Brothers and Mortenson have worked together on several stadium and arena projects, including the USD Sports Performance Complex, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Target Field, TCF Bank Stadium, Tyson Events Center and the Target Center, which was built during two (1988-89) relentless Minnesota winters.

Gage Brothers will fabricate more than 140,000 square-feet of precast concrete for the Monument. Monument Health was selected from three respondents who submitted a proposal to receive naming rights after an extensive RFP process that began in December of 2018.

Rapid City-based Regional Health recently changed its named to Monument Health in a move that included joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and the naming rights for the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center will belong to Monument Health starting in 2021.  

The nearly 250,000 square-foot arena will be home to Rodeo Rapid City, Black Hills Powwow, Lakota Nation Invitational, and other sports and entertainment events. The facility will feature approximately 12,500 seats, a variety of experiential and premium seating options, additional social spaces within view of the action, and open and transparent concourses.

Artist’s Rendering of the Monument

The goals of the project are to provide the community and surrounding area a building that has amenities they can enjoy for many years to come, as well as providing promoters with a venue that is functional, easy to use, and works with their show set-up. This includes a large arena floor, a minimum of 75 feet to the grid, an expansive rigging grid, minimum seating capacity of 10,000 for an end stage concert, a loading dock that can handle a 15 to 20-truck show, and a facility that is accessible for all.

The design plans call for 61,000 square-feet of smooth grey walls and slabs, 56,000 square-feet of stair tread and risers, 24,000 square-feet of insulated wall panels, and precast beams/columns. It will take roughly 110 days for Gage Brothers to manufacture the products in its new state-of-the-art plant in northeast Sioux Falls.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Monument was held on November 16th. Arena construction has already begun at the site, which is adjacent to the west side of the civic center’s Barnett Arena. Completion is scheduled for the fall of 2021.

“Rapid City’s time has come,” Mayor Steve Allender said before the groundbreaking. “This is a great day for Rapid City and for the future of Rapid City. The Arena isn’t the only great thing happening. There is something in the air. This is our time.”

The Met Center

Gage Brothers has manufactured concrete products for more than three dozen high school, collegiate and professional sports venues throughout the Midwest. The company’s foray into sports facility construction came in 1957, when they produced concrete tread and risers for historic Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. That was followed by the Met Center in 1966— best known as the home of the Minnesota North Stars.

Recent sports and recreation projects include the Kinnick Stadium North End Zone renovations, Great Shots Golf and the SDSU Stanley J. Marshall Center renovations.

New North End Zone of Kinnick Stadium
(Brian Ray/

Gage Brothers Concrete Products, Inc., was established in 1915 by members of the Gage family and after 103 years in northwest Sioux Falls has opened its new state-of-the-art plant in northeast Sioux Falls. Employee-owned since 2008, Gage Brothers will continue its proud tradition of creating lasting relationships and providing innovative solutions. Products manufactured at the Sioux Falls plant can be found in 22 states and close to 900 cities throughout the United States. The Midwest’s premier precast concrete company will surpass $50 million in sales this year.  

Gage Brothers teams up with Architecture, Inc. to support Feeding South Dakota

September is Hunger Action Month – a month where people all over America stand together with Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger.

It’s a month to spread the word and take action against the hunger crisis, and Gage Brothers is teaming up with a longtime design partner to help the food-insecure population of South Dakota.

To help raise awareness for the 1 in 9 people who struggle with hunger in South Dakota, Gage Brothers will host a food drive in partnership with Architecture Incorporated to benefit the Feeding South Dakota Food Pantry Program.

This is not the first time that Architecture, Inc. and Gage Brothers have joined forces. The two companies have worked together on more than 150 buildings projects in the past 40 years.

“Hunger remains a major concern throughout the Sioux Empire, and we are proud to team up with Architecture, Inc., to help tackle this important issue,” said Gage Brothers president Tom Kelley. “We encourage our employees, clients, construction partners and local residents to show their support and help those in our community who are in need.”

Feeding South Dakota is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout the Mount Rushmore State. For more than 40 years, Feeding South Dakota has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need.

In 2018, Feeding South Dakota distributed 15.4 million pounds of food in the fight against hunger. Every single week, Feeding South Dakota assists in providing emergency food assistance to approximately 2,400 hungry individuals and families in South Dakota, while their BackPack Program gives food every weekend to more than 5,000 kids in Rapid City and Sioux Falls who otherwise might go hungry.

September marks the twelfth year the Feeding America network of food banks has organized this annual call to action and twelfth year that Feeding South Dakota has participated in the Hunger Action Month movement. This year the campaign will focus ending hunger, one helping at a time. This year, Feeding America is asking everyone to take action during Hunger Action Month. This September, they’re seeking 40,000 actions – a donation, a volunteer shift, a social media post – to end hunger one helping at a time. Every action counts: (

Statewide, Governor Kristi Noem has issued an Executive Proclamation to reflect that Thursday, September 12th, 2019 is “Hunger Action Day” in South Dakota. This proclamation signifies the importance that hunger awareness has in all 66 counties in South Dakota and the support Governor Daugaard grants Feeding South Dakota to continue to feed those who are struggling with food insecurity.

Want to help? You can drop off nonperishable food items at Gage Brothers (2810 North Bahnson Avenue) until Friday, September 27. You can also drop items off at Architecture, Inc. (415 S Main Ave).  

Most Needed Items for Feeding South Dakota include:

Peanut butter & jelly
Canned vegetables
Canned fruit and fruit juices
Canned Soup
Rice, beans, and pasta
Spaghetti sauce

Gage Brothers Marketing Manager Stephanie Pendrys among DMN’s 2019 40UNDER40 Award winners

Direct Marketing News, a leading provider of digital and data-driven marketing news, has recognized Gage Brothers marketing manager Stephanie Pendrys as one of the top 40 marketers under the age of 40 for 2019.

Winners of the 2019 40UNDER40 Award represent the marketing industry’s most extraordinary, high achievers in the business, all under the age of 40. The list is cultivated by DMN’s editorial team and nominees must meet certain criteria to be considered for this prestigious award. The editorial team looks for innovation, impactful results and a stellar career trajectory. This year’s honorees include marketing executives and professionals from Epsilon, Performics, Terragon Group and LiveRamp.

“The honorees chosen reflect the best of the best under 40 in the industry,” said Kim Davis, DMN’s editor-in-chief. “Whether they’re revolutionizing their brands, or building winning teams and strategies, these are the marketers to watch.”

Pendrys joined Gage Brothers in 2015 and serves as the company’s one-person marketing department and “communications hyphenate.”

An early adopter of social media, she quickly established a robust digital marketing strategy while simultaneously cultivating a growing presence for Gage Brothers across the social media landscape. Gage Brothers’ Facebook following has increased tenfold since 2015, and the company has experienced much-improved engagement rates on its Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social channels.

“Stephanie developed Gage Brothers’ social media presence by insisting, sometimes with great persistence, that social content was the best way to share stories that convey the dedication that our team members use daily to build communities and provide valued solutions to clients,” said Gage Brothers president Tom Kelley. “As a result, our level of engagement with clients, our team members and the community has increased significantly—I can’t tell you how many times others in the precast industry have complimented me about our social media presence.”

He added, “but the biggest surprise has been how much fun it has been for team members to take part in these creative, sometimes silly, social productions. She has reminded us that it’s OK to laugh at ourselves.”    

Being named a 40 Under 40 winner comes as Pendrys’ second marketing honor this year. She received a 2019 Hermes Gold Creative Award for Electronic Media: Using Facebook to Showcase Company Culture. Other honors include a 2018 AVA Digital Platinum Award and a 2016 Excellence in Communications Award from the Society for New Communications Research.

“I get energy from challenging the traditional marketing rule book and am inspired by the opportunities being created every day in the world of digital,” said Pendrys. “I am honored to be featured on this year’s 40 Under 40 list alongside some of the most accomplished and well-respected individuals within the marketing community.”

Pendrys earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English from Albion College (Mich.) in 2004 and a Master of Mass Communications degree from the University of South Carolina in 2006. She also holds an MBA from the University of Sioux Falls’ Vucurevich School of Business.

The DMN 40UNDER40 honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony on a private yacht in New York Harbor in September. 

Additional information on award recipients can be found at

2019’s 40 Under 40 honorees:

Enrique Arbelaez
Co-founder and CIO, CIEN+ and Managing Partner, Culturintel

Tessa Barron
Senior Director of Marketing, ON24

Arthur Beavis
CMO, (an Avnet Community) 

Seth Besmertnik
CEO and Founder, Conductor (a WeWork Company)

Andrew Bolton
SVP, Global Partnerships, Knotch

Caroline Canty
Creative Director, Epsilon

Hayley Coxon
Senior Director, Brand & Digital; Conga

Zack Dugow
CEO and Founder, Insticator

Jami Eidsvold
CEO, Smarty Social Media

Aaron Evans
CEO & Co-Founder; Drips

Ben Gaddis
President, T3

Anneka Gupta
President and Head of Products & Platforms, LiveRamp

Ashleigh Hansberger
Co-Founder and Chief of Strategy, Motto

Amanda Hellman
Managing Director, FF New York

Kyle Jackson
EVP Performance Media & Content, Performics 

Joel Kaplan
Executive Creative Director & Associate Partner, M/H VCCP

Brian Long
CEO and Co-Founder, Attentive

Benjamin Lord
Executive Director, Global Omnichannel Marketing, CRM & Loyalty; NARS Cosmetics

Josh MacCarty
Director of Data Science, MARC USA

Christina May
CMO, Illumine8 Marketing & PR

Luke Mulks
Director of Business Development, Brave Software

Ryan O’Donnell
Director & Site Head – Digital Health & Innovation, Amgen

Nick Palmer
General Manager, ICON Fitness

Kelly Patterson
VP Corporate Marketing, Fluent, Inc.

Stephanie Pendrys
Marketing Manager, Gage Brothers Concrete Products, Inc.

Sophia Powe
Co-founder and Managing Director of The Relentless Collective

Formerly Content & Editorial Lead, Mercer International 
Marjorie Powers

SVP CPG, Stella Rising
Lindsay Rapoport

VP of Digital Marketing, The Corcoran Group

Elizabeth Ray
Senior Director of Client Experience, Movable Ink

Sara Robertson
Global VP, Product Engineering, Xaxis

Juliana Roding
VP Planning and Analysis, Horizon Next

Joe Root
Founder, Permutive

Evan Rutchik
CRO, USA, Ogury

Michael Sallander
SVP of Digital Strategy, Antenna Group

Maria Sotra
VP of Marketing, Geotab Inc.

Clint Tasset
CEO and Founder, Adswerve 

Alex Tshering
VP of Marketing, FIGS

Elo Umeh
CEO, Terragon Group 

Taylor Williams
Senior Director, Data Science, FullContact

Katie Wilson
Founder & CEO, TapOnIt

Get to Know: Gage Brothers Drafter Laurel Lioi

Laurel is one of the recent additions to the Gage Brothers drafting department. The Sioux Center (Iowa) native graduated from Western Christian High School before attending Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City. She studied Architectural Construction and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science.

Laurel relocated to Texas in the 1980’s to find a job and settled in Plano, just northeast of Dallas. She has worked in the field of concrete for the duration of her career, from forming and shoring, to precast concrete. She moved back to the Midwest last August just in time for that long winter that never seemed to end.

Laurel lives in Sioux Falls with her mother and daughter, Tara. She enjoys working at Gage Brothers and living close to her family once again.

We’re glad to have Laurel as a member of the Gage Brothers team!

Get to Know Laurel:

Q. Where did you grow up?

Laurel Lioi

A. Sioux Center, Iowa.

Q. How did you get into this line of work?

A. I have always enjoyed drawing, so this was a logical next step for a career.

Q. What are you looking forward to the most working at Gage Brothers?

A. Learning new things about precast concrete and learning Revit.

Q. What is your favorite (or one of your favorite) things about your job?

A. Using Revit during the drafting process.

Q. What is your dream vacation spot?

A. I would love to visit Ireland, it looks so beautiful.

Q. What was your favorite subject in school?

A. Art was my favorite subject.

Q. What are your hobbies?

A. I enjoy playing on my iPad.

Q. What is your favorite movie?

A. Any film that was directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Q. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

A. I’ve eaten calamari, which was pretty chewy.

Bunkers promoted to Gage Brothers Vice President of Operations

Joe Bunkers has been promoted to the position of Gage Brothers Vice President of Operations, effective July 1, 2019.

Bunkers has achieved ongoing success for Gage Brothers in his past leadership positions within both the quality control and preconstruction departments. Prior to this promotion, Bunkers served as Vice President of Preconstruction for the past six years. 

Joe Bunkers

“Joe is an impactful leader within Gage Brothers, and this was a natural next step for him,” said company president Tom Kelley. “His disciplined focus on consistency in providing the highest quality precast products to clients while also fostering an environment of development and collaboration for all Gage employees makes him an invaluable member of our executive team.”

Bunkers joined Gage Brothers as a drafter in 1999. His quickly advanced at the company, and he transitioned to quality control in 2001, where he expanded his understanding of the on-site aspects of the precast industry and gained experience and a thorough working knowledge of Gage Brothers processes and products.

Bunkers was promoted to Vice President of Preconstruction in 2013, where he was responsible for all construction bids along with projects in the preconstruction phase.

As Vice President of Operations, Bunkers will oversee Gage Brothers’ drafting, engineering, project management, sales and production departments.

“With his successful track record of managing complex projects, we are confident in his ability to develop and grow client relationships and help drive market growth for Gage Brothers in our new manufacturing facility,” added Kelley.

 “We’re thrilled he’s accepted the role of Vice President of Operations.“

– Tom Kelley, Gage Brothers President

To ensure quality for Gage Brothers customers, Bunkers has achieved Quality Control Personnel Certification Level III from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI). He is an active member of the Leadership PCI Committee and immediate past chair of PCI’s Architectural Precast Concrete Services Committee.

“Gage Brothers has been home to me for the past twenty years. Honesty, commitment to quality and a longstanding history in the region has made Gage Brothers one of the most reputable companies in the industry, and those are the things that keep me here,” said Bunkers.  

“I am honored to be a part of the company’s future growth and am grateful for this incredible opportunity to help take Gage Brothers to the next level as we continue to transition into our new manufacturing facility.”

– Joe Bunkers, Gage Brothers Vice President of Operations


Employment Opportunities

Gage Brothers is currently seeking qualified applicants to fill positions at various levels of the precast concrete engineering process. For a current list of openings available at Gage Brothers, visit our careers page here.

About Gage Brothers 

Gage Brothers Concrete Products Incorporated ( was established in 1915 by members of the Gage family and now employs more than 260 employees in its new $40 million manufacturing facility located in northeastern Sioux Falls. Employee-owned since 2008, Gage Brothers has a proud tradition of crafting a quality experience for our team and our clients by providing valued solutions. Architectural and structural precast products manufactured by Gage Brothers can be found throughout the upper Midwest, including projects throughout Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The Midwest’s premier precast concrete company registered $45 million in sales last year.