Gage Brothers Celebrates #WIC2018

2018 WIC Week Logo WhiteWomen In Construction Week is part of the broader Women’s History Month celebration in March. The week, started by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is an opportunity to highlight the growing role of women in the construction industry.

“NAWIC’s core purpose is ‘enhancing the success of women in the construction industry’ and what better way to continue this purpose, but to dedicate our WIC Week, not only to our members, but to all women working in and for the construction industry and to recognize the contributions women make to the success of projects in all facets of the industry,” said NAWIC President Riki F. Lovejoy, CBT, CIT.

Women represent 47% of the total U.S. workforce and are playing an increasingly significant role in the world of construction. Yet accoding to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and OSHA, only 9% of total construction employees are women.

Given this fact, it’s inspiring to come across women who are thriving in such a traditionally male-dominated industry.

In honor of Women in Construction Week, Gage Brothers wants to highlight some exceptional women who help to make Gage Brothers a stronger and more competitive company. Read on to explore Ann Hill’s experiences in construction/manufacturing and to find out her advice for others looking to take a similar path.

Ann HillName: Ann Hill
Job Title: Project Estimator 

Q: How long have you been in the construction/manufacturing industry?

A:  20 years in manufacturing and construction.

Q: Why did you choose a non-traditional career field?

A:  I took a summer job working for the Nebraska Department of Roads right after high school. I was shock to learn how much I enjoyed it!  My father and brothers worked in construction, but before that summer I never saw construction as an option for me.

Q: Have you ever faced any barriers in what is a male-dominated industry?

A:  Not really. My overall experience has been very positive. I have never felt being a female is a setback especially at Gage Brothers. There have been a few times where I thought I wasn’t taken seriously and felt that it was because I am a woman, but it fueled me to want to work harder.

Q: What challenges do you see other women in construction facing?

A:  I think biggest challenge for women joining the construction industry is exposure. Construction needs to be presented to all of our youth as a viable career opportunity. There are many great reasons to be involved in construction and manufacturing for women and men alike.  It can be so much more than just a job.

Q: What is the most satisfying part of your job?

A: Collaborating. I love when a team works together to find solutions and better practices. I also like seeing the final product and knowing I helped make it happen.

Q: What motivates you to keep working so hard at Gage Brothers?

A:  I believe in the company and the people who work here. I want to see us all succeed. I really enjoy what I do.

Q: What advice do you have for women who want to work in the construction or manufacturing industry?

A:  The industry needs you. Work hard and be yourself. It’s our individuality that gives us strength. Be involved and ask questions. Never stop learning.

 

 

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Gage Brothers Celebrates #WIC2018

2018 WIC Week Logo WhiteWomen In Construction Week is part of the broader Women’s History Month celebration in March. The week, started by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is an opportunity to highlight the growing role of women in the construction industry.

“NAWIC’s core purpose is ‘enhancing the success of women in the construction industry’ and what better way to continue this purpose, but to dedicate our WIC Week, not only to our members, but to all women working in and for the construction industry and to recognize the contributions women make to the success of projects in all facets of the industry,” said NAWIC President Riki F. Lovejoy, CBT, CIT.

Women represent 47% of the total U.S. workforce and are playing an increasingly significant role in the world of construction. Yet according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and OSHA, only 9% of total construction employees are women.

Given this fact, it’s inspiring to come across women who are thriving in such a traditionally male-dominated industry.

In honor of Women in Construction Week, Gage Brothers wants to highlight some exceptional women who help to make Gage Brothers a stronger and more competitive company. Read on to explore Tara Bailey’s experiences in construction and to find out her advice for others looking to take a similar path.

Tara Bailey
Job Title: Purchasing Manager 

Tara Bailey_2Q: How long have you been in the manufacturing industry?

A:  I grew up with my family owning a manufacturing company so I have been around it my entire life. I have been working in the manufacturing industry now for more than 14 years. I can’t imagine working in any other industry.

Q: Why did you choose a non-traditional career field?

A:  I found something that I enjoy doing and that is challenging. My great grandma passed away before I was born but I have always admired her. Back in the 1930’s and until she passed she owned and ran the family business with my great grandfather.  She was a very involved business owner. She didn’t just answer phones she actually was involved with the running the business. She was breaking barriers back then and I have always looked up to her for that.  My grandmother has always been the same way so I grew up around strong women working in non-traditional career fields at the time.

Q: Have you ever faced any barriers in what is a male-dominated industry?

A:  There have been times that I feel I wasn’t taken seriously due to the fact I am a woman. I have had times in the past where I have told someone how to solve an issue they were having and they told me my solution was incorrect.  They then proceeded to asked someone who was male. The male gave them the exact same answer and it was correct. I’ve also been told I couldn’t do something because I am a woman but I have the attitude of watch me and I will prove you wrong. I’ve always turned being told I can’t into motivation.

Q: What challenges do you see other women in construction facing?

A:  I think the biggest challenge is getting people past the idea that you have to be a male to work in construction. If you can get your own mind to think “I can do this” and “I belong here,” that is half the battle.

Q: What is the most satisfying part of your job?

A: The most satisfying part of my job is solving problems. When I can provide a solution to a problem and improve a situation or process.  I also enjoy when I am in a group and looking around to see that I am the only female. Knowing that it doesn’t matter and I am seen as an equal is satisfying.

Q: What motivates you to keep working so hard at Gage Brothers?

A:  Gage Brothers is a great company to work for. I have never felt that because I am a woman I am held back here. I find my job challenging and rewarding.

Q: What advice do you have for women who want to work in the construction or manufacturing industry?

A: It’s easy to think that because you’re a woman you can’t work in construction or manufacturing.  The truth is the industry has changed and you see more and more women working in it.  If construction and manufacturing interest you go for it.  Don’t let the fact that you are a woman stop you or the belief that you can’t be feminine and work in the industry.  You can wear steel toe shoes and a hard hat and still feel girly.

Gage Brothers wins AVA Digital Award

Platinum Site BugThe Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) has recognized Gage Brothers with a 2018 AVA Digital Award.

The annual competition recognizes outstanding creative achievement in the design and production of digital media, and is sponsored and judged by the AMCP.

Gage Brothers received an AVA Digital Platinum Award for its overall Facebook presence. Specifically, the company was acknowledged for using the social media site to humanize the Gage Brothers brand and showcase its company culture.

More than 2,500 entries were judged by industry professionals. Entries ranged from audio and video production, to website and social media sites, to other forms of user generated digital communications.

All entries were judged on a 100-point scale. Entries scoring between 90-100 points received a Platinum Award, while those assigned 80-89 points received a Gold Award and entries with 70-79 points garnered honorable mention recognition. Gage Brothers was the only company from South Dakota to win an AVA Digital Award this year.

platinum statuetteGage Brothers’ Facebook page (facebook.com/GageBrothersConcrete) serves as the digital storytelling hub for the Sioux Falls-based company. The company uses infographics, time-lapse construction videos, photo albums and blog posts to build brand awareness, while get to know videos with employees allow Gage Brothers to create a sense of community within the business and shine the spotlight on its dedicated workforce.

Since 2015, Gage Brothers’ Facebook fan base has increased sevenfold.

“Gage Brothers is incredibly honored to have received this award,” said Gage Brothers president Tom Kelley. “We are thrilled to be recognized for the immense effort that goes into sharing our story in the digital landscape.”

About the AVA Digital Awards:
AVA Digital Awards is sponsored and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization consists of several thousand production, marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, and free-lance professionals. AMCP administers recognition programs; provides judges and rewards outstanding achievement and service to the profession. As part of its mission, AMCP fosters and supports the efforts of creative professionals who contribute their unique talents to public service and charitable organizations. production – to website development – to social media interaction – to mobile marketing.  AVA Digital Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), one of the oldest, largest, and most respected evaluators of creative work in the marketing and communication industry.

Gage Brothers Project Receives PCI Design Award

Gage Brothers has added another award to its trophy case.

Minnesota Senate BuildingThe Minnesota Senate Building has garnered Honorable Mention recognition in the Government and Public Buildings category in the 55th Annual PCI Design Awards Program.

A widely regarded industry program, the PCI Design Awards (www.pci.org) 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 judges the complexity, quality and innovation of each applicant.

The three juries named a total of twenty-one winners and four honorable mention selections, including a winner for the Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award, co-winners for the All-Precast Concrete Structure Award, and a winner for the Sustainable Design Award.

“These awards represent the highest achievement in our industry and it is always an honor to be recognized by our peers,” said Gage Brothers president Tom Kelley. “We are proud of our employees and congratulate the entire design-build team responsible for the Minnesota Senate Building.”

The Minnesota Senate Building was designed by BWBR’s St. Paul office in collaboration with Pickard-Chilton. Mortenson Construction served as the construction manager. Gage Brothers produced 54,000 square-feet of architectural and stone-clad precast panels (633 total pieces) for the $90 million build.

Minnesota Senate BuildingSited northwest of Cass Gilbert’s historic 1905 State Capitol Building, the Minnesota Senate Building was designed to meet the need for an expansion of the Capitol Campus and, as a 100-year building, to serve the citizens for generations. Its design purposefully facilitates greater interaction and communication with the citizens of Minnesota and responds to Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk’s vision for “a landmark in its own right, architecturally distinctive and worthy of the twenty-first century.”

Radially arcing around the Capitol dome, the building’s massing gently curves to maximize views back to the Capitol. At four-stories with two levels of below-grade parking across the sloped site, the building is considered an extension of the Capitol with offices and support space for senators and their staff.

At ground level, a main entry provides public access and accommodates other program functions as well as parking and mechanical spaces. The first level comprises public gathering spaces and hearing rooms and opens out to a large public plaza atop underground parking.  Senate offices and ancillary spaces are located on the second and third floors.

The new senate building houses all 67 senators under one roof and supports more than 360 staffers and state employees who are also officed in the facility. The new structure also contains critical technological and other infrastructure, a broadcast studio and a 250-seat theatre style hearing room. The design provides ample daylighting into the space and the senator offices on the upper two levels all have individual views of the capitol. From the main entrance to the public forum hearing rooms, all of this radiates to the capitol and is even reflected in the plaza landscape.

Minnesota Senate BuildingThe precast concrete façade was selected to keep costs under control and to meet the schedule goals. A critical aspect of the schedule was to accommodate the 2016 legislative term while the neighboring Capitol building was closed for a major renovation. The Minnesota Senate Building opened on-budget and in plenty of time for the March 8 opening of the 2016 legislative session.

Designed to Minnesota B3 sustainability standards (a State of Minnesota equivalent of LEED), the Minnesota Senate Building achieves a 37-percent energy savings compared to the baseline code.

Along its southern exposure, its glass facade allows for the optimal use of daylight throughout the building to create an enriching, productive workplace.  In winter, the sun’s warmth is captured through the glazing.

Natural materials native to Minnesota have been incorporated throughout the building’s and plaza’s palette. In fact, ninety-four percent of the materials used in the construction of the Minnesota Senate Building were produced by Minnesota companies.

The architectural precast panels were produced with an aggregate from a Sauk Rapids manufacturer, limestone from Vetterstone and granite from Cold Spring. The glass is from Owatonna, steel in workplaces can be traced back to northern Minnesota’s taconite mines and a Faribault company made low-energy air-handling equipment. Even the font used in signs comes was designed by Mark Simonson of St. Paul, a noted font artist.

Gage Brothers will accept the award at the 2018 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference in Denver, Colo., on February 23.

“Every award Gage Brothers receives is a testament to the dedication and teamwork of all Gage Brothers employees and their contribution to achieving our mission—to craft a quality experience for our team and our clients by providing valued solutions,” added Kelley.

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

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

Sanford Heart Hospital

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

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2011 PCI Design Award

Best Stadium/Arena
Target Field

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2011 PCI Design Award

Honorable Mention: Stadiums/Arenas/Sports Facilities–Craftsmanship
TCF Bank Stadium

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2011 PCI Design Award

Honorable Mention
Rapid City Regional Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting Station

Rapid City Fire Station Number 8

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

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A total of 25 awards will be presented to projects from throughout North America during the 55th Annual PCI Design Awards, which includes best-in-class awards for both transportation structures and buildings. All winning projects will be showcased in the PCI Design Award Winners summary article, which is published in the PCI Journal, Ascent and Aspire magazines. Read more about all the award winners on the PCI website.

Gage Brothers secures contract for phase one of SDSU Stanley J. Marshall Center renovations

Artist's Rendering of the Stanley J. Marshall Center Expansion
Artist’s Rendering of the Stanley J. Marshall Center Expansion

Gage Brothers has been awarded the precast contract for a projected $12.2 million renovation to the South Dakota State University Stanley J. Marshall Center.

The contract adds to Gage Brothers’ growing portfolio of sports facility builds, which includes TCF Bank Stadium, Target Field, Kinnick Stadium and the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis.

Gage Brothers was chosen by general contractor Henry Carlson Company, a third-generation company headquartered in Sioux Falls. Gage Brothers and Henry Carlson have worked together on more than 280 building projects since the early 1960’s.

At present, Henry Carlson is installing Gage Brothers precast products on the Canton High School performing arts center expansion, Washington Square and the new City of Sioux Falls administration building.

This is the fifty-first South Dakota State University building project awarded to Gage Brothers since the mid-1960s.

Gage Brothers is currently fabricating 78,000 square feet of precast for the $50 million expansion to the SDSU Performing Arts Center.

Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium

Additional work on the SDSU campus includes Daktronics Engineering Hall, the North Chiller Plant and Jackrabbit Grove. Gage Brothers also produced 35,000 square feet of smooth grey wall panels and tread/risers for the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium, home of Jackrabbit Football.

The Details

Built in 1973, the Stanley J. Marshall Center houses offices for most of the SDSU athletic department as well as Frost Arena, the 6,500-seat home of Jackrabbit basketball, volleyball and wrestling.

The multiple-phase expansion of the Stanley J. Marshall Center includes practice facilities for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball. Phase I will house approximately 27,000 square-feet of basketball practice gyms including support space, restrooms and two separate gyms, each with a full sized NCAA basketball court and two high school length cross courts for added versatility.

Jackrabbit Volleyball will continue to practice on the main arena floor, but these new courts will also be able to accommodate their training sessions.

A future phase will also include approximately 15,000 square-feet of space for the wrestling program.

These new spaces will give Jackrabbit teams more flexibility in terms of practice schedules and allow the facility to function more efficiently overall.

The addition will be attached to the Stanley J. Marshall Center by a connecting link comprising a corridor and storage space.

“Gage Brothers is proud to have deep and longstanding ties with South Dakota State University,” said company president Tom Kelley. “These renovations signal a continued investment in SDSU athletics and another step toward continuing to position Jackrabbit teams on a national level.”

The first phase of the Stanley J. Marshall Center renovations call for 32,000-sq. ft. of Gage Brothers precast architectural and insulated panels, grey slabs and corefloor. These flexible components can provide nearly limitless options for architects and engineers.

“Precast concrete was a critical aspect of the university’s goal to provide the best environment possible for SDSU student-athletes from the moment they walk into the building until the time they leave,” Kelley added.

The architect of record for the Stanley J. Marshall Center renovations is the design team of EAPC Incorporated/Sink Combs Dethlefs. Denver-based Sink Combs Dethlefs recently merged with Perkins+Will and is a national leader in sports, recreation, and entertainment architecture. Sink Combs Dethlefs also designed the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

According to the Gage Brothers preconstruction department, it will take approximately 28 days for employees to manufacture the precast components.

Additional Renovations to Frost Arena Will Benefit Fan Experience

Future construction will focus on Frost Arena, which is named for former SDSU coach and athletic director R.B. “Jack” Frost. SDSU estimates that more than 300,000 people visit Frost Arena each year

The Frost Arena renovations include a reconfiguration of the seating bowl to improve spectator viewing, VIP box seating, club seating and an expanded concourse. Loyal Jackrabbit fans can expect to be better accommodated with additional restrooms and concession options.

The renovations will also provide upgrades for sports medicine, locker facilities, administrative areas and event support space.

The end results of the renovation will greatly enhance the fan and student-athlete experiences and dramatically improve the infrastructure while maintaining the soul and feel of what has made Frost Arena special for more than 40 years.

School officials hope to have all three phases of construction completed by 2019.

Raising the Roof: Gage Brothers Precast Takes Sports Facilities to New Heights

Founded in 1915, 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 Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Kirkeby-Over Stadium, Dakota Wesleyan University/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex and the University of South Dakota Sports Performance Enhancement Facility.

Earlier this year, Gage Brothers was awarded the precast contract for a projected $89 million renovation to Kinnick Stadium, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes’ home turf since 1929. The company will fabricate more than 75,000 square-feet of precast concrete for the build.

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We hope that you enjoy this word search as much as we enjoyed making it.

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Graphic Concrete signs a broad distribution agreement for North America, Gage Brothers one of nineteen precast companies to gain production rights

Graphic concrete logoGraphic Concrete Ltd has signed a cooperation agreement with AltusGroup Ltd and is expanding to the United States and Canada.

Tribute to FirefightersGraphic Concrete is a patented technology that has been used extensively in projects across Europe, the Nordics and Australia. The technology transfers patterns — custom or stock — as a surface retarder via a membrane placed at the bottom of the form. Concrete is cast atop the membrane. After the concrete is cured and extracted from the form, the retarder is washed away with a high-pressure washer, revealing an image that results from the contrast between the fair faced and the exposed aggregate surface. Selection of various aggregates and pigments can dramatically expand possibilities in the finished surface.

altus group logoAltusGroup, headquartered in Pennsylvania, United States, is a joint venture of 19 American concrete factories, which drives the development of concrete by introducing innovative products. They are now the exclusive U.S. and Canadian sourcepoint distributors of Graphic Concrete technology for imparting durable patterns and images onto precast surfaces such as facades, walls, spandrels and soundwalls.

“We are seeking strong growth from abroad and we have for a long time been looking for a partner in North America who has a broad network of plants and strong expertise in architectural concrete construction,” says Kimmo Knaapila, Managing Director of Graphic Concrete Ltd. “North America is a completely new market for us and we are really excited about having found a suitable partner. We share the same values ​​with AltusGroup; we invest in continuous development, excellent consulting customer service and we both want to build a more diverse and visually appealing living environment,” Knaapila continues.

Woods 2Driving precast innovation

“We are very happy about new cooperation. The innovation offered by Graphic Concrete is a great addition to our product range. The method is also expected to increase the interest of new element factories to join AltusGroup because only our members can take advantage of this fascinating new technology, “said AltusGroup CEO John Carson. “Our skilled and experienced precasters continue to embrace novel and innovative technologies that improve the performance and aesthetic beauty of precast concrete to the benefit of the building team,” he added.

“Our goal is to enable architects and designers to turn their visions into reality,” says Blair Davies, head of Graphic Concrete, North America. “Our products can be tailored and the outcome of each project is unique. We believe in building a better built environment through the use of Graphic Concrete.”

Gage Brothers is one of the precast companies in America now with the capability to manufacture Graphic Concrete.

color pigmentsAccording to Gage Brothers president Tom Kelley, adding Graphic Concrete to Gage Brothers’ already extensive product line was a no-brainer.

“Innovation is the platform on which we work,” he said. “For us, the key driver is to offer products that are better than what is currently in the market, best in class.”

That impulse has created a strategy of continuous evolution that has allowed  Gage Brothers to expand its product offerings over the decades — a vast line that includes CarbonCast Insulated Systems, thin brick and stone clad systems, ultra-thin ARCIS precast panels and now Graphic Concrete.

“Our customers are loyal to us right up until the second somebody offers them better service or products,” he says. “And I love that. It’s super-motivating for us.”

Graphic Concrete AIAGage Brothers premiered its Graphic Concrete samples and marketing materials at last week’s AIA South Dakota annual convention.

“Each new product is a chapter in the Gage Brothers story,” said Kelley.  “I’m confident that Graphic Concrete will build upon and enhance the next chapters.”

Gage Brothers recently began the construction of a new plant featuring a multi-million dollar investment in state-of-the-art technology rarely used in the manufacture of precast concrete in the United States. The new manufacturing facility will be located at 2800 N. Bahnson Avenue off of Interstate 229, in northeast Sioux Falls. Completion is slated for January of 2019.

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About Gage Brothers

Gage Brothers Concrete Products Incorporated (gagebrothers.com) was established in 1915 by members of the Gage family and now employs more than 250 employees in northwest Sioux Falls. Employee-owned since 2008, Gage Brothers has a proud tradition of being a leading manufacturer of innovative architectural and structural precast concrete products. Products manufactured at the Sioux Falls plant 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 $40 million in sales last year.

About Graphic Concrete

Graphic Concrete Ltd manufactures and sells Graphic Concrete, a patented innovative product that enables durable patterns and images to be produced on prefabricated concrete surfaces. The technology was invented by interior architect Samuli Naamanka in the late 1990s. Samuli’s inspiration was to create an industrial product for large-scale surfaces, a tool with which architects could be more visually creative. Graphic Concrete has since been working with a wide range of projects in 25 countires around the world, ranging from industrial buildings to fine art. For more information, visit graphicconcrete.com.

About AltusGroup

The first-ever national partnership of precast companies dedicated to “innovation powered by collaboration,” AltusGroup challenges the industry’s brightest minds to speed the development and perfection of precast technologies that improve the built environment. Products include the award-winning CarbonCast® line of products featuring C-GRID carbon fiber grid reinforcing and ARCIS ultra-thin precast panels for rainscreens and other applications. AltusGroup companies have an unparalleled network of manufacturing plants, technical staff and sales personnel to ensure architects, engineers and contractors get the help they need—and the quality and performance they expect. For more information, visit altusprecast.com.