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Solon continues dramatic downtown changes with developments


We are excited to be a part of the new growth in Solon! 

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OELWEIN — Conclusive plans are being set for a new community healthcare facility being constructed by Oelwein Community Healthcare Foundation (OCHF) and the team includes Oelwein Community High School (OCHS) alumni in some prominent roles.  

 Construction Manager Aaron Kendall and Structural Engineer Erik Danielson both graduated from OCHS and will work with local contractors to facilitate construction of the 13,000 square foot facility located on the south end of Oelwein, just east of State Highway 150. Site preparation is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks and groundbreaking is set for late-September for the multi-disciplinary facility.
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Single Speed to Open Soon!

We are anxiously awaiting the opening of single speed in Waterloo. Our Waterloo office helped design this great, new restaurant and bar. There has been a lot of press about it this week, it looks like everyone is as excited as we are!

Corridor Business Journal: 

Single Speed Brewery gets rolling in Waterloo

"A once crumbling downtown Wonder Bread bakery has returned to its 1950s glory and is now home to Single Speed's bicycle-themed brewery, restaurant and distribution center, reports the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. Owner Dave Morgan brought his crew up to cruising speed with three soft openings over the weekend and hopes to be open full-time this week or next. The facility has a capacity of 500, with seating for 300, and will include a full menu "focused on fresh, local, seasonal" by chef Dan Ankrum to complement the 10 beers on tap. An outside beer garden will open this summer. Single Speed will also appeal to children with a kids zone equipped with games, Legos, art supplies, a chalkboard, magnet board and little stools and tables, reports the Associated Press."

Big Grove Brewery Opens Second Location! 

We were delighted to be a part of such an exciting project. Best of luck to Big Grove!! 

Big Grove Brewery Iowa City opening today (Courtesy of CBJ)

 The brewery and taproom is located at at 1225 S. Gilbert St. on the east side of Iowa City in the former Iowa Hawk Shop Outlet Building. Prior to the project's completion, Big Grove was poised to spend about $108,000 improving the exterior of the building, which was built on a former lumber yard.

The company requested $40,000 from the city last year for facade improvement costs to be paid for out of the Riverfront Crossings capital improvement budget.

The brewery is the second location for Big Grove, which opened a brew pub in Solon in 2013. Co-owner Matthew Swift previously indicated that the company does not plan to change any portion of the business in Solon, which will continue to operate as a brew pub, while the facility in Iowa City will become Big Grove's "production brewery and taproom."

Ben Smart, Big Grove Brewery's head chef, said this morning he was anxious to officially open the brewery's doors following a soft opening last weekend.

"It's exciting and nerve wracking, but at the same time, it's a wonderful feeling," Mr. Smart said. "I'm glad that we're finally here."

In a memo to city representatives last year, City Manager Geoff Fruin wrote that since the city adopted the Downtown and Riverfront Crossings Master Plan in 2013, interest among developers in the district's eastern edge near Big Grove's location has been relatively slow.

"However, staff believes the creative reuse of the building is a perfect fit in the context of the overall plan," Mr. Fruin wrote.

The brewery and taproom is scheduled to open at 3 p.m. today. 

It isn't every day that we are able to see our projects in such a cool way! The Architect sent us this drone image of the construction progress for a Nursing home in Lisbon that our own Tony Motyko did the Structural engineering on. On the left is the 3D model, created by our designer - Hayley Hartgrave, to show you a real comparison. We can't wait to see this as it progresses further. Good job, Tony & Hayley!



Mt. Pleasant Skilled Nursing Center

Ground Breaking with Iowa Lieutenant Governor, Kim Reynolds

Owner – Linda Juckette (Capstone Management)

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We attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Mercy Medical and Wolfe Eye Clinic. Click here for the full story.



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We were responsible for all stairs and guardrails. The grand stair shown in the photos was mostly tube steel with steel plate floor covered in terrazzo. The mid landing cantilevered and was supported by one single ‘torsion’ tube.

We had to come up with some creative solutions as the arch/eng detailed the railing very close to the edge, too close for post installed anchors, so we had to detail a baseplate that would accommodate that.  Also, be careful specifying post installed anchors on top of a concrete filled metal deck – no manufacturer has tested anything less than 3 ¼” slab thickness above flutes – and the system we were given was 3” on 3” deck.

Another challenge was the mixed railing materials, steel round tube, steel built up angle, rolled steel angle and also built up aluminum.  Always be cognizant of the stress reductions you get in aluminum at the weld – a welded aluminum guard post to the baseplate is not an ideal situation since the greatest stress is right at the base.  We had some fairly thick aluminum members to accommodate this, and the post section ended up being much more substantial than the design intent. 

University of Northern Iowa Physics Competition 

Ken, Mike, and Sara from our Waterloo office were judges at the 2015 UNI/AEA 267 Regional Physics Competition held at UNI on March 26th.They will also be judges at the State Physics Competition on April 16th. The three judged the bridge building competition. The bridges are constructed from toothpicks, and the goal for the students was to achieve the largest ratio of measured force applied divided by the mass of the bridge. There was a testing apparatus that we used to measure the maximum load the bridges could carry up to a deflection of 0.5 cm.

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Select Structural is a part of the expansion of The Veteran's Park in Cedar Falls.

New app helps teach structural engineering

A new educational iPad app dedicated to teaching structural engineering, “Truss Me!”, has peaked at number 24 on the Apple iTunes Education (paid apps) chart. The app, designed by Professor Julian J. Rimoli from Georgia Tech, is a sophisticated simulation engine designed to help users acquire the right intuition about the behaviour of truss structures.

Even Kids Can Be Engineers

Tracey Ragucci’s fourth-grade class spent a period conducting the classic experiment asking students to do everything in their power to protect an uncooked egg from breaking after being tossed from a very high place — in this case, the roof of Veterans Memorial School...


After a floor collapsed at a storage facility in Keystone, Iowa, Matt Papik, an engineer for Select Structural was called to conduct a site visit and write a report for the insurance company. Matt worked closely with the owner for a rapid turn around so they could get back to business as normal as quickly as possible. All in a day's work for a structural engineer.... we never know what tomorrow will bring!!


Thompson Truck & Trailer New Facility

Thompson Truck & Trailer begins work on $8 million facility 


Thompson Truck & Trailer in Cedar Rapids has broken ground on a new $8.3 million headquarters facility, located on 15 acres near 76th Avenue and 6th Street SW in Cedar Rapids. Completion is expected in winter of 2016.  

"The new facility will enhance our operations to improve our customers' uptime and get the vehicles repaired and on the road in a more efficient manner," President Travis Thompson said in a news release. The location off I-380 near the Eastern Iowa Airport will add to customer convenience, he said.


The new facility will have 55,000 square feet with nine drive-through service bays, including an oil change pit and future CNG (compressed natural gas) bay. Additional features planned include a steam wash bay, full-length overhead crane, a driver's lounge, a dedicated tool storage area and state-of-the-art oil change equipment.

Thompson Truck's body shop will also relocate to the facility, adding an additional 10 bays with an overhead crane, frame and alignment rack and drive-through paint booth.

With the opening, Thompson will hire an additional 10 employees, bringing employment to 75 in Cedar Rapids. Thompson sells and services all makes and models, and specializes in International, Isuzu and Idealease Leasing and Rental.

The Cedar Rapids City Council Tuesday approved a resolution of support for the company to receive a 10-year Urban Revitalization tax exemption averaging 44 percent each year. About $660,000 in property tax revenue will be exempted. The property will still yield more than $800,000 more over the exemption period than it would yield in its current state.

Hunter Companies and Aspect Architecture are working with Thompson Truck & Trailer on the project.