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Northfield Construction & Laura Baker Services

Laura Baker Services Association is a superior provider of housing, educational and support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This Northfield organization creates a valuable community, and we are proud of our history of work with them.

Rebuilding Homes

Residents of Laura Baker Services Association live in on-site cottages. The residents who live in the bright, cheerful individual living units receive services from Laura Baker.

One challenge in this project was that residents could not be put out by the construction zone surrounding their homes. We addressed that challenge by building an entirely new cottage for residents to move into before tearing down an old one.

Then, the Northfield Construction team then rebuilt the first cottage, with the residents in mind.

If you want to see the finished work – stop by Laura Baker Services and find the Spring Creek and North Oak cottages! Both of these projects were completed in Fall of 2014.

Grounds Improvement

Additionally, Northfield Construction tore down what was once the Margaret Graves building, which was no longer functional for clients of Laura Baker Services. In fact, board members engaged in a capital campaign to fund the project.

In place of the building, Northfield Construction installed a beautiful new grounds area, including a paver patio. This improvement took place over the Spring of 2015.

History of Partnership

Over the past 12 years, Northfield Construction Company has completed approximately $5 million in projects with LBS. We are proud to work with an organization that does such good. A look at some of our previous projects:
  • Elwell and Baker Cottages
  • Spring Creek and North Oak Cottages – New Construction
  • Administrative building renovation
  • Numerous off-campus housing renovations

Local Partners

Throughout this project with Laura Baker Services Association, Northfield Construction Company partnered with these Minnesota businesses:
Trowel Trades
Mankato Rockers
Jerry’s Tile
Kokavy and Daleiden Painting
American Excavating
Blesener’s Exteriors

Commercial Remodel Tips

Become more energy efficient

Whether this means using less heat (check out our blog on the topic) or upgrading your appliances, aiming for an energy efficient office means you lower your bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Who could ask for more? A few energy efficient improvements:

  • Check windows and doors for drafts
  • Insulate
  • Low-flow toilets (see this blog)
  • Hire a consultant

Overhaul the meeting room nobody wants to use

Whether it’s electrical issues or terrible lighting, there is a reason you all seem to avoid that one room. As a gift to your team and your company, give it a meaningful facelift.

Start building a commercial improvement budget

Depending on the size of the project, your home improvement project may cost a few bucks. Start budgeting for your dream home now, so you don’t have to cut any corners in the future.

Build better storage

Stop storing extra office supplies in weird nooks and crannies. Make a small investment in great office storage solutions (think: hidden shelving, improved entryway, converting an unused space) and save yourself more than a few headaches.

Invest in your team

What energizes your team? Fresh air? Space to play? Collaboration? Once you identify energy sources, plan for remodels to make them a reality. Offices closer to windows, a clear space for creativity and fun, collaboration-focused meeting rooms.

Pay attention to the details

Spend a month building up a list of small office improvements. Keep an eye out for problems such as grungy outlet covers and chipped window paint. At the end of the month, divvy up the tasks and devote the next month to getting them all done. These small projects shouldn’t take too long to complete, and they will make a huge difference in your office.

Pick a pet project

Focus your year on one meaningful office improvement project. Devote the year (or just a part of it) to research, planning, and pricing. By taking the extra time, you ensure you will plan for a project that your team will love in the long term, and you will be more prepared for common hiccups and even be able to avoid them. Your researching planning can include Pinterest boards, drawing inspiration from other office spaces, vetting potential contractors, and setting a realistic budget with management.

Brick Oven Bakery – Finished Project

In the summer of 2015, Northfield Construction Company was hard at work renovating a commercial space at The Crossings. Brick Oven Bakery was scheduled to move in soon, and the space needed to be customized for them. Here’s a look at our progress and the finished project!

Brick Oven Bakery is open Tuesday-Friday 6am-6pm and Saturday 6am-2pm. They specialize in baking high-quality, artisan, handmade goods.

Progress at Laura Baker Services

Summer is the season of construction, and we are on a roll. Laura Baker Services is one of our current projects; LBS is an association in Northfield that provides housing, support services, and education for people with special needs and their families.

Northfield Construction Company has served as the primary contractor for LBS’ projects the past several years, which included building two new cottages for LBS residents in 2014 as well as demolishing the Margaret Graves building.

This year, NCC is building a paver patio at the site of the previous Margaret Graves Building. The patio will serve as an outdoor gathering area for staff and residents. Additionally, it will facilitate connection between the different resident cottages.

Our projects should wrap up soon, and we are excited to see the final product. We hope you are, too.