In 2016, Bestimate LLC was hired by the City of Marshfield Recreation Department to begin preliminary plans for the new Wildwood Zoo Maintenance Building that would give zoo personnel a single building to store and prepare food and medicine for the animals, garage space for vehicles, and a shop. The second floor is office space with big windows overlooking much of the zoo. Bestimate LLC worked with the Recreation Department, as MSA Professional Services planned the site, and Comfort Systems designed the Heating and Ventilation to complete bidding documents distributed in early 2017. Construction began in spring of 2017, per the plans below. By fall, Zoo maintenance personnel moved into their new facility. The first three pictures show the attractive exterior, similar to the Wildwood Pavilion. Two pictures show the stainless steel counters in the kitchen with large sinks to clean up the food containers, PVC walls and ceiling panels, and an epoxy floor for easy cleaning. The shop picture is cluttered with workbenches, tools, and maintenance work in progress. There is also a small room specially equipped to contain sick animals for treatment or that need to be isolated or watched. The last two pictures are the nice conference room upstairs with a view of the zoo.
Bestimate LLC drew plans for a concession building for Tom Gabriel that became Papa Bears Mini Golf in the Town of Rome on Hwy 13 south of Wisconsin Rapids. The mini golf course is awesome, see the pictures. Inside the building are games, snacks and tasty goodies. Have fun.
On this project, Bestimate LLC’s task was to draw an “as built” floor plan, foundation plan, elevations, and cross section plans, with energy and structural calculations, to submit the building, with licensed engineer Steve Kaiser completing the structural engineering, checking and stamping the plans for Wisconsin state approval. See the typical commercial three page plan for state approval. The first four exterior pictures show an attractive rural building to run a small business like Tim Sternitzky, The Maple Dude, does in this building. The 5th and 6th pictures show the rustic store where the Maple Dude processes and sells wonderful maple syrup, and the equipment to process syrup, along with maple cookies and candy, buffalo meat, and various other delicious goodies. The last two pictures show the back room where syrup is processed in the big stainless steel cooker, with storage for syrup and processing and collecting equipment.
Jack Hackman Field has a large baseball field with sheltered stands, which have the perfect view, and a large indoor concessions area. Next to this field are three little league baseball fields, and there is a centrally located restroom facility. The City of Marshfield hired Bestimate LLC to draw plans for a storage facility with matching split faced block walls, green metal trim and shingled roof, and green service doors and rollup doors to accommodate riding lawnmowers, fertilizer, hoses, and similar maintenance material. The plan and specification went out for bids and the pictures show the concrete ready for construction, the interior and various views of the completed building exterior.
Argonne Lumber does a great job providing building materials all over northern Wisconsin from their Argonne Wisc. and Rhinelander Wisc. home centers. Bestimate LLC was hired to draw the state approved plan for a lumber storage for the Rhinelander home center. A fabricator provided the steel racking while Bestimate LLC drew the Plot plan, Floor and Foundation plan, Elevations, and Cross Section plans, and licensed engineer Steve Kaiser completed the structural engineering, checking and stamping the plans for Wisconsin state approval. The building was full of lumber arriving as soon as the contractor had the racking up, for an excellent home center to keep plenty of materials shipping to busy northern builders.
Bestimate LLC drew plans for an B-Side Storage in Auburndale, a ministorage building built by Greg Weinfurter, owner of Weinfurter Construction for state approval. Bestimate LLC can submit buildings that are under 50,000 cu.ft. without hiring an engineer to check and stamp the plans. The state approved plan included a Plot plan, floor plan, foundation plan, Cross Section, and Details, and Bestimate LLC submitted structural calculations done in Strucalc, saving the engineers fee for the owner.
Faber Construction built this 66’ x126’ x 16’ tall ladderframe shop and storage for his own equipment and materials, designed by Bestimate LLC with floor plan, foundation plan, elevations, cross section, and plot plans, with energy and structural calculations per IBC code. The 28’ x 38’ office building in front was designed by others, with concrete and structural by Bestimate LLC The exterior pictures show a very attractive office and shop.
Bestimate LLC took pictures of Cranberry Country Market, an Amish grocery store on the corner of Hwy 21 and 173, built by Ace Construction from Marshfield, Wis. As you can see, the exterior is very attractive, as is the interior nicely finished. It is a state approved, commercial wood ladder frame building system that we have utilized for many kinds of commercial, residential, and agricultural use, that is easily insulated to be very energy efficient. (Click to open plan pages in full size PDFs, click to open full size pictures):
Bestimate LLC drew plans for two ministorage buildings for Dave Brandner, owner of Quality Realty, on the east side of Hwy 13 south of Medford, with state approval. One ministorage has a tall section with a large door where Dave and his son can service the U-Haul trailers they rent out. The remainder of that building and the other building are 10’ x 20’ standard ministorage rentals.
Bestimate LLC drew the state approved plan for Rodney Feltz south of Marshfield on Hwy 13, for this very attractive commercial ladder frame building addition to an existing garage. It is beautifully finished inside with an office and restroom, and well insulated to heat easily, as all new construction should be. (Click to open plan pages in full size PDFs, click to open full size pictures):
Early in 2015, DuWayne Mews, owner of Financial Strategies of Wisconsin LLC, called Bestimate LLC to look at an existing dairy lab building he purchased to design the remodel project for his new business offices. Under the snow in the before picture was a plain building exterior that with Bestimate LLC’s design and contractor Art Young’s workmanship became very attractive, with new stone and lap siding, windows and doors, and with handicapped accessibility. As you walk in the front door, the Financial Strategies Logo on the wall welcomes you into the reception area and comfortable waiting room, down the hall past the new conference room, new handicapped accessible mens and womens restrooms to Duane and son Mark’s offices, including a kitchenette and extra offices, all very nicely finished. Thank you old friend Bill Ploeckelman, owner of B&I Lumber for recommending Bestimate LLC for the design work on this transformative remodel. (Click to open plan pages in full size PDFs, click to open full size pictures):
Bestimate LLC worked with old friend Gary Korpela P.E. to help one of his Automated Products Inc. roof truss customers, Argonne Lumber, Argonne, Wis. with state approval for Northern Motor Sports in Laona, Wis. Inside and out the building is nicely finished, with a neat, attractive woodsy showroom, a clean, bright workbench and repair shop area, and parts storage upstairs. (Click to open plan pages in full size PDFs, click to open full size pictures):
Argonne Lumber, Argonne, Wisc. recommended Bestimate LLC to NailRite Contracting, Eagle River Wis. to draw construction and state approval plans with structural and energy calculations working with Jim Halverson P.E for Boat Sport Marina’s new boat repair shop. Another clean, bright repair shop area. (Click to open plan pages in full size PDFs, click to open full size pictures):
Bestimate LLC drew plans for Seehafer Farm Creamery on Hwy 97 north of Marshfield and state-approved the building, housing the very nicely finished and decorated new retail dairy store where Seehafers pasteurize and bottle fresh milk from the milking parlor behind the store, as well as sell meat from the farm, locally-made cheese, and similar products. Thank you Ken & Karen Seehafer, owners of Seehafer Acres Inc. for using Bestimate LLC for your design, and Bill Ploeckelman, owner of B&I Lumber for recommending Bestimate LLC. Good job Len, owner of Carpentry Plus, for the excellent workmanship inside and out. (Click to open plan pages in full size PDFs, click to open full size pictures):
When Seehafer Refrigeration, Marshfield, Wisconsin needed a new wood ladderframe insulated heated warehouse for dairy products and service vehicles with a loading dock, B&I Lumber recommended Bestimate LLC to draw the plan with structural and energy calculations, working with Halverson Engineering LLC. (Click to open plan pages in full size PDFs, click to open full size pictures):
One of the last jobs I did with my old friend Doug O’Donnell was for Humberto and Anastasia Cano planning the renovation of an old masonry and steelframe building into Supermarket La Central. Bestimate LLC started with a “blank sheet” CAD drawing, measuring and drawing the existing building “as built” plan for a base to know what was there to design the new interior and exterior. Doing this involved many trips, taking pictures, ladders, measuring all inside and out, including the basement. Marshfield Building Inspector Dick Pokorny looked at the building and “as built” building plan and helped to decide how exiting and restrooms could be designed per IBC code. I drew a preliminary plan that had the exterior south western look stucco walls with arches and “clay tile” steel roof panel, very similar in appearance to the pictures, an immense difference from the existing. Listening to Humberto and Anastasia’s wants and needs, an interior floor plan was drawn and evolved through several stages, to be a restaurant and grocery, with a numbered list of what to remove and replace to remodel, insulate, weatherproof, and finish the building inside and out, resulting in a building permit. The pictures show the restaurant turned out a little different than the plan, evolving during construction to be larger than the grocery, and beautifully finished. Driving by at mealtime the lot is full because the authentic Mexican food is delicious. (Click to open plan pages in full size PDFs, click to open full size pictures):
O’Donnell Engineering Associates was an expert on theater construction, having state approved buildings and additions all over the upper Midwest with more than 100 screens. In May 2010 O’Donnell Engineering Associates had Bestimate LLC in their office to update the Rogers Cinema #7 plan in Stevens Point but due to 2010 economics, it was not built. In July 2013, Doug O’Donnell had me update the plan again, and we did submit the state approved plan for Rogers Cinema #7 in Stevens Point by the end of 2013. In early 2014 Rogers Cinema #7 in Stevens Point needed the building resubmitted 40′ tall to accommodate the latest tall screen for its width to keep up with theater competition. Doug O’Donnell passed away in July 2013 at age 87, so I resubmitted the building working with Halverson Engineering. A cold snowy winter held up construction but it is enclosed and inside finish is in progress so that the screen is operational. (Click to open plan pages in full size PDFs, click to open full size pictures):
Gilman Funeral Home, Gilman Wisconsin, one of three owned by Plombon Funeral Home, is a converted residence with additions, and was too small, seating about 50-60, not enough for some funerals. We added a beautiful cathedral ceiling chapel seating 50-60 more, while maintaining the existing seating capability to seat almost 100 with no problem. Bestimate LLC designed new roof framing over the existing roof to eliminate some too flat areas that leaked and blend the new roof nicely together with the existing. Interior and exterior new and old were matched so that you can hardly tell what is new and what is existing, by Contractor Joe Spath’s workmanship. (Click to open plan pages in full size PDFs, click to open full size pictures):
Pine View Auto, Hwy 13 South in Marshfield, state-approved plan by Bestimate LLC in partnership with O’Donnell Engineering Associates. Project management by Bestimate LLC, helping the owner gather and select bids. Opened for business in early September 2013. (Click to open plan pages in full size PDFs, click to open full size pictures):
Tire Town Auto, Hwy 13 South in Marshfield, is a state approved ladderframe commercial service garage where tires are sold, mounted, changed, and repaired in a clean, light, energy efficient building. (Click to open plan pages in full size PDFs, click to open full size pictures):
Zimmerman Bros. unheated storage garage is a typical studframe example with a few modifications for commercial use. (Click to open plan pages in full size PDFs, click to open full size pictures):
When Dick Hebert, the owner of Abares Outer Limits in Marshfield wanted to add to his bar and restaurant with a smoking room per evolving rules, Bestimate LLC drew his state approved plan in one of our first partnerships with O’Donnell Engineering Associates. (Click to open plan pages in full size PDFs, click to open full size pictures):
New Garage for Town of Preston, Adams County Wisconsin, June- November 2011. Bestimate LLC sold the building & assisted with project management for M.P.B. Builders, Ripon WI who was the general contractor. Bestimate LLC drew the state approved plans with structural and energy calculations, with O’Donnell Engineering Associates. (Click to open full size pictures):
New boat repair building for State Central Boat Yard, Friendship, Wisconsin, May- August 2011. Bestimate LLC sold & assisted with project management for M.P.B. Builders, Ripon WI who was the building contractor. (Click to open full size pictures):