Berglund Makes its Mark in Minnesota

This year, Berglund Construction is making its mark in Minnesota with two high-profile restoration projects in Duluth.

At the Gerald W. Heaney Federal Building and US Courthouse, we are undertaking terra cotta repairs and restoration on the four-story building, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Two miles away, Berglund crews are restoring the historic masonry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

The projects demonstrate Berglund’s diverse capabilities to undertake sensitive façade restoration projects on different building types throughout the Midwest. In addition to Minnesota, we have ongoing projects underway throughout Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Ohio.

“Our unique combination of technical expertise and excellent craftsmanship has proven to work well in many different markets,” said Eric Dexter, who is overseeing the Federal Courthouse work. “No matter the project or location, our focus on client satisfaction shines through.”

Our work at the Duluth Federal Courthouse centers on restoring the building’s terra cotta cornice. With our self-perform workforce, we are replacing existing terra cotta units in kind as needed. Where possible, we are repairing existing terra cotta by patching and recoating it. We are also repointing all mortar joints and installing through-wall flashing. Finally, we are installing new copper roofing to replicate the original.

At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, we are repointing the mortar throughout the historic limestone façade. At the bell tower, we are replacing damaged limestone in kind and rebuilding significant sections of the parapet walls. The work began in July and is on time to finish by the end of the year.

“Berglund has a vast resume of work on religious structures,” said John Orr, who is overseeing the work at the church. “By leveraging that experience, we’ve found ways to deliver greater value for our clients in Duluth.”