Ziegler – Buhl, MN
This project for Ziegler Inc., a Caterpillar dealer, consists of an expansion to existing office space and the addition of two new buildings designed to handle assembly, maintenance, and service for mining trucks used in Minnesota’s Iron Range. Because these vehicles are too tall and wide to travel on public highways, they’re shipped to the site in pieces and then welded together. To accommodate their immense size, the welding shop features 35-foot high doors (equivalent to three stories high), 80-foot ceilings, cranes to assist in assembly, and a system to recycle and filter air. The mining equipment is cleaned using high pressure hoses and water cannons in the 15,000 sf wash bay. A series of three holding pools allows the dirt to settle and water to be reused. As the pits fill with soil, front end loaders come down the ramps, scoop up the dirt and take it away to a recycling area.