Dear Clients and Community:
As many of you may already be aware, an unfortunate event occurred on May 16th at our Menomonie office location, 604 Wilson Avenue. In the middle of the night, one of the main loadbearing beams in the oldest portion of the building collapsed. This resulted in substantial damage to multiple levels of our building and our office has been vacant since then due to unsafe work conditions.
This building holds significant history to the City of Menomonie and those who reside here. This historic building dates back to 1877 when it was occupied by the Methodist Episcopal Society. In that time, the building went through several renovation and remodeling projects before Cedar Corporation purchased the building in 1979. Upon moving in, the building was remodeled into an office space. This building has a long-standing history with the City of Menomonie and its residents, and its presence has served numerous purposes for multiple organizations providing value to the community.
It is time that we officially announce moving forward with the demolition of this treasured building. The structure was thoroughly reviewed by a Forensic Structural Engineer, along with our structural engineers, and it was determined that it would not be feasible, practical, or safe to save. We understand that this decision may be difficult to understand due to the importance of the building, the loss of history, and any personal ties to our community, but ultimately it came down to the safety of our employees and the public.
Demolition will be completed by August 25. Design and construction plans are currently being evaluated. We acknowledge that there is historical significance of this building, however, we are excited to move forward with a new Menomonie office building expected to be completed in 2025.
In the interim, you can find our staff located at the following addresses until we move into our new office:
2919 Schneider Avenue SE, Menomonie, WI
We are very excited to welcome Kyle Johnson back to Cedar Corporation! Kyle has joined our Municipal Engineering Team as a Construction Manager in our Green Bay office. Kyle is from Howard, WI, and graduated from Bay Port High School. He went on to earn a degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, WI. After graduating, Kyle went to work for Robert E. Lee and Associates as a drafter, inspector, and project manager from 2007 to 2014. In 2014, Kyle came to work for Cedar Corporation as a Construction Manager. In 2018, Kyle decided to work on the government side of engineering for the Village of Howard as a Senior Technician. Five years later we are happy to welcome him back to Cedar and working for the first time in the office he helped create in Green Bay!+ Read More
Despite the rain, we caught a break in the showers in Waupun for the groundbreaking ceremony for their new community center. The new community center is designed as an intergenerational facility and provides opportunities for the entire community. The facility will include space for the Waupun Recreation Department, REACH Waupun, and the Waupun Food Pantry.+ Read More
Cedar Corporation’s Ken Jaworski presented at the Wisconsin Towns Association Convention in Wisconsin Dells yesterday. His topic focused on the following:
Update on the Use of Comprehensive Planning to Guide Utility-Scale (>100 MW) Solar Systems: Due to the national and global efforts to reduce the dependency on fossil fuel consumption, renewable energy project developers are aggressively seeking acreage to site utility-scale solar and wind projects in Wisconsin. Rural towns with large tracts of undeveloped agricultural land next to transmission infrastructure are uniquely positioned to become “hosts” to these large-scale solar energy projects, oftentimes with mixed resident support. Over the last year, growing evidence suggests towns can be proactive through their comprehensive planning efforts (Wis. Stat. §66.1001), to assess and guide where renewable energy projects may be sited to be most advantageous to the town, residents, and landowners. Solar application reviews continue to point to the importance of towns having a compliant (updated within the last 10 years) Comprehensive Plan and having more local input on the siting of solar arrays BEFORE Wisconsin Public Service Commission testimony. This session will discuss, with examples, how towns utilized land use planning to develop criteria that help protect incompatible areas while identifying areas that could accommodate the benefits of renewable energy.