Doka’s Forming System Speeds Construction
of the Eden Prairie Windsor Plaza
It is no secret that time is money in the retail industry. Retailers will rise to the occasion against impossible deadlines to launch a product before the winter holiday season, or work around the clock to get a store open as soon as possible. Such is the case for the Windsor Plaza – a new shopping center in Eden Prairie, Minn.
Once complete at the end of this year, Windsor Plaza, located at Highway 212 and Singletree Lane, will include 35,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level, including two 7,000-square-foot, casual-dining restaurants. It also will include 110,000 square feet of office space on the building's top four floors. Located adjacent to the Erie Prairie Center mall, the development is recognized as one of the first steps in Eden Prairie's plan to create a town center that will bring developments closer to the street and make the area more walkable.
Construction on the precast building began in February and with a completion date scheduled for later this year, every day counts. According to Adrians Bekeris, Doka Account Manager, the owner needed to get the core erected as quick as possible and they did not have access to a large crane. As such, Northland Concrete and Masonry, the project’s concrete contractor, chose Doka’s lightweight Frami framed formwork system because it does not require the use of a crane for assembly in the field and it allows for easy and quick repositioning.
Doka supplied 4,000-square-feet of Frami wall formwork, MF240 Rollback climbing system as well as shaft platforms. In addition, Doka supplied Framax stripping corners for the cores since they were very small on the interior and field technicians provided training and onsite assistance.
“It was great working with the field personnel from Northland Concrete and Masonry. Being long- time handset users, they quickly adapted and understood the simplicity of the Frami system,” said Adrians Bekeris, Doka Account Manager.
“I have used many different forming systems and Doka is the fastest, easiest to use and safest,” said Tim Browen, field foreman at Northland Concrete and Masonry.
With nearly 50 years experience in formwork engineering, DOKA serves customers in more than 35 countries and has participated in construction of some of the world’s best-known structures including the world’s tallest skyscraper (Burj Dubai), the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, along with many other projects of all sizes. From wall and slab formwork systems to automatic climbing technology and superior safety solutions, Doka can deliver any type of formwork needed for residential, industrial, commercial, transportation, infrastructure as well as stadium and sports arena projects. For more information, please visit
www.dokausa.com, or call 877-DOKA-USA.