The Storm Lake High School project will involve additions as well as remodeling of the full existing high school.
The Storm Lake High School project will involve additions as well as remodeling of the full existing high school.
October 17, 2013

Badding Construction has embarked on the single-largest building project in its 60-year history - a period in which the firm has constructed dozens of landmarks in western and central Iowa.

School board members in Storm Lake on Oct. 9 awarded Carroll-based Badding the $19.7-million remodeling-and-renovation project for Storm Lake High School.

"We're excited that Badding got the contract," said Storm Lake Superintendent Dr. Carl Turner.

The project includes the addition of 750-seat auditorium, the construction of a new science center, ninth-grade wing, auxiliary gym and renovation of the entire current high school, built in 1962.

"Every part of the high school will be touched in some way," Turner said.

Badding's bid came in about $1 million lower than a competing one from Woodruff Construction of Ames, Turner said.

The high school project bundles mechanical, electrical and general construction work.

"It's great work for our crew and our people," said Nick Badding, president of Badding Construction. "I'm excited for our people."

Badding said the auditorium in particular is a visually striking facility.

The successful bid means work for local subcontractors as well, Badding noted. For example, Drees Co. of Carroll will be doing the electrical work on the school.

Construction could start as soon as this fall with an expected completion date in January 2016.

Turner said one of the challenges will be managing construction with ongoing classes.

"We have to do it in phases because the kids will still be going to school," Turner said.

Storm Lake Community School District taxpayers are funding the project through local-option sales-tax revenues and an increase to the physical plant and equipment levy.

The following is a listing of key Badding Construction projects:


Depot Business Center; Pizza Ranch; Carroll Apothecary; Spring Valley Wireless/Verizon; Hibbett Sporting Goods; Fastenal; Culver's Restaurant; Marilyn Setzler home remodel; New Opportunities Head Start; St. Lawrence Fellowship Hall; Carroll Dental Associates; Farner-Bocken maintenance garage; Graham Park Tennis Complex; St. Anthony Regional Hospital Clinic renovation; St. Anthony cancer treatment area and lab renovation; Carroll Recreation Center family changing area; Carroll County State Bank.

St. Anthony outpatient addition, clinic Addition, medical/surgical expansion, Nursing Home addition and remodeling and surgery expansion; Carroll Fire Station; Carroll Police Station renovation; Wittrock Motors expansion; Swan Lake Conservation Center; Carroll Skate Park; Carroll Corridor of Commerce phases 2, 3, 5 and 6.

Carroll High School, Carroll High School library expansion; Town & Country Travel; Carroll Community School District bus garage; Carroll Community School District Voc-Ag Building; Region 12 Western Iowa Transit; Agri-Bolt; Carroll Daily Times Herald remodeling; Prenger's Slumberland; Motor Inn Motors exterior remodeling.

Bishop Greteman Center, Des Moines Area Community College second and third expansions; Department of Transportation maintenance garage.

Paul & Wayne's (Performance Tire & Service) addition; Kasperbauer Cleaners; Bloomer's Sports Bar; New Hope Village main complex; Farmers Livestock building; Tractor Supply; First Federal Bank (Bank of the West); Fullerton Lumber (Schroeder's Siding); Star Drug (Schwesiers Clothing).

Carroll Middle School; Herman Ford (Champion Ford Lincoln Mercury); Pella Corp. second expansion; Farner-Bocken office and warehouse facility; Farner-Bocken freezer expansions; Sernett's Department Store warehouse (Quebecor); United Bank of Iowa; Iowa Savings Bank addition; Depot exterior renovation; J.C. Penney; Carroll Twin Theatres; Watters Building; The Legal Building (Barry and Dave Bruner's office); SmartMoves; L.A. Smith warehouse expansion; and Old Alley Mall expansion.


Denison Middle School; Crawford County Jail; Crawford County Trust & Savings Bank; Denison High School addition; Peterson Manufacturing; Denison Auditorium addition; United Bank of Iowa remodeling; Norelius Community Library; Denison Aquatic Center; Denison Armory; 1st National Bank; Denison Municipal Utilities; Professional Computer Systems; Heritage Bank; Crawford County Hospital addition and remodeling; Adams Motor Company addition and remodeling; Eventide Nursing Home addition; Denison Child Care Center; Ampride truck stop; Denison Fire Station; Chevron Fertilizer building.


Cass County Memorial Hospital addition and remodeling; Heritage House Nursing Home remodeling; Iowa Western Community College.


Mrytue Memorial Hospital addition and remodeling; Concerned, Inc.


Alumni Hall remodeling; Veterinary Medicine addition; Printing and Publication Building remodeling.

Lake City

Opportunity Living; Macke Motor expansion and remodeling.

Coon Rapids

Sperry One Stop convenience store; Coon Rapids-Bayard school addition; ET Video; Macke Motors; Coon Rapids Municipal facility.

Other projects

Boyer Valley Community School; HMGP Safe Room in Boone; Lakes Regional Health Center in Spirit Lake; Stuart Medical Clinic in Stuart; Audubon County Memorial Hospital clinic remodel; Templeton Community Center; Jefferson Telephone Company remodel; Madrid High School addition and remodel; Southern Cal School District addition and remodel; Scranton Public Library; Rockwell City-Lytton School District; West Central Cooperative office addition and remodeling; Ogden Middle School; Ogden High School addition and remodel.

Auburn Streetscape; Howe Elementary School in Ogden; St. Anthony Clinics in Breda, Glidden and Westside; Elk Horn-Kimballton school addition; Fonda Food Store; Farnhamville Cooperative; Arcadia cooperative office: Storm Lake Nursing Home; Mister D's in Glidden; Bayard school gym; Glidden-Ralston school addition; Wells Fargo Bank remodeling in Denison, Jefferson and Perry; Dunlap Wellness Center; Jefferson Scranton Middle School; Sernett's store in Creston.