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Wind Energy Blows into Gladbrook-Reinbeck Elementary & Middle Schools-Students learn about the Vienna Wind Project

November 30, 2012
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Gladbrook-Reinbeck Elementary and Middle School students may be your new resource for information on wind energy! Team members from Mortenson Construction, the contractor building the Vienna Wind project in Marshall and Tama Counties, recently led presentations at the schools, in which nearly 130 students learned about renewable energy, building wind farms, construction careers, and the project being built near their communities. According to Project Engineer, Brenton Johnson, students asked questions about how the large cranes are moved to do workers on site get to break for lunch. Using their book, “Catch the Wind,” Mortenson team members have presented to over 12,000 students across the US and Canada. “Catch the Wind” was created by Mortenson to teach elementary-age children about wind energy, introduce them to construction careers, and provide team members with an opportunity to build relationships within the communities where they work and office. Visit to learn more about Mortenson’s school visit program, and book “Catch the Wind.” The Vienna Wind Project, being developed by MidAmerican Energy, will produce 105.8 megawatts of electricity. To date, Mortenson and MidAmerican have completed seven projects together, providing nearly 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy to approximately 250,000 households. About Mortenson Founded in 1954, Mortenson Construction is a Minneapolis-based, family-owned construction company. Ranked as the 19th largest contractor in America and the 11th largest power contractor, according to Engineering News-Record, Mortenson provides a complete range of services, including planning, program management, preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, design-build and turnkey development.

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Superintendent, Paul Shaw shares his construction knowledge with students at Gladbrook-Reinbeck Middle School.



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