Brainerd Historic Water Tower
Saving the City’s Beacon
Brainerd’s historic water tower has served as one of the community’s most significant icons for decades. Built over 100 years ago using an innovative, but untested, reinforced concrete construction method, the tower has always been as complex to maintain as it is stunning to behold. Due to its importance to the community, the decision to continue its maintenance has always been one to receive enthusiastic public support.
LHB, in partnership with New History, initially provided a historic structures report and condition assessment that prioritized the rehabilitation needs of the water tower in 2016. In 2019, our team designed phased documents to implement the recommendations outlined in the Historic Structures Report and developed construction drawings, specifications, and a cost estimate for a replacement roof for the water tower. The first phase of this work was completed in December 2022. Our Integrated Design Team is currently working with the structural engineers from our Bridge group on the next phase of design to completely rehabilitate the exterior of the tower.