By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN Last May, a father-and-son team of engineers purchased the building at 301 Atlantic Avenue in Dassel, formerly Robert Wilde Studios, transforming it into office spaces and a special events room.
The Bekkalas father Andrew, and sons Eldon and Gordon had been looking for space to establish themselves as a local business. The Bekkalas own BE CAD, specializing in the manufacturing and design of automated and lean equipment that make products more efficiently and with less waste.
When they walked into the building, they immediately saw the potential.
“It was an under-utilized space,” Gordon said, noting the potential office space that is now being rented by Bludorn Builders and Xpress Designs. The Natural Nook and Education Center is also located inside.
They also found that by purchasing the former print and art studio (which closed in December 2012), they were contributing to the revitalization of downtown Dassel.
Since purchasing the building, the Bekkalas have transformed the space by removing a drop ceiling that covered 1,800 square feet in the front of the building, replaced the flooring, windows, door and light fixtures, and added fresh paint to the walls.
The Bekkalas are referring to the building as The Atlantic, and the space in the front is available to the public to rent for special events. Call (320) 241-3385 for details.