Commercial Painting | St. Cloud Technical And Community College BookStore

This spring, we were fortunate to partner with Gopher State Contractors for the remodel of the BookStore at St. Cloud Technical and Community College in St. Cloud, MN! This custom commercial project was started in Jan. 2018, with work finishing in April. The Colorful Concepts team was on-site for about 10 weeks.

Our very own Operations Manager Chris Jensen provided expertise on this project. The St. Cloud Technical and Community College BookStore project went extremely smoothly. Let’s see what happened.

St. Cloud Technical And Community College BookStore, St. Cloud, MN

St. Cloud Technical and Community College is a community and technical college in St. Cloud, Minnesota, founded in 1948. It is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. St. Cloud Technical and Community College has many types of classes and degrees to offer students, granting A.A., A.S. and A.A.S. degrees in several majors.

Located at 1540 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, the BookStore opened on March 22 in a brand new space with help from Colorful Concepts and Gopher State Contractors. The new BookStore also hosts the Common Grounds coffee shop. With a spacious, open layout, the BookStore serves the student, faculty and staff communities well.


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Paint and primer was purchased from Sherwin-Williams for this project and customized to the BookStore architect’s specifications.

For paint from Sherwin-Williams, we utilized:

  • ProMar 200 eggshell on interior walls; and,
  • Pro Industrial High Performance Semi-Gloss on all interior door frames.


For this 2-½ month long project a team of four was used. With two senior field applicators and two field applicators, the four typically worked one-at-a-time on the project. Brett Ness did the primary painting on the job, while Jeff Kerfeld worked on the extras and touch-up at the end. Jeff also worked closely with the architect, as there were color changes made later in the project.


The biggest challenge for our team was working inside a busy, active college campus. Team members took extra care to keep work spaces clean, and not disrupt classes at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. The college team appreciated our care and thought in this area.

Another challenge came partway through the project, when the architect changed and added colors after we’d already completed our primary paint job. This lead us to have to repaint numerous areas.

Why Gopher State Contractors Chose Colorful Concepts Painting

With more than 32 years of experience, Gopher State Contractors know what they’re doing and know who they trust. They know Colorful Concepts Painting & Custom Finishing is a reliable painting partner. We provide high quality service while meeting the tight schedules and demands of exacting clients.