Cory Leemon, center, is the 2014 TKDA University of Minnesota scholarship recipient. He recently visited TKDA in St. Paul and met with Dean Johnson, AIA, Vice President Architecture, left, and Brian Fitzgerald, AIA. His visit also included a tour of TKDA’s offices, and a discussion with Greg Barlow, Vice President, Human Resources/Administration. A first-year student in the U of M’s College of Design, Leemon says he “sees architecture as the highest art form.” TKDA awards an annual endowment scholarship at the University of Minnesota, alternating scholarships for students in the College of Design and the College of Science and Engineering.
From left to right: Tim Rapoport, Robert Melle, Andy Penkava, Matthew Arnold, Nicole Shoeberl, and Ashley Hammerbeck.
TKDA added several new employees to accommodate increasing workload demands.
Five engineering professionals joined TKDA’s Facilities Engineering Division. Timothy Rapoport, PE, is a senior registered engineer with more than 17 years of experience in structural design. Also joining the team are Robert Melle, an electrical engineer with more than 30 years of design experience; Andrew Penkava, EIT, graduate structural engineer; Matthew Arnold, electrical designer, and Nicole Schoeberl, mechanical designer.
Ashley Hammerbeck, EIT, a graduate engineer with a M.S. in environmental engineering, joined the Water/Wastewater group in the Municipal Services Division.
“We are pleased to welcome our new employees who will help us handle additional project demands and bring fresh talent to our team,” said William Deitner, PE, TKDA President and CEO.
TKDA was awarded the predesign project of Nemzek Hall on the campus of Minnesota State University in Moorhead.
The project includes the development of a predesign study for the renovation of the student athletic facility that was built in 1959, and includes a 1971 addition with a remodel in 1987.
TKDA will undergo facility assessments and host stakeholder meetings to explore ideas and options to prioritize and plan improvements for Nemzek Hall. The study is expected to be completed by October 2014.
Two TKDA projects were honored recently at a banquet in Alexandria presented by the Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota. Joe Weaver, PE, accepted the award for the Elk Run Interchange and Geoff Senn, PE, accepted the award for the North Apron Expansion at the Humphrey Terminal at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
For the Elk Run project, TKDA designed the new Trunk Highway 52 interchange in Pine Island and Oronoco, Minn., that featured a Diverging Diamond Interchange, the first of its kind in the state of Minnesota and one of only a few in the United States. This innovative interchange improves the efficiency of turning traffic and minimizes conflicts by changing the traditional traffic flow. Other benefits of this type of interchange include the ability to accommodate higher traffic volumes with improved safety, traffic calming, simple two-phase signal operation, and easy pedestrian/bicycle access. TKDA was responsible for all aspects of the project’s design, including three multi-lane roundabouts on the county road system. The roundabouts, along with the new interchange, were designed to support the area’s increasing traffic levels as well as the community’s plans for expansion. The project was completed in 2013.
The project at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport provides for expansion of the existing Terminal 2 Humphrey Apron to accommodate future aircraft gate positions. Construction included both daytime and nighttime operations, and was phased to accommodate continuous airport operations. Work included storm sewer, glycol line, fuel line, fuel pit, duct bank, and airfield lighting installations. The new airfield apron pavement was constructed utilizing 18-inch Portland cement concrete.
As local Merit Award winners, both projects are eligible to be considered at the national level for an American Concrete Pavement Association Excellence in Concrete Pavement award.
TKDA staff took to the phones during the recent WDSE-WRPT Public Television spring pledge drive in Duluth. TKDA has a 25-year history supporting public television and sponsors programming in the Twin Cities and Northland markets.
TKDA has been chosen by the Hermantown School Board as the Architect of Record for its new school improvement projects.
TKDA is partnering with Wold Architects to convert the current high school to a middle school, design a new high school as an addition to that complex and complete a major addition and renovation to the elementary school. TKDA will also design site improvements to the school campus.
Last November, Hermantown voters approved a $48.9 million referendum to fund the school projects.
“We have worked with the Hermantown School District for more 20 years, and we are honored they chose to continue that relationship and award us the new school improvement projects,” said TKDA Project Manager Ron Stanius, AIA. “We look forward to working with the board and the Hawk Pride committee to design new school additions and improvements that will serve students, staff and the community for generations to come.”
Design and construction work on the projects is expected to be ongoing over the next three years.
TKDA assisted the City of St. Cloud on a slip line rehabilitation of 10,000 feet of the City’s sanitary sewer interceptor system. Twenty-foot segments of 54-inch diameter fiberglass pipe are continuously inserted into the existing pipe greatly minimizing costs and surface disruptions while extending the lifetime of the system.
Jeff Lipovetz has joined TKDA, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the mining sector to the engineering, architectural and planning firm that has served industrial clients for more than 100 years.
Lipovetz has worked in Minnesota, Michigan, Canada and Venezuela in technical and operational mining positions, including roles as vice president and general manager.
TKDA has a long-term history of providing heavy industrial engineering applications to a diverse group of clients, and Lipovetz will lead new efforts to offer these quality integrated services to the mining sector.
“TKDA is known for delivering facilities infrastructure, rail, energy, transportation and waste-water solutions for our clients, so leveraging our expertise in these areas to serve the mining industry is a natural fit,” said Bill Deitner, PE, TKDA President and CEO. “We are excited to have Jeff on our team, leading efforts to build new relationships in this market.”
Lipovetz, a native of Hibbing, Minn., will act as TKDA’s Mining Market Manager in the firm’s Saint Paul office.
“TKDA provides quality services and solid solutions to its clients and I look forward to expanding the firm’s strong capabilities in the mining sector,” Lipovetz said.
Accepting awards for TKDA at the recent American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota banquet were, from left, Matt Christensen, PE, SE; Tom Parker, PE; President and CEO Bill Deitner, PE, SE; Brian Kelley; Jim Bellefeuille, PE, who was project manager for the Van White Memorial Boulevard project; and Mark Daubenberger, PE.
TKDA was presented with a 2014 Engineering Excellence Grand Award for the Van White Memorial Boulevard project at the recent American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC/MN) banquet in Minneapolis.
TKDA was the City of Minneapolis’ lead design engineer on the project, named for Van White, the city’s first African-American council member who for years championed a transportation connection between North Minneapolis and downtown. The boulevard includes a two-lane roadway, a multi-use trail and three bridges to create a corridor for traffic, bicyclists, and pedestrians to travel between two areas separated for decades by freeways, a creek, rail corridors and industrial storage yards.
TKDA was also on the Jacobs Engineering team for the Highway 169/I-494 Interchange Reconstruction project that won the first ever ACEC Grand Conceptor Award, voted the year’s top project. TKDA was the design partner for roundabouts, bridges, drainage and utilities.
TKDA teamed with URS on the renovation of the Union Depot, which won an Honor Award. TKDA provided mechanical and electrical engineering services, building fire protection systems, and railroad coordination.
“We take great pride in what we do and it is always an honor to be recognized by our peers,” said Bill Deitner, PE, President and CEO of TKDA. “Each of these projects represents improvement to transportation systems in the Metro and it is gratifying to receive these honors for the contributions of our hard-working engineers.”
In 2011, TKDA, a 100 percent employee-owned engineering, architectural and planning firm, was named Firm of the Year by ACEC Minnesota.
Tom Parker, PE
Tom Parker, PE, a civil engineer with extensive highway experience, has joined TKDA’s Surface Transportation Division as a Senior Highway Engineer.
Parker has 35 years of experience working on both state and county transportation and highway projects. His expertise includes the planning, preliminary design, environmental documentation and final design on roads, bridges and trails.
Most recently he was the Planning Design Manager for the award-winning TH169 and I-494 Interchange Reconstruction Project in the Twin Cities.
“I am excited to bring my years of transportation experience and long-term relationships to my new role at TKDA,” Parker said.
Parker is very active in professional organizations and has held executive positions in both the American Council of Engineering Companies and Minnesota Surveyors and Engineers Society.
“We are very pleased to welcome Tom to our transportation team,” said Kevin Cullen, PE and Vice President of TKDA’s Surface Transportation Division. “Tom is a great asset to our already strong team and we look forward to leveraging his experience.”