Several members of the TKDA Municipal team will be sharing their expertise at this week’s City Engineers Association of Minnesota’s 2015 Annual Conference in Brooklyn Center.
On Wednesday, Brad Hammerquist, PE, senior registered engineer, will be part of the Trenchless Technologies Buffet session. He will discuss the applicability of the slip line pipe rehabilitation method and how TKDA designed slip linings with fiberglass reinforced pipe for 1.7 miles of the City of St. Cloud’s sewer interceptor system during the last year’s successful rehabilitation project. Our own Jim Studenski, PE, a senior registered engineer, will moderate this session.
On Thursday, Jim Studenski will moderate a session on MN 2050, with colleague Tom Eggum, a senior TKDA consultant, presenting on the efforts to educate Minnesotans on the importance of investing in public infrastructure. MN 2050 is an engineering-led effort that began in 2009 and this session update conference participants on the program’s impact, progress and ways to get involved.
The conference will be held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center Wednesday through Friday. For a complete list of presentations at CEAM 2015, log on to http://goo.gl/YG8BjC
TKDA recently added several new employees across multiple divisions and offices.
Registered Architect Wes Stabs, AIA, joined the Duluth office.
Several graduate engineers joined the firm, including Joel Hinnenkamp, Surface Transportation in Saint Paul; Will DeRocher, Municipal Services in Duluth, and Matthew Archer, Rail in Irvine, Calif.
Mechanical engineering designers Steven Fluger and Jim Nania joined Facilities Engineering in Saint Paul and architectural designer Itzi Velazquez was hired in Rail in Chicago.
Darrin Kiefer, Senior Human Resources Specialist and Office Assistant Martin Brueggemann also joined the Saint Paul office.
Andrew Penkava, PE, who joined the Structural Division in Saint Paul earlier this year, has recently been licensed as a professional engineer.
Top Row from Left to Right: Wes Stabs, Joel Hinnenkamp, Will DeRocher. Center Row from Left to Right: Matthew Archer, Steven Fluger, Jim Nania, Itzi Velazquez. Bottom Row from Left to Right: Darrin Kiefer, Martin Brueggemann, Andrew Penkava.
Joseph Weaver, PE, has been promoted to Highway Group Manager in the Surface Transportation Division at TKDA.
Weaver has nearly 30 years of experience in all phases of highway engineering and project management. In his 18 years at TKDA, he has provided key engineering expertise and led the design team on numerous highway projects in Minnesota, including the Elk Run Interchange, I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge, and Trunk Highway 610 Continuation Project in Maple Grove.
Weaver succeeds Tim Chalupnik, who has been a leader in the Surface Transportation Division for 23 years. Chalupnik will be phasing into retirement beginning in January 2015.
“I am leaving the Highway Group in good hands with Joe as the manager,” Chalupnik said. “Joe is a true professional who combines exceptional technical expertise with outstanding client service.”
Chalupnik will continue to work for TKDA on a part-time basis as a senior engineer and advisor to the Highway Group.
“Tim has provided strong leadership, technical expertise, and mentorship,” said Kevin Cullen, PE, Vice President of the Surface Transportation Division. “He has set a high standard and will continue to be a valued resource for Joe and all of us at TKDA as we continue to provide quality service to our clients.”
TKDA President and CEO Bill Deitner talks about TKDA’s long history in Saint Paul and its growth plans for the future in this new interview with the Pioneer Press.
TKDA is a sponsor and a member of our team will be presenting at the 29th Annual Conference on the Environment, Collaborative Partnerships and Environmental Success in St. Paul this week. Stop by the U of M Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul campus Wednesday and take in the sessions. The event is sponsored by the Central States Water Environmental Association, Minnesota Section and the Air & Waste Management Association, Upper Midwest Section. For more information, log onto www.awma-ums.org/calendar/2014-conference-environment.
View a time-lapse video of Duluth’s historic Wade Stadium restoration currently in progress. TKDA is working with the City to complete the design for the Stadium’s renovation and field updates. The facility is expected to be ready in time for the 2015 baseball season.
Since 1981, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce has celebrated small business success with the Deubener Small Business Awards. This year, TKDA was named one of three finalists in the For Profit Service Category, and was recognized last night (Nov. 6th) at the annual Chamber Honors Gala. Nominees were judged for their Growth, Excellence, Risk, Diversity and Innovation. Mayor Chris Coleman gave opening remarks, and referenced TKDA’s growth in staff size as one of the many recent signs of business success in Saint Paul.
TKDA is celebrating the expansion and renovation of its office space in downtown Saint Paul.
The $1.5 million project accommodates significant growth for the engineering, architectural and planning firm. In the last two years, TKDA has added nearly 70 new hires and now employs more than 240 people, and about 200 of them work in newly remodeled offices on five floors of the UBS Building.
While the space looks and feels new, TKDA is a long-time Saint Paul business. Company founders opened the original offices in 1910, just four blocks from its current location.
“For the past 104 years TKDA has been invested in Saint Paul and this project continues our commitment to downtown,” said Bill Deitner, PE, President and CEO. “We were able to expand and improve our office space and that positions us very well for the future.”
TKDA has been involved in the design of some very high-profile projects over the years, from familiar landmarks like the Conservatory at Como Park and the Wabasha Street and Robert Street Bridges, to some very recent downtown infrastructure improvements, such as the new METRO Green Line, the Lowertown Ballpark, and the renovation of the Union Depot.
The office project was celebrated today with a ribbon cutting and company-wide celebration attended by Mayor Chris Coleman, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Kramer and nearly all of the TKDA employees who work in downtown Saint Paul.
For more information, read the November 8 article in Finance Commmerce..
The video of Wade Stadium this morning shows that the field’s new AstroTurf has been laid and restoration work on the historic ballpark in Duluth is progressing. In addition to the new turf, renovations to the 1941 ballpark include extensive demolition, repair and restoration of the brick work, stormwater and electrical upgrades as well as new field lighting. TKDA is the lead architects and engineers on the project, working with contractor Kraus-Anderson for the City of Duluth.
Adam Krych was the 2014 recipient of the TKDA University of Minnesota-Duluth scholarship awarded recently at the Engineering and Industry Banquet in October. Adam is from Andover, Minn., and will graduate in May with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UMD’s Swenson College of Science and Engineering. TKDA’s Brian Morse, AIA, Senior Architect, right, also attended the banquet and presented Adam with the award.