Engineering, Architecture, Planning

TKDA Projects Take Top Honors at Minnesota Council of Airports Conference

April 20, 2015

Photo of MCOA Awards

TKDA Aviation Group Manager John Peterson accepted awards along with his clients who received top honors at the MCOA conference. Pictured receiving their awards are, top left, Southwest Minnesota Regional Airport in Marshall, top right, Morris Municipal Airport and bottom, Park Rapids Municipal Airport – Konshok Field.

Three TKDA projects won top honors at the Annual Minnesota Airports Conference recently in St. Cloud, Minn. The 2014 Project of the Year for Key General Aviation Airport Award went to the Park Rapids Municipal Airport – Konshok Field for its crosswind runway and lighting project, allowing the airport to offer improved year-round operations and land aircraft in nearly all wind and weather conditions. Park Rapids also received the Governor’s Award for Airport of the Year. Southwest Minnesota Regional Airport in Marshall was also awarded the Key General Aviation Airport 2014 Project of the Year for the development of a new terminal area that is now shovel-ready for corporate and commercial expansion. The first-ever Business Development/Non-Aeronautical Award went to Morris Municipal Airport for its new hangar, designed to meet a critical aircraft storage need for a growing area business. TKDA was the aviation consultant on these award-winning projects and Aviation Group Manager John Peterson accepted the honors on behalf of TKDA.

TKDA Reselected as Aitkin City Engineer

April 15, 2015

Photo of Dave Salo

David Salo will continue his role as Aitkin’s City Engineer.

TKDA will remain the city engineering firm for Aitkin. The decision was made at the April 7 meeting of the Aitkin City Council after taking recommendations from a subcommittee that considered all proposals.









Austin Utilities Groundbreaking

April 15, 2015

Photo of Austin Utilities Groundbreaking

TKDA CEO Bill Deiter (left) and Architect Peter Brozek (second from right) play in the dirt at the Austin Utilities Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Austin Utilities celebrated their new $16.9M Central Facility with a groundbreaking ceremony this week in Austin, Minnesota. In attendance were Mayor Tom Stiehm, members of the Austin Utilities leadership and the public. Austin Utilities, a municipal provider of electricity, natural gas, and water services, chose TKDA to master plan and design their new central service center which consolidates operations into a single facility while increasing efficiency and productivity. The 102,000 square foot, one-story building includes offices, staff support spaces, repair shops, warehouse, vehicle storage and vehicle maintenance area.

Several energy saving options were explored for the project including solar shading, photovoltaic, and wind turbine energy generation as a means of achieving energy efficiency and as a teaching tool. Some options are being implemented immediately with plans to add others in the future. When the facility is completed in the spring of 2016, it will feature geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting with occupancy sensors, daylight harvesting with solar light tubes, sunshade overhangs, a light colored roof, automatic darkening glazing in the Board and meeting room, and a solar heat recovery wall on the garage. In addition, portions of the building were designed and built to withstand an F2 tornado.

Community Turns out for Groundbreaking for New Schools in Hermantown

April 10, 2015

Hermantown Middle School ground-breaking

The community of Hermantown turned out for the groundbreaking celebration for the new Middle School and High School in Hermantown, Minn.

The approximately $32.5 million project includes converting the existing High School into a Middle School and constructing a new High School as an addition to create a unified campus for both school populations. Some shared features include the new auditorium, music suite, entrances and bus corridors. Work on the site has already begun and will continue through the upcoming school year, with completion of the entire project slated for fall 2016.

The community of Hermantown passed a $48 million referendum in 2013 to fund these improvements, as well as a large renovation project for the Elementary School, which has been ongoing since last October and will be complete for the start of school this fall.

Peter Boyer Named MAC Leader for TKDA

April 6, 2015

Peter Boyer

Peter Boyer, PE, has been named Lead Engineer for all of TKDA’s work for the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

Boyer will be the key client contact and will coordinate design services for all airfield projects at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. He has worked in TKDA’s Aviation Division for more than 25 years and has led numerous projects at MSP, including pavement reconstructions, security gate improvements and the fiber upgrade program.

“Pete has the depth of experience in airfield design and construction oversight to be TKDA’s strong leader in our on-going work at MSP,” said John Ahern, PE and Vice President of TKDA’s Aviation Division.

TKDA is the designated airside engineer for the MAC and has been providing engineering services at MSP for more than 70 years.



North Shore Community School Expands, Sustainably

April 3, 2015

North Shore Community School Ribbon-cutting

Participating in the ribbon-cutting were George Sundstrom and Phil Strom of Affiliated Building Company, which owns the building that the North Shore Community School leases for their charter school.

North Shore Community School recently celebrated their new addition with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by TKDA Project Manager, Brian Morse and Project Architect Greg Cooper. The charter School, sponsored by Wolf Ridge, emphasizes environmental stewardship and hands-on exploration of the natural world. The 10,000 square foot school addition was designed to LEED silver standards and includes four classrooms, an art lab, greenhouse, restrooms, small conference rooms, and support spaces. The mechanical system design included high-efficiency HVAC equipment with displacement demand-ventilation, geothermal heat pumps and low flow plumbing fixtures. Occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting sensors monitor the amount of daylighting in the room and control the LED light fixtures accordingly, significantly reducing energy consumption. In addition, each classroom will use a small passive solar system located along their south-facing windows to harvest heat gained during the day to be released when temperatures drop overnight. TKDA developed an energy model to obtain a 20% energy savings over a conventional code-compliant building.

Bernie Bullert Rejoins TKDA’s Municipal Division

March 10, 2015

Bernie Bullert

Bernie Bullert, PE, is rejoining TKDA’s Municipal Division as a Senior Water/Wastewater Engineer.

Bullert is a well-known and respected leader in the regional and national water/wastewater engineering field. He worked for Saint Paul Regional Water Services for 35 years, 12 of those as general manager for the utility that serves more than 400,000 people. He recently served as Director of Water Treatment and Distribution Services for the City of Minneapolis and during his tenure managed an annual $75 million budget, improved drinking water quality and reduced water losses within the system. For several years, Bullert also served as Group Manager of TKDA’s Water/Wastewater Division.

At TKDA, Bullert will provide consulting services for utility management, planning, operations and capital improvements. He will also provide quality assurance for plans and specifications, as well as constructability and operability review for utility clients.

“With Bernie’s significant experience in managing large water utilities, TKDA strengthens its ability to offer our clients high-level consulting services,” said Dennis Postler, PE, and Vice President of TKDA’s Municipal Division. “We are extremely happy to have Bernie rejoin our team and bring his experience, leadership and long-term relationships to work for our Water/Wasterwater group.”

John Berrigan Joins TKDA’s Municipal Division

February 24, 2015

John Berrigan

John K. Berrigan Jr., PE, joined TKDA as Group Manager of Water/Wastewater in the Municipal Division.

Berrigan is a leader in the water/wastewater engineering field. He has been designing and managing projects for municipal clients in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and industrial clients in Minnesota and worldwide for more than 30 years. He collaborates with facility owners and regulators to provide practical and innovative solutions using a wide spectrum of treatment technologies.

Berrigan works with clients to provide insightful compliance strategy, alternatives analysis, facility planning, and technology selection and procurement. He has a proven track-record leading multi-office and multi-firm design teams and brings extensive experience in providing accurate cost estimating, resourceful value engineering, and strong bid management.

Berrigan has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., holds several U. S. Patents for water and wastewater treatment systems and components, and is the author of numerous articles on water treatment.

“John is recognized as an expert in the water/wastewater field and he brings a wealth of cutting-edge experience to our team,” said Dennis Postler, Vice President of TKDA’s Municipal Division. “He is well known to many of our clients and also brings new relationships to help us grow and strengthen our Municipal Division.”

TKDA staff worked with Berrigan on the recently completed water treatment and storage project for the City of Mankato.

“I am honored to be working with the experienced and capable team at TKDA and look forward to serving our municipal clients in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and our industrial clients to support their operations nationally and globally,” Berrigan said.

Leslee LeRoux Named VP of TKDA’s Marketing Division

February 18, 2015

Leslee LeRoux

Leslee LeRoux was named Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for TKDA.

LeRoux, who worked as Marketing Manager in TKDA’s Duluth office, has a strong background in business development, communications and staff management. Beginning her career as a University of Minnesota journalism graduate, LeRoux held several executive positions in the newspaper industry. Prior to TKDA, she worked as Senior Vice President for Project Management at the Area Partnership for Economic Expansion, a Duluth private sector marketing and business development organization. She also has extensive experience in integrating and developing branch offices in new markets.

“Leslee is a skilled communicator and business developer, experience that aligns with our growth strategies,” said Bill Deitner, TKDA President and CEO. “Leslee has been an excellent member of the TKDA marketing team and we are thrilled to have one of our own employee owners step up to this leadership position.”

Working from Saint Paul, LeRoux will continue to drive marketing efforts in Duluth and throughout TKDA’s additional branch offices in Chicago, Kansas City, Tampa, Irvine (CA) and Seattle. According to LeRoux, “This is an exciting opportunity to lead, refocus and refine an outstanding marketing division as TKDA enters a new phase of growth and market expansion.”

Contact Information:
Leslee LeRoux, Vice President, Marketing/Business Development
444 Cedar Street, Suite 1500, Saint Paul, MN 55101
651.292.4450 | 651.280.9393 cell |

Dennis Postler Named VP of TKDA’s Municipal Division

February 11, 2015

Dennis Postler

Dennis Postler, PE, has been named Vice President of the Municipal Services Division at TKDA.

Postler has worked for 30 years in municipal engineering, serving clients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and California. At TKDA, he takes over a growing division that provides general city engineering services, roadway and public utility design, surveying, planning, transportation studies, and water and wastewater systems for municipalities, agencies, and industrial clients.

“I am proud to take this leadership position at TKDA,” Postler said. “Our team strives to build long-term relationships with our clients, and they trust us to provide on-going, quality services. While we are committed to our broad base of existing clients, our future includes expanding our services into new markets.”

Prior to joining TKDA in 2014, Postler held key leadership positions in other regional engineering firms where he focused on client service, operations, growth strategies, and staff development. At TKDA, he plans to add key leadership positions with expertise in identifying growth markets.