Engineering, Architecture, Planning

Joseph Weaver to Lead TKDA’s Highway Group

December 8, 2014

Joseph Weaver, PE

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.”

Interview with TKDA’s Chief Executive Officer

November 17, 2014

Bill Deitner

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 to present at Conference on the Environment

November 17, 2014

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

Duluth Wade Stadium Renovation

November 13, 2014

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.





TKDA Recognized for Small Business Success

November 7, 2014

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 Celebrates Office Expansion, Remodel

November 6, 2014

TKDA Saint Paul Office Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

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..

Wade Stadium Field Work Progressing

October 24, 2014

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.




TKDA Scholarship Awarded at UMD Banquet

October 21, 2014

2014 Scholarship Recipient

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.

Community Turns Out for Hermantown Elementary School Groundbreaking

October 9, 2014

Hermantown Elementary School Groundbreaking

A large crowd awash with Hawk Pride joined in to celebrate the groundbreaking on the new addition and renovation project at Hermantown Elementary School. The Oct. 8 event marked the construction start on the approximately $9 million project that will add new classrooms and a gymnasium. Other improvements include remodeling throughout the school, kitchen renovations and a new mechanical system for the facility. Construction will be ongoing throughout the school year, with project completion expected by the opening of school in the fall of 2015.

The community of Hermantown passed a $48 million referendum in 2013 to fund the elementary school improvements, as well as to convert the current high school to a middle school and design and build a new high school as an addition to that facility. That project is currently in the planning stages, with construction expected to start in the spring of 2015.

TKDA is collaborating with Wold Architects on the building design. Kraus-Anderson is the Construction Manager for the project.

Jeff Hilden Joins TKDA Transportation Team

September 25, 2014

Jeff Hilden

Jeff Hilden

Jeff Hilden, PE, PTOE, has joined TKDA’s Surface Transportation Division as a Senior Transportation Engineer.

Hilden has nearly 30 years of experience working on roadway and traffic engineering projects for state, county, and municipal clients in Minnesota and throughout the United States. His expertise includes traffic operations analysis, environmental documentation, preliminary and final design, and preparation of plans and specifications for roadways, maintenance of traffic, construction staging, traffic signals, signing, striping, and lighting.

Hilden joins the firm after leading the traffic engineering team on the award-winning TH 169 /
I-494 Interchange Reconstruction Project in the Twin Cities and, most recently, the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I worked with Jeff on the TH 169 / I-494 project and was impressed by his strong, steady leadership,” said Kevin Cullen, PE, Vice President of TKDA’s Surface Transportation Division. “Jeff kept a large team on task and on budget, and clearly communicated expectations. We are very happy to have Jeff join the TKDA team. His leadership skills and his long-term relationships will help us better serve our transportation clients.”

Hilden received his Civil Engineering degree from South Dakota State and is registered as a Professional Engineer and certified as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. He is active in professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Minnesota Surveyors and Engineers Society.

“I am excited to join the TKDA team and contribute to the great work they do with state, county, and municipal transportation clients,” Hilden said.