Engineering, Architecture, Planning

TKDA Food Drive Helps Those in Need

August 18, 2015

photos of donation check delivery

Left Photo: Leslee LeRoux presents Anders Ringdalh-Mayland, In-Kind Donations Coordinator for Neighborhood House, with a donation of $2,382.
Right: Leslee LeRoux presents Christine Pulver, Director of Basic Needs at Keystone Community Services, with a donation of $2,382.

TKDA donated a total of $4,764 to two Saint Paul organizations recently through our Fill a Lunch Box food drive. The donations represent $2,382 from employees and an equal company match.

We delivered $2,382 to Neighborhood House, located in the Wellstone Center across the Robert Street Bridge. The organization donates more than 3,000 pounds of food per week to Ramsey County families in need. Through its distribution and donation networks, Neighborhood House triples the value of each donated dollar to purchase food for its food shelves, where 50 percent of those served are children.

We also delivered $2,382 to Keystone Community Services, an organization that serves families in need from the greater Midway area, the North End and the northern suburbs of Saint Paul. The cash donation comes at a critical time for the organization that saw its food costs go up 50 percent in July. Summer demands on food shelves increases dramatically when families cannot rely on free breakfast and lunch programs through their children’s schools.

Both organizations expressed deep gratitude to TKDA and all of its employees who made a donation during a time of high demand on local food shelves.

Shawn Meyer Receives Professional Land Surveying License

June 26, 2015

Shawn Meyer

Shawn Meyer has received his Professional Land Surveyor License.

Meyer, a Professional Land Surveyor with TKDA in Duluth, has more than eight years of industry experience and is a graduate of St. Cloud State University. He has a broad range of experience, including survey work for railroad, road, power line, and pipe line projects.






TKDA Announces New Hires in all Divisions

June 12, 2015

2015 New Hires

Top Row, left to right: James Garmaker, Michael Mueller, Amanda Kieffer, Gerard Gubash, Ian Johnson, Aaron Johnson.
Bottom Row, left to right: Jorge Espinoza, Jonathan Lopez, Thomas Metry, Michael Iallonardo, Benjamin Johnson, Nathan DuBois.

TKDA recently added several new employees across all divisions and at multiple offices.

Senior Registered Mechanical Engineer, James Garmaker, joined the Facilities Engineering Division in Saint Paul. Registered Architect, Michael Mueller, joined the Rail Division in Chicago.

Several Graduate Engineers joined the firm, including Amanda Kieffer and Gerard Gubash, Facilities Engineering, Ian Johnson, Municipal Services, and Aaron Johnson, Rail, all in Saint Paul; Jorge Espinoza and Jonathan Lopez, Rail in Irvine, CA.

Electrical Engineering Designers, Thomas Metry and Michael Iallonardo joined Rail in Saint Paul and Duluth, respectively. Civil Engineering Technicians, Benjamin Johnson and Nathan DuBois joined Aviation, both in Saint Paul.

Zitzow Joins TKDA Aviation Team

June 12, 2015

Matthew Zitzow

Matthew Zitzow, PE, has joined TKDA’s Saint Paul office as a Senior Registered Engineer in the Aviation Division.

Zitzow has over 12 years of civil engineering experience, and has provided airport design and project management services for the Metropolitan Airports Commission’s (MAC) six reliever airports, as well as Cambridge, Mora and Forest Lake Municipal Airports. He is knowledgeable in FAA and MnDOT funding and grant processes; runway, taxiway, and apron design; and airport visual aids systems. His experience also includes site development, stormwater management, and public utilities design.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University (2002). At TKDA, Zitzow will continue serving Minnesota airports as well as assist with work for national clients, focusing on project efficiency, stakeholder engagement, and airfield safety programs.

“Matt has a strong portfolio of work at Minnesota airports and he is a valuable addition to our team as we continue to serve and expand our aviation markets,” said John Ahern, Vice President of TKDA’s Aviation Division.

TKDA Welcomes Summer Interns

June 9, 2015

Summer Interns 2015

Every summer TKDA’s internship program provides the opportunity for students to gain on-the-job experience, working side-by-side with our mentoring professionals. This successful program has resulted in TKDA hiring several interns as permanent staff after they graduate from college.

This summer TKDA interns are working in multiple divisions, including, from left, Mackenzie Cress who is attending University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for graphic design and joins our Marketing/Business Development team. Shelly Matsuda is attending University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for civil engineering and joins our Surface Transportation team. Megan Oakes, an architecture major at North Dakota State University, has returned to our Architecture Division for a second summer. Tyler Denis is attending University of Minnesota-Duluth for electrical engineering and rejoins the Rail team for a second summer. Stephen Mylabathula is a senior at Concordia Academy High School. He joins our Information Technology group after recently competing in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. As summer progresses, additional interns will be joining our staff.

Cole Hartfiel Joins TKDA Team

May 21, 2015

Cole Hartfiel

Cole Hartfiel has joined TKDA’s Saint Paul office as a Planner in the Aviation Division.

Hartfiel has experience with airport master plans, layout plans, gate layouts, and facility taxi time analysis, both locally and for national clients. He has performed master planning and gate planning services at Philadelphia International Airport and municipal airports in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Iowa, including South St. Paul, Mount Holly, Faribault, Sauk Centre, Hutchinson, Hawley, Le Mars, and Iowa City. He has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Minor in Air Transport Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

“Cole adds to a new depth of planning services we can provide our aviation clients in Minnesota and across the country,” said John Ahern, Vice President of TKDA’s Aviation Division. “His insight and experience at both commercial and municipal airports will be a valuable asset as we continue to grow and strengthen our Aviation Division.”


Target Field Station wins Top Project

May 20, 2015

Target Field

Target Field Station has been named one of Finance & Commerce’s Top Projects of 2014. The project is located adjacent to Target Field, home of Minnesota Twins baseball, on the west edge of downtown Minneapolis. The project expands the regional transportation system with transit connections to Target Field and the North Loop area of Minneapolis. The station also provides a year-round public plaza and park with open green space and iconic design elements. The project also includes new underground parking. TKDA provided design for the 1,200 foot-long-bridge which supports a 300-foot-long light rail transit station and 2,000-square-foot station canopy at mid-structure. The multidisciplinary, design-build team included Knutson Construction and architects Perkins Eastman with Peter Cavaluzzi, FAIA.

TKDA on Top Design Firm List

May 19, 2015

TKDA advanced 50 spots to rank 253 on Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 500 Design Firm list. The list, published annually, ranks the largest design firms in the United States based on design-specific revenue.

The jump represents TKDA’s largest advancement on the list in a single year and reflects employee numbers that grew from 200 to nearly 250 employees as well as significant revenue increases.

“In 2014, we increased our head count 20 percent, and we continue to staff up at most of our locations to serve growing client demand,” said Bill Deitner, TKDA President and CEO. “Our staff works hard to provide quality services for our clients and their consistent efforts pushed us up a full 50 spots in the ranking.”

TKDA’s rank of 253 is the highest the Saint Paul-based engineering, architecture and planning firm has ever been listed in ENR’s ranking of the country’s top 500 design firms.

Jeff Goetzman Joins TKDA Team

May 4, 2015

Jeff Goetzman TKDA

Jeff Goetzman, PE, has joined TKDA’s Duluth office as a Senior Registered Engineer and will be working in the Municipal Services Division.

Goetzman, who served for several years as Public Works Director for the City of Superior, has more than 20 years of experience in both design and management of municipal projects. He also worked as an engineer for the St. Louis County Public Works Department serving as their County Bridge Engineer, and has served as City Engineer in Virginia, Aurora, Hoyt Lakes, Chisholm and Tower.

“Jeff brings a depth of public works experience to our Northland engineering team,” said Dennis Postler, Vice President of TKDA’s Municipal Division. “He is well known to many of our clients and brings new relationships to TKDA to help us grow and strengthen our Municipal Services Division.”

Goetzman has worked on many notable Northland projects, including the McQuade Safe Harbor, reconstruction of Woodland Avenue in Duluth, and in Superior, the reconstruction of East 5th Street, construction and capping of containment cells at Moccasin Mike Landfill and the construction of the $4.2 million disinfection system for the waste water treatment plant.

“I am excited to be working on new opportunities with the TKDA team and look forward to serving our municipal clients in Minnesota and Wisconsin,” Goetzman said.

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.