Engineering, Architecture, Planning

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.

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.