Engineering, Architecture, Planning

Sarah Tracy Joins TKDA Traffic Team

September 25, 2015

Photo of Sarah Tracy

Sarah Tracy, PE, PTOE, has joined the TKDA Surface Transportation Division, bringing 18 years of transportation engineering experience to the team.

Tracy comes to TKDA from the Nebraska Department of Roads, where she held the position of State Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Engineer, managing and maintaining ITS infrastructure throughout the state. Her duties included developing and delivering an annual ITS program, managing the state’s ITS software systems, including advanced traffic management and traveler information/511 system, developing systems engineering documentation and coordinating statewide traffic incident management activities. Tracy was also involved in developing and implementing Nebraska’s Statewide Operation Center, improving efficiencies of the state’s ITS.

Her expertise includes extensive experience in long-range transportation planning, environmental documentation and a wide variety of traffic engineering services for a number of state agencies, including the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Iowa Department of Transportation.

“We are very happy to welcome Sarah to our team and her expertise in ITS, traffic planning and environmental studies adds to the full complement of design services we provide for our clients,” said Kevin Cullen, Vice President of TKDA’s Surface Transportation Division.

Tracy is also very active in transportation professional organizations and is a board member and past-president of ITS Heartland, which includes ITS professionals from Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Valley Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Lincoln-Omaha-Council Bluffs Association of Transportation Engineers.

“I am excited to be working with the TKDA design team and I look forward to engaging in the traffic engineering community in Minnesota and throughout our region,” Tracy said.

Lake Superior College Opens Center for Advanced Aviation

September 17, 2015

Photo in Hangar 13

Congratulations to Lake Superior College in Duluth on the opening of its new Center of Advanced Aviation. TKDA designed the renovations to Hangar 103 at the Duluth International Airport for the program that trains students to work in the growing aviation sector.

Read the full article in the Duluth News Tribune.

TKDA Water Engineers to present at AWWA

September 8, 2015

Verne Jacobsen, PE and Matt Ellingson, PE of TKDA’s Water Services Group will present their recently completed Rochester, Minnesota reservoir project at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Minnesota Section’s Annual Conference in Duluth on September 17.

TKDA completed a feasibility study, design and construction administration for the new 3.3 MG St. Mary’s water storage facility for Rochester Public Utilities. The project included review and evaluation of 11 different sites and studied elevated verses ground storage facilities to meet growing water demands of the service area which includes downtown Rochester and the Mayo Clinic facilities.

Verne Jacobsen is a senior registered engineer and experienced leader in water engineering, both at TKDA and previously with Saint Paul’s water utility where he directed water treatment operations and administration of all utility operating divisions. Matt Ellingson is a registered engineer with TKDA’s Water/Wastewater Group since 2008. Recently Matt was the lead field engineer for inspections and quality control for over 90,000 meters for Saint Paul Regional Water Services.

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.