Engineering, Architecture, Planning

TKDA to present at the 2016 Minnesota AWWA Conference

September 20, 2016

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From left to right: John Berrigan, Verne Jacobsen, and Matt Ellingson

TKDA’s John Berrigan, Verne Jacobsen, and Matt Ellingson will present on September 22 at the 100th Annual AWWA Conference in Duluth, Minnesota.

John will discuss “Concurrent Biofiltration,” including the pilot results and project alternatives of White Bear Township’s biofiltration of iron, ammonia, and manganese in groundwater. Manager for TKDA’s Water/Wastewater Group, John is an expert in development, design, and delivery of water treatment technologies.

The City of Luverne Water Supply Improvements is the topic of Verne and Matt’s presentation, and will cover details of the design and construction of water treatment plants 1 and 2, as well as the Lewis and Clark water connection. Verne has worked as a Project Manager for water utility clients and is knowledgeable on water system design and operations. Matt has over eight years of experience in providing design support for water and wastewater project.

Noah Johnson, PE, Joins TKDA Water-Wastewater Team

September 13, 2016

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Noah Johnson, PE, has joined the TKDA water-wastewater team. Johnson is a water-wastewater process engineer, with experience in pumping systems and lift station design, design of wastewater treatment facilities with biological and chemical nutrient removal, clarification, disinfection, chemical feed and solids handling and disposal processes. He also has expertise in combined stormwater and sanitary collection system modeling, cost analysis and development and wastewater treatment facility permitting and regulation.

With a degree In Civil Engineering and an emphasis on Water Resources/Environmental Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln he has worked on several large and small scale treatment facility projects, as well as stream restoration utilizing natural system designs with native species.

Johnson spent a number of years in the construction industry and has a deep understanding of the impact a design project manager has on the final construction of the project. This understanding and expertise is essential to complete projects on time and on budget.

“We are very happy to have Noah join our team,” said John Berrigan, PE, Group Manager of TKDA’s Water-Wastewater Services. “His process experience and project management expertise are a perfect addition to our growing team.”

Johnson is a member of the Water Environment Federation and the Central States Water Environment Association.

Brian Kelley to present at Minnesota Chief Engineers Guild Conference

September 7, 2016

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TKDA’s Brian Kelley will give a presentation to the Minnesota Chief Engineers Guild on September 8 at its 2016 Annual Conference and Trade Show in Breezy Point, Minnesota.

Brian is the Engineering Manager for TKDA’s Education Market and he will present “Fire Suppression Systems 101.” His talk will provide an overview of fire sprinkler design, the impact of fire suppression systems on building code and infrastructure, determining water supply requirements, triggers for fire pumps and general maintenance information.

Brian has more than 25 years of engineering experience and is versed in all types of fire protection systems, including wet and dry pipe systems, deluge systems, pre-action systems, foam systems and clean agent systems.

He has been a member of the Chief Engineers Guild for 11 years.

TKDA has Hawk Pride over new school!

August 31, 2016

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TKDA provided architectural and engineering services for the new Hermantown Middle – High School, in collaboration with Wold Architects and Engineers.

Hermantown Superintendent Kerry Juntunen said the reality of the new construction “exceeds the expectation of the dream.” The architects, builders, laborers and construction management firm, he said, “did exactly what we were hoping for.”

Here’s the Duluth News Tribune’s coverage of Hermantown’s new high school.

TKDA Employees Donate to Local Food Shelves

August 18, 2016

Donations delivered to food shelves

TKDA ESOP committee member Paul Dotson delivered our TKDA food drive donation checks to Christine Pulver at the Keystone Midway Food Shelf (above left), and Sarah Berger at Neighborhood House (above right).

TKDA and its employees donated nearly $7,000 to our local food shelves in Saint Paul and Duluth during our annual food drive. TKDA matched our employee contributions and a total of $6818 was shared between Keystone Community Center and Neighborhood House in Saint Paul and CHUM food shelf in Duluth.

DJ Heinle, AIA, to present at the NCARB Architect Licensing Advisors Summit

August 4, 2016

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TKDA Architect DJ Heinle, AIA, will present at the NCARB Architect Licensing Advisors Summit August 5 in Chicago.
As part of a panel that includes the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design and the University of Minnesota, Heinle will participate in an interactive workshop that explores strategies and exchange ideas for enhancing the journey from student to licensed architect.

The session, a joint presentation by the educational and professional communities in Minnesota and Ohio, will cover education and certification programs within consulting firms, AIA credentialing initiatives and real life examples illustrating how to grow within the architectural profession.

Heinle is AIA Minnesota’s State Licensing Advisor and is co-chair of its Architect Licensing Advisory Committee.



TKDA and Hagen Engineering present together at IDEA 2016

June 22, 2016

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TKDA’s Lon Fiedler, right, and Ty Hagen, of Hagen Engineering, presented at the International District Energy Association Annual Conference recently in Saint Paul. The event, which drew participants from around the world as well as from the Metro, focused on embracing change to explore emerging technologies, innovative policies and connections with global leaders to advance new energy paradigm for cities, communities and campuses. Fiedler and Hagen have collaborated for 20 years to create innovative solutions with water chiller installations around the world. Fiedler holds a patent on the design of a chilled water storage tank piping distribution system. Their presentation was entitled “TES Tanks – When Theoretical Design Parameters Meet the Real World.”

TKDA presents at the 2016 IDEA Conference

June 20, 2016

image of a water tank

TKDA’s Lon Fiedler and Ty Hagen of Hagen Engineering will present “TES Tanks – When Theoretical Design Parameters Meet the Real World” at the International District Energy Association Conference at Saint Paul’s RiverCentre June 21. Their presentation begins at 3:15 p.m. Stop by and hear their talk and visit TKDA at Booth 125 during the 2016 Embracing Change energy event.

TKDA at the White House

June 10, 2016

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Leslee LeRoux, TKDA’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, attended a meeting with White House staff as part of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance 2016 Washington, D.C. Fly-In. The Alliance organizes the annual event to discuss long-term, sustainable transportation policy and funding with Minnesota’s Congressional delegation. Members of the Alliance were also able to discuss the state’s transportation needs with senior White House policy staff, who in turn shared the administration’s new initiatives to increase investments in our nation’s transportation infrastructure.

TKDA Recognized for Aviation Project

April 28, 2016

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TKDA won a top award at the Minnesota Airports Conference for retrofitting an airline hangar into a training space for pilots and airplane maintenance technicians.

The Non-Aeronautical Business Development Award was given to TKDA at the Brainerd conference on April 21. TKDA worked in collaboration with the Duluth International Airport, the City of Duluth and Lake Superior College on the project which converted a hangar bay at the airport into the new state-of-the-art home for the College’s Center for Advanced Aviation. The Center trains students to become professional pilots and airplane maintenance technicians to serve the region’s growing aviation market.

A hangar bay was transformed into the Center’s maintenance training area and the remaining spaces were transformed into academic offices, general classrooms and shop facilities, all while meeting a very aggressive schedule. The new spaces combined LSC’s aviation programs that formerly ran out of two locations. The Center for Advanced Aviation now offers increased efficiencies for both staff, faculty and about 100 students who go on to work for the regions’ aircraft manufacturing and maintenance companies and become professional pilots.

TKDA provided architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, civil and survey services on this $2.6 million project. Kraus-Anderson was the contractor.