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 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 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, 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 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.
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.