Engineering, Architecture, Planning

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

Photo of TKDA Architect, DJ Heinle

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

Photo of Ty Hagen and Lon Fiedler

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

Photo of Lake Superior College Center for Advanced Aviation

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.

Two new TKDA hires make headlines

April 26, 2016

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From left to right: Shelly Matsuda and Lindsay Gaines

Shelly Matsuda and Lindsay Gaines, both recent civil engineering graduates, were the subject of a great story in the spring edition of the University of Minnesota’s Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering publication. Both Shelly and Lindsay graduated in December and joined the TKDA team in January. TKDA has a long history of hiring U of M grads and we are happy to have both Shelly and Lindsay continue that fine tradition.

Visit TKDA at the Minnesota Airports Conference April 20 – 22, 2016

April 18, 2016

photo of Tricia Fantinato

TKDA will be at the MCOA conference at Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minnesota. Stop by to hear about TKDA’s specialized experience with emerging airport issues that will affect your airport, including sustainability and drones. TKDA Aviation Planner Tricia Fantinato will participate in an airport sustainability panel discussion on April 21.

Tricia is a member of several airport sustainability organizations and is working with the Florida Department of Transportation on development of their Airport Sustainability Handbook. She is also a member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and is currently working with the FAA ASSURE Team on the integration of UASs into the national airspace system.




Allison Johnson brings GIS expertise to TKDA!

April 11, 2016

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Geographic Information System (GIS) specialist Allison Johnson recently joined the TKDA Aviation team. A graduate of St. Thomas University, Allison previously worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. She uses GIS to assist with data management, map making, spatial analysis, and 3D design. She works with the TKDA Aviation team to complete projects involving FAA’s Airports GIS (AGIS) requirements, as well as using GIS to create interactive facilities planning and maintenance logs for airports. She is currently developing a web mapping tool to allow airport owners and tenants to update and access critical site information in real time.

Contact TKDA for any GIS needs at your airport.








A Wild thank you to TKDA

February 10, 2016

Photo of CEO Bill Deitner receiving season tickets from the Minnesota Wild

TKDA President and CEO Bill Deitner received a special delivery from the Minnesota Wild. Jaret Stoll , center for the Wild, and Steve Payne, legendary Minnesota North Star player, brought Bill tickets to the NHL 2016 Stadium Series and an autographed jersey. The Wild chose TKDA to receive this special thank you as TKDA has been Wild season ticket holders at Xcel Energy Center since the stadium opened in 2000. The Wild will play the Chicago Blackhawks outside at TCF Bank stadium Feb. 21. A Minnesota-Chicago Alumni game is also scheduled as part of the series.

Go Wild!