TKDA staff took to the phones during the recent WDSE-WRPT Public Television spring pledge drive in Duluth. TKDA has a 25-year history supporting public television and sponsors programming in the Twin Cities and Northland markets.
TKDA has been chosen by the Hermantown School Board as the Architect of Record for its new school improvement projects.
TKDA is partnering with Wold Architects to convert the current high school to a middle school, design a new high school as an addition to that complex and complete a major addition and renovation to the elementary school. TKDA will also design site improvements to the school campus.
Last November, Hermantown voters approved a $48.9 million referendum to fund the school projects.
“We have worked with the Hermantown School District for more 20 years, and we are honored they chose to continue that relationship and award us the new school improvement projects,” said TKDA Project Manager Ron Stanius, AIA. “We look forward to working with the board and the Hawk Pride committee to design new school additions and improvements that will serve students, staff and the community for generations to come.”
Design and construction work on the projects is expected to be ongoing over the next three years.
TKDA assisted the City of St. Cloud on a slip line rehabilitation of 10,000 feet of the City’s sanitary sewer interceptor system. Twenty-foot segments of 54-inch diameter fiberglass pipe are continuously inserted into the existing pipe greatly minimizing costs and surface disruptions while extending the lifetime of the system.
Jeff Lipovetz has joined TKDA, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the mining sector to the engineering, architectural and planning firm that has served industrial clients for more than 100 years.
Lipovetz has worked in Minnesota, Michigan, Canada and Venezuela in technical and operational mining positions, including roles as vice president and general manager.
TKDA has a long-term history of providing heavy industrial engineering applications to a diverse group of clients, and Lipovetz will lead new efforts to offer these quality integrated services to the mining sector.
“TKDA is known for delivering facilities infrastructure, rail, energy, transportation and waste-water solutions for our clients, so leveraging our expertise in these areas to serve the mining industry is a natural fit,” said Bill Deitner, PE, TKDA President and CEO. “We are excited to have Jeff on our team, leading efforts to build new relationships in this market.”
Lipovetz, a native of Hibbing, Minn., will act as TKDA’s Mining Market Manager in the firm’s Saint Paul office.
“TKDA provides quality services and solid solutions to its clients and I look forward to expanding the firm’s strong capabilities in the mining sector,” Lipovetz said.
Accepting awards for TKDA at the recent American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota banquet were, from left, Matt Christensen, PE, SE; Tom Parker, PE; President and CEO Bill Deitner, PE, SE; Brian Kelley; Jim Bellefeuille, PE, who was project manager for the Van White Memorial Boulevard project; and Mark Daubenberger, PE.
TKDA was presented with a 2014 Engineering Excellence Grand Award for the Van White Memorial Boulevard project at the recent American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC/MN) banquet in Minneapolis.
TKDA was the City of Minneapolis’ lead design engineer on the project, named for Van White, the city’s first African-American council member who for years championed a transportation connection between North Minneapolis and downtown. The boulevard includes a two-lane roadway, a multi-use trail and three bridges to create a corridor for traffic, bicyclists, and pedestrians to travel between two areas separated for decades by freeways, a creek, rail corridors and industrial storage yards.
TKDA was also on the Jacobs Engineering team for the Highway 169/I-494 Interchange Reconstruction project that won the first ever ACEC Grand Conceptor Award, voted the year’s top project. TKDA was the design partner for roundabouts, bridges, drainage and utilities.
TKDA teamed with URS on the renovation of the Union Depot, which won an Honor Award. TKDA provided mechanical and electrical engineering services, building fire protection systems, and railroad coordination.
“We take great pride in what we do and it is always an honor to be recognized by our peers,” said Bill Deitner, PE, President and CEO of TKDA. “Each of these projects represents improvement to transportation systems in the Metro and it is gratifying to receive these honors for the contributions of our hard-working engineers.”
In 2011, TKDA, a 100 percent employee-owned engineering, architectural and planning firm, was named Firm of the Year by ACEC Minnesota.
Tom Parker, PE
Tom Parker, PE, a civil engineer with extensive highway experience, has joined TKDA’s Surface Transportation Division as a Senior Highway Engineer.
Parker has 35 years of experience working on both state and county transportation and highway projects. His expertise includes the planning, preliminary design, environmental documentation and final design on roads, bridges and trails.
Most recently he was the Planning Design Manager for the award-winning TH169 and I-494 Interchange Reconstruction Project in the Twin Cities.
“I am excited to bring my years of transportation experience and long-term relationships to my new role at TKDA,” Parker said.
Parker is very active in professional organizations and has held executive positions in both the American Council of Engineering Companies and Minnesota Surveyors and Engineers Society.
“We are very pleased to welcome Tom to our transportation team,” said Kevin Cullen, PE and Vice President of TKDA’s Surface Transportation Division. “Tom is a great asset to our already strong team and we look forward to leveraging his experience.”
TKDA has acquired Salo Engineering, a firm that has been providing quality civil engineering and land surveying services in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin for nearly 70 years.
David Salo, PE, is the third-generation-owner of his family’s company and he and his team of civil engineers, land surveyors, and technicians will continue to serve clients from their Hermantown office, working closely with TKDA staff in both Duluth and Saint Paul.
“We are pleased to bring our experience and our relationships to the TKDA team,” said Salo. “Our shared values of providing quality services and commitment to our clients is a natural fit for our two firms. We have a long history of working with the staff in the Duluth office so the move feels just right.”
Salo Engineering works with many Northland clients, including the City of Duluth, City of Hermantown, Saint Louis County, Minnesota Power, and the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.
“We are thrilled to have Dave Salo and his staff join TKDA,” said President and CEO Bill Deitner, PE. “Adding civil engineers and land surveyors to our Duluth team strengthens our position in the Northland and throughout Minnesota. They give us local resources to deliver the fully integrated, quality engineering and architectural services clients expect from TKDA.”
Margaret Donahoe, Executive Director for the Minnesota Transportation Alliance, speaks to TKDA employees about the current status of transportation funding in Minnesota and how to get involved in Move MN, a group of diverse stakeholders who believe the 2014 legislative session is the best opportunity to pass a dedicated and sustainable transportation funding package that supports new investments in all modes of transportation across the state. movemn.org
Tim Korby, PE, LEED AP BD+C, joined TKDA’s Municipal Services Group, bringing with him a broad base of experience working with many Minnesota and Wisconsin communities.
Korby is a civil engineer with 27 years of experience delivering efficient solutions for a wide range of municipal projects, including roadways, wastewater and water treatment plants, municipal utilities, airports, parks and trail systems, drainage and groundwater issues and wetland preservation. He also works with municipalities on management assistance, planning, development, funding and financing review. His primary passion and expertise is bringing large grant dollars to communities to assist in funding infrastructure projects.
“Tim brings a wealth of experience in working with communities, both large and small, across both Minnesota and Wisconsin,” said Larry Bohrer, Vice President of TKDA’s Municipal Services Group. “His skill set and contacts are a perfect complement to our municipal division.”
Korby has a BS Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He holds leadership positions in multiple professional organizations and will be the 2014 President for the Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM). He is also on the Board of Directors for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the Minnesota Environmental Science & Economic Review Board (MESERB).
“TKDA is known for its strong client relationships so my experience of working closely with communities to develop long-term solutions for complex issues is a great fit,” said Korby.
TKDA, a 100-percent employee-owned Engineering, Architectural and Planning firm, celebrated National Employee Ownership Week in October with a series of events, competitions and guest speakers.
Throughout the week, employees enjoyed a friendly competition of bean bag toss that cumulated in winning teams in the Saint Paul and Duluth offices taking home traveling trophies of desk-size bean bag toss games.
New employees had an ESOP break with Bill Deitner, TKDA CEO, and all staff was invited to a Professional Growth and Development seminar in which Project Manager Brett Morse described the firm’s history of working with long-time client Metro Transit on the Light Rail Train Operations and Maintenance Facility in Minneapolis.
The week also included an employee luncheon with guest speaker Chris Heeter, owner of the Wild Institute, an outdoor adventure business in northern Minnesota. Her speech, “When the Leader Sees Nothing but Tails: Teamwork Skills Learned from the Back of a Dog Sled” was a humorous and insightful talk on the value in identifying the strengths and talents of each member of a team and discovering new ways to pull together toward success.
Service recognition awards were given out to several employees for their years of employment at TKDA, including a 40-year award to Mike Gould, and 35-year awards to Dave Esboldt and Geoff Senn.