Engineering, Architecture, Planning

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

Photo of Shelly and Lindsay

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!

TKDA Adds Staff to Duluth Office

January 6, 2016

Photos of Jude and Bud

From left to right: Jude Homola and Brian “Bud” Mickelson

TKDA has added mechanical and electrical engineers to its design team in the Northland. Registered Mechanical Engineer Jude Homola and Registered Electrical Engineer Brian “Bud” Mickelson join the architects, civil engineers, and surveyors in the Duluth office.

Homola has eight years of experience in the construction industry, over four years of those with engineering and design experience. He is an advocate for sustainability within the built environment and has been involved in designs that contain the latest in HVAC and plumbing technology, including many forms of heat recovery, solar applications, and wastewater treatment.

Homola has worked in many market sectors, including office/retail, education, health care, private, commercial, and industrial. His experience includes HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection on a number of high profile projects with LEED or Net Zero sustainability goals for clients including Nike, Facebook, Rocky Mountain Institute, Vancouver Clinic, the Port of Portland, Washington State University and C-TRAN (public transportation agency in Washington State).

Homola earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University and relocated from Portland, Oregon, to join TKDA. His wife, Elana (Sundberg) Homola, is originally from Duluth.

Mickelson is originally from Zim and attended Cherry High School. He has worked in the mining industry in Minnesota and Indiana for both Magnetation and Cliffs Natural Resources. He has extensive experience in industrial power, lighting and signals applications. He was electrical project manager for the construction and commissioning of an industrial taconite facility in Reynolds, Indiana, and upon completion became maintenance manager at the plant.

Mickelson has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota.

“Adding mechanical and electrical engineering expertise to our team strengthens our integrated design capabilities in the Northland,” said CEO and President Bill Deitner. “We are very pleased to add two professional engineers with Northland ties to our Duluth staff, and I know they are both happy to reconnect with family and friends in the community.”

Long-time TKDA employees retire

January 4, 2016


Clockwise from top left: Peter Brožek, Larry Bohrer, Sue Ohman, and Cyd Young

A number of long-time TKDA employees retired at the end of 2015.

Retiring Senior Registered Architect, Peter Brožek, began working at TKDA in 1985. He has been instrumental in the design and project administration of industrial plants, transit facilities, public works facilities, and water and wastewater treatment facilities. Peter is also an expert in roofing design and building envelopes, and extremely adept at identifying problems and formulating solutions.

Peter has been a trusted advisor to many private and public clients, and he oversaw design implementation and construction administration of 15 Blue Line (Hiawatha) Light Rail Line passenger stations and the LRT vehicle maintenance facility in Minneapolis. Currently, Peter is completing a new central facility he designed for Austin Utilities. He will remain on TKDA’s staff as a temporary employee until the Austin project wraps up.

Larry Bohrer, PE, an Engineering Group Manager in the Municipal Services Division retired from TKDA after 43 years of service to cities and towns. A former TKDA Vice President of Municipal Services, he has served government clients as a staff manager, consulting city engineer, project manager, and project engineer.

In honor of his retirement, the City of Columbus passed a resolution, thanking Larry for his 15 years of services to their community. Larry assisted Columbus to incorporate from Township to City, and planned/implemented a municipal sewer and water system for the City.

Recently, Larry led a multiphased infrastructure improvement project at the Camp Ripley training facility for the Minnesota National Guard in Little Falls, Minnesota. The project was recently recognized as an APWA Project of the Year Honorable Mention.

Our devoted Office Manager, Cyd Young, recently completed her career after 20 years with TKDA’s Saint Paul Office.

Sue Oman has retired after dedicating 11 years as an administrative professional in TKDA’s Architecture Division.

“TKDA will miss each of these long-time employees. Their contributions were many and their experience runs deep,” said President/CEO Bill Deitner. “We appreciate all their work in passing on their knowledge and expertise so our clients and staff enjoy a seamless transition. We wish them all a happy retirement.”

TKDA volunteers at We Care event

December 21, 2015

Photo of We Care Event

TKDA staff helped 48 kids create a unique holiday gift at this year’s We Care event. We Care unites the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and interior design firms in hosting a holiday gathering for children in need. The day of seasonal celebration includes a variety of craft stations where children create holiday gifts for family and friends. Representatives from interior design firms and the architecture and design community are on hand to help and share in the holiday spirit. Now in its nineteenth year, We Care brings seasonal joy and good cheer to thousands of deserving children in 26 cities in the U.S. and Canada. TKDA was one of 12 design firms participating in the Herman Miller sponsored event in Minneapolis.

The TKDA team worked with children ages 5 to 13 to design a beautiful M&M brownie mix in a jar to give as a gift this Holiday season. Our team was led by interior designer Michelle Gallagher, with participation by Amy Patterson, Cole Hartfiel, Darren Lindsey (and daughter, Lauren), Amanda Kieffer, Kristy Moore, and Ben Johnson. Staff members Bob Wilcox, Brian Fitzgerald, and Kathy Siedschlag donated additional materials for the kids to personalize and decorate their jars.

TKDA is grateful to everyone who volunteered their time and resources during this busy time of the year to make this event possible!

Retiring TKDA Engineer Larry Bohrer Recognized by Community

December 17, 2015

Photo of Larry Bohrer

Larry Bohrer has worked as a civil engineer in TKDA’s municipal department his entire professional career, holding many positions, including division vice president. After 43 years of great work, he is retiring at the end of this year.

In honor of his retirement, he received a special honor from one of his long-time clients, the City of Columbus.

At their recent city council meeting, an official resolution was passed, thanking Larry for his 15 years of services to their community. Columbus Mayor David Povolny read the following resolution:


A Resolution of Appreciation to Larry Bohrer City Engineer for His 15 Years of Service
to the City of Columbus

WHEREAS, Larry began his distinguished career with the Town of Columbus and was an instrumental part of Columbus’ incorporation to a City; and

WHEREAS, Larry spent countless hours working on City projects, assisting developers, business owners, property owners and residents answering questions on a wide variety of engineering and City issues all with a professional and calm demeanor; and

WHEREAS, Larry has always been known as a great team player, a strong project manager, and especially for his extraordinary commitment to customer service; and

WHEREAS to his fellow City consultants and the City Council Larry was known to have a smile on his face and a willingness to help no matter the request made of him; and

WHEREAS, Larry and his wife (Sue) have plans to travel and explore new places by ship, train and car; and

WHEREAS, we extend our best wishes upon his retirement and for continued success in his life’s pursuit; and

WHEREAS, Larry will be retiring in December 2015 after many years of commendable dedication to the City of Columbus.

NOW THEREFORE, this Council does hereby confer upon Larry Bohrer

Its highest appreciation for the manner in which he has performed his duties in the City of Columbus with special thanks for his professionalism, dedication to service and kindness to the members of the Columbus City Council, its City Staff members, and the residents of Columbus.

Signed by Mayor David J. Povolny and City Administrator Elizabeth Mursko.


“Engineering has been a great profession where I have been able to provide good roads, safe drinking water, sewage treatment systems, and stormwater control for people and communities,” Larry said. “Years ago I had realized that engineering is what I do, but a public servant is who I am.”

TKDA strongly believes in succession planning, and Dennis Postler, Vice President of Municipal Services, has worked closely with Larry to provide seamless services to all his clients. Dennis will take over as City Engineer for Columbus in January.

“The Municipal Division is in good hands with Dennis at the helm,” Larry said.

Happy retirement Larry!

Camp Ripley work recognized as APWA Project of the Year Honorable Mention

November 20, 2015

Aerial photo of Camp Ripley

Photo at APWA Conference

TKDA Senior Registered Engineer, Larry Bohrer, and Colonel Larry Herke
of Minnesota Army National Guard accept an award for Camp Ripley at the
APWA Conference.

TKDA recently accepted a Project of the Year Honorable Mention at the America Public Works Association Minnesota Chapter (APWA-MN) Fall Conference for road and utility infrastructure improvements at Camp Ripley in Little Falls, Minnesota. Projects are selected based on innovation, sustainability, and future value to the public works profession and to the community.

The Minnesota Department of Military Affairs selected TKDA to provide engineering services for street, parking lot, sanitary sewer, watermain, storm sewer, lift station, and airfield improvements in the Cantonment Area at Camp Ripley. The $15.4 million seven-phase project improves and upgrades the Camp’s infrastructure to better support and sustain the overall base operations, and minimize annual maintenance costs. Camp Ripley’s 53,000-acre facility has the infrastructure of a self-contained city, capable of supporting a peak influx of 20,000 military personnel.

The award was accepted by TKDA Senior Engineer, Larry Bohrer, PE and staff from the Minnesota Army National Guard. Larry led the Camp Ripley project through its entire six-year duration. Larry is a former Vice President of Municipal Services at TKDA and has served government clients as a staff manager, consulting city engineer, project manager, and project engineer. He will be retiring at the end of 2015 after 43 years of service at TKDA.

This is the second award the Camp Ripley project has won. The first award was given by the Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota and recognized the Camp’s airfield taxiway reconstruction.