Engineering, Architecture, Planning

Community Turns Out for Hermantown Elementary School Groundbreaking

October 9, 2014

Hermantown Elementary School Groundbreaking

A large crowd awash with Hawk Pride joined in to celebrate the groundbreaking on the new addition and renovation project at Hermantown Elementary School. The Oct. 8 event marked the construction start on the approximately $9 million project that will add new classrooms and a gymnasium. Other improvements include remodeling throughout the school, kitchen renovations and a new mechanical system for the facility. Construction will be ongoing throughout the school year, with project completion expected by the opening of school in the fall of 2015.

The community of Hermantown passed a $48 million referendum in 2013 to fund the elementary school improvements, as well as to convert the current high school to a middle school and design and build a new high school as an addition to that facility. That project is currently in the planning stages, with construction expected to start in the spring of 2015.

TKDA is collaborating with Wold Architects on the building design. Kraus-Anderson is the Construction Manager for the project.

Jeff Hilden Joins TKDA Transportation Team

September 25, 2014

Jeff Hilden

Jeff Hilden

Jeff Hilden, PE, PTOE, has joined TKDA’s Surface Transportation Division as a Senior Transportation Engineer.

Hilden has nearly 30 years of experience working on roadway and traffic engineering projects for state, county, and municipal clients in Minnesota and throughout the United States. His expertise includes traffic operations analysis, environmental documentation, preliminary and final design, and preparation of plans and specifications for roadways, maintenance of traffic, construction staging, traffic signals, signing, striping, and lighting.

Hilden joins the firm after leading the traffic engineering team on the award-winning TH 169 /
I-494 Interchange Reconstruction Project in the Twin Cities and, most recently, the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I worked with Jeff on the TH 169 / I-494 project and was impressed by his strong, steady leadership,” said Kevin Cullen, PE, Vice President of TKDA’s Surface Transportation Division. “Jeff kept a large team on task and on budget, and clearly communicated expectations. We are very happy to have Jeff join the TKDA team. His leadership skills and his long-term relationships will help us better serve our transportation clients.”

Hilden received his Civil Engineering degree from South Dakota State and is registered as a Professional Engineer and certified as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. He is active in professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Minnesota Surveyors and Engineers Society.

“I am excited to join the TKDA team and contribute to the great work they do with state, county, and municipal transportation clients,” Hilden said.

Rochester Completes 3.3 Million Gallon Reservoir

September 18, 2014

Rochester Reservoir

The Rochester Public Utilities Water Reservoir was completed in August of 2014. The 3.3 million gallon reservoir replaced the existing steel reservoir on the site and will also replace the 4th Street SE Reservoir which is located in the flood plain. The new reservoir is a pre-stressed concrete reservoir with architectural enhancement to match the St. Mary’s Park area.

The Project Team from TKDA and WHKS was led by Verne Jacobsen, PE from TKDA. Rochester Public Utilities design assistance was provided by Douglas Rovang. The new reservoir will provide the additional water storage requirements to meet ultimate demands of the Main Level Service Area which includes Downtown Rochester and the Mayo facilities.

The project included the initial review and evaluation of seven different sites and studied elevated versus ground storage facilities to meet the ultimate water demands of the Main Level Service Area. After review of the various alternatives for increasing the water storage capacity for the area, the final selection was removal of the existing 1917 steel reservoir and to construct the new larger reservoir on the same site.

The aggressive project schedule allowed DN Tanks to remove the old reservoir from service in July 2013 and to place the new reservoir in service by December 1, 2013. The landscape, tree planting and architectural treatments were completed by July 31, 2014.

The architectural and landscape aesthetics were serious consideration in order that the project would match the old existing concrete reservoir, enhance St. Mary’s Park and complement St. Mary’s Hospital Campus. The architectural exterior features included Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS) Arches, brick pilasters, lights and an entrance wall to screen exterior pipes.

The new 3.3 million gallon reservoir has been in service since December 2013 and will provide reliable long term service for the Rochester Public Utilities while fitting in with the neighborhood.

New Runway Opens at Park Rapids Municipal Airport

September 12, 2014

Park Rapids Ribbon-cutting

TKDA participated in the opening ceremonies today for the new runway at Park Rapids Municipal Airport.

John Peterson, TKDA’s Greater Minnesota Airport Market Manager and John Ahern, Aviation Vice President participated in the official ribbon cutting ceremonies. TKDA provided design services for the new 75-foot by 3,5000-foot crosswind runway, parallel taxiway, lighting and navigation aids.

Dennis Postler Takes Leadership Position in TKDA’s Municipal Division

September 9, 2014

Dennis Postler

Dennis Postler

Dennis Postler, PE, joined the Municipal Division of TKDA as Assistant Vice President.

Postler is a civil engineer with nearly 30 years of experience in Minnesota and Wisconsin municipal markets. His senior project management experience includes utility design and relocation, transportation, and park development and design. He has also served as the City Engineer for Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, and Hudson, Wisconsin.

Postler, who has previously held key leadership positions with other regional engineering firms, brings experience in the areas of growth strategies, resource allocation, revenue growth and staff utilization.

Postler will work closely with Larry Bohrer, PE and Vice President of the Municipal Division, who has worked his entire 40-year engineering career at TKDA and plans to retire at the end of 2015.

“Bringing Dennis on board now puts in place a successful succession plan for our Municipal Division,” said TKDA President and CEO Bill Deitner, PE. “TKDA has a history of being a trusted and respected advisor to our Municipal clients, and with Dennis’ expertise, reputation and long-term relationships in this market, we are well positioned to carry on this tradition.”

Groundbreaking Celebrates Wade Stadium Renovation Project

September 2, 2014

Wade Stadium Groundbreaking

TKDA participated in the groundbreaking of the renovation of the historic Wade Stadium along with Duluth Mayor Don Ness, Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon and several other dignitaries who came together to celebrate the $4.6M project to upgrade one of the last remaining Works Progress Administration stadiums in the country. The project includes extensive demolition, repair and restoration of the brick work of the stadium which opened in 1941. Other improvements include artificial turf, new field lighting, stormwater and electrical upgrades. The new turf is expected to be laid this fall, with other improvements in place by spring, prior to the start of the 2015 baseball season. TKDA is the architect of the project and Kraus-Anderson is the contractor.

TKDA Food and Clothing Drive Benefits Local Charities

August 28, 2014

TKDA Food and Clothing Drive

Kristy Moore, Senior Marketing Coordinator for TKDA, presented Christine Pulver of Keystone Community Services of St. Paul, a check for $1,500, part of the proceeds from our summer food and clothing drive. Another $1,500 check was donated to Neighborhood House. Our annual drive is sponsored by TKDA’s ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) committee and employee and corporate donations totaled more than $3,500 in food, clothing and bicycles that was distributed to local charities.

Andy Wagstrom Joins TKDA Rail Team

August 19, 2014

Andy Wagstrom

Andy Wagstrom

Andy Wagstrom, PE, LSIT, a Civil Engineer with extensive design and project management experience, has joined TKDA’s Rail Division.

Wagstrom has expertise in railroad infrastructure and has provided project management, design, construction administration, and construction inspection services for both public and private sector clients. In addition, he has been involved with the design of numerous industrial and agricultural rail facilities.

Wagstrom has a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from South Dakota State University, and is a Registered Engineer and Land Surveyor in Training. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA).

“We are very excited to have Andy join our rail team,” said Bret Farmer, PE and Vice President of TKDA’s Rail Division. “His experience and long-term relationships in the rail market are valuable additions to our team.”


See You at FAC 2014

July 30, 2014

FAC Conference announcement

TKDA Welcomes Summer Interns

July 28, 2014

New TKDA Interns

TKDA is proud to announce that several interns are spending their summer working alongside our professional staff at offices in both St. Paul and in Duluth. Their talents are being put to use across several of our divisions and they are making important contributions to our team.

TKDA interns include Richard Baxter and Megan Oakes, Architecture; Tyler Denis, Isaac Wegner, Brett Hansen and Aaron Johnson, Rail; Gerard Gubash, Electrical; Karl Szyszkoski, Municipal and Mackenzie Kast, Human Resources.


Top Row from Left to Right: Richard Baxter, Megan Oakes,
Tyler Denis. Center Row from Left to Right: Isaac Wegner, Brett Hansen, Aaron Johnson. Bottom Row from Left to Right: Gerard Gubash, Karl Szyszkoski, Mackenzie Kast.