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TKDA Adds Staff to Duluth Office

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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.”

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