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Our History

Breaking new ground since 1897

1897J.L. Robinson Company founded, Minneapolis
J.L. Robinson Company founded, Minneapolis
Goodfellow's Dry Goods Co.1902
Goodfellow's Dry Goods Co., Minneapolis flagship operation that is today known as Target Corporation
St. Thomas Hospital, Minneapolis1907
St. Thomas Hospital, Minneapolis – first hospital in the Fairview Health system
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Chemistry Building1913
Chemistry Building, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
1921
Standard Oil Stations—a 1921 building permit shows the owner as "John D. Rockefellow" [sic]
1929
Robinson retired and sold the company to Mathew Kraus and Amos Andersen, who renamed the company Kraus-Andersen and later, Kraus-Anderson
1933
Lloyd Engelsma joined Kraus-Anderson as estimator and office manager
1938
Lloyd Engelsma purchased Kraus-Anderson
1943
Defense projects including Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, built Kraus-Anderson's business and helped the U.S. win World War II
 
KSTP-TV1949
KSTP-TV, Minneapolis-St. Paul, became the first television station in the Upper Midwest
 
Lutheran Brotherhood1949
Christ Lutheran Church, Minneapolis – Eliel Saarinen's simple, modern design has influenced church design for more than half a century
 
Miracle Mile Shopping Center, St. Louis Park, MN1951
Miracle Mile Shopping Center, St. Louis Park, MN, became the Twin Cities' first suburban shopping center
 
1955
Lutheran Brotherhood, Minneapolis, became the city's first modern office building downtown since 1930, and its first modern curtain wall building
 
1955
Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park, Minnesota – Lloyd Engelsma partnered with hospital planners including financier Carl Pohlad to build the first hospital in the west suburbs of Minneapolis
 
1958
McDonald's, St. Louis Park, MN – strategically located across the street from Park High School, Mickey D's first foray into Hennepin County was a hit
 
1961
Southtown Shopping Center – Bloomington's largest shopping center (at the time) was anchored by the largest Montgomery Wards department store in the nation
 
1969
Metropolitan Medical Center, Minneapolis – Lloyd Engelsma and Kraus-Anderson were instrumental in facilitating the merger of Swedish and St. Barnabas hospitals
 
Mau Hill1970s
Maui Hill Condominiums, Hawaii, expanded Kraus-Anderson's growing real estate portfolio
 
Control Data Corporate Headquarters, Bloomington 1972
Control Data Corporate Headquarters, Bloomington – engineered an innovative slipform technique to speed the construction of the supercomputer complex, built to accommodate 2,500 employees
 
1972-79
Kraus-Anderson launched diverse operations, including Kraus-Anderson Insurance (1972), Kraus-Anderson Mortgage (1973), Kraus-Anderson Realty (1978), Kraus-Anderson Advertising (1979), each designed to build on Kraus-Anderson's efficiencies.
 
Cargill1976
Cargill Office Headquarters, Minnetonka, Minnesota – this early example of a master-planned corporate campus is situated in a beautiful wooded locale
 
Pillsbury Center, Minneapolis1980
Pillsbury Center, Minneapolis – this double office tower project was expedited through careful coordination of workers and resources within one square block of busy downtown Minneapolis
 
The Mountainside at Silvercreek, Grandy, Colorado1983
The Mountainside at SilverCreek, Granby, Colorado – this 4,000-acre development became Kraus-Anderson's third timeshare property, and its first outside of Hawaii
 
Canterbury Downs1985
Canterbury Downs, Shakopee, Minnesota – teamwork helped Kraus-Anderson to the on-time completion of the 390-acre racetrack complex just 15 months after being selected as contractor
 
Fountain Lakes1986
Fountain Lakes, Estero, Florida – this 365-acre residential community comprises single-family homes, villas and apartments
 
Ceresota Block Renovation, Minneapolis, MN1988
Ceresota Block renovation, Minneapolis – transformation of vacant grain elevators to upscale hotels and housing spurred on the Mississippi Riverfront Renaissance that continues to this day
 
3M Research Facility, Austin, Texas1988
3M Research Facility, Austin, Texas – phase I included a 1.5 million-square-foot laboratory, 300,000-square-foot office and tunnel on a 162-acre site
 
MSP AirportSince 1991
Metropolitan Airports Commission – Kraus-Anderson has provided construction management services on over 400 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport projects, totaling over $1.4 billion in construction value
 
Lions Research Laboratory, Unversity of Minnesota1992
Lions Research Laboratory, University of Minnesota – this research facility launched the U's groundbreaking bioscience corridor and was the first of three such facilities built by Kraus-Anderson
 
Macy's Mall of America1992
Macy's, Mall of America – Kraus-Anderson built the largest of MOA's four anchor tenants
 
Park Nicollet Tower Place1995
Park Nicollet Tower Place – healthcare, retail, restaurant and entertainment venues successfully converged at this early example of inspired mixed development
 
1997
Lloyd Engelsma retired, naming his son Bruce Engelsma Chairman and CEO
 
Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center, Minneapolis1999
 Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center, Minneapolis – This showroom facility won an Earth Day 2000 Award and became a pilot project for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a program of the United States Green Building Council
 
1998
Cabela's Owatonna, MN – this store began the outdoor outfitter's successful nationwide retail expansion
 
Lawson Commons2000
Lawson Commons, St. Paul – The office building's successful completion brought the software company to downtown St. Paul, becoming a catalyst for economic revitalization
 
2000
Woodwinds Health Campus, Woodbury, MN, became a national model for patient-centered care
 
ADC World Headquarters'2001
ADC World Headquarters' campus reflected the broadband technology company's leading-edge perspective
 
2003
Westwood Elementary School, Zimmerman, Minnesota became the first LEED-certified school in the state
 
2004
St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace – battling record warm temperatures, Kraus-Anderson led the team of over 3,000 volunteers to complete the palace in just 19 days, on time for half a million visitors.
 
Thief River Falls2005
Thief River Falls Joint Operations Facility – first state building to incorporate B3 standards
 
2005
Bet Shalom, Minnetonka, MN – tradition and modern ingenuity blend in this facility featuring a flexible sanctuary space and movable wall panels
 
2005
Swedish Institute Solarium, Minneapolis – sensitive restoration to the historic structure brought it back from the verge of collapse
 
2005
3 Scimed Place, Boston Scientific – Kraus-Anderson has built multiple projects for the bioscience firm
 
Vanguard Group2006
Vanguard Group, Scottsdale, AZ – this office building, the first built to LEED standards in Arizona, was built for repeat client Liberty Properties, Inc.
 
2008
Cub Foods, St. Paul – the first LEED-certified grocery in the Cub Foods chain was constructed for longtime client SUPERVALU
 
2008
Taconite Ridge, first commercial wind energy center in northeastern Minnesota
U.S. Port of Entry, Warroard, Minnesota2010
U.S. Port of Entry, Warroad, Minnesota, was recognized with a national Government Services Administration Design Awards Construction Citation
2010
Lloyd Engelsma was inducted into the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame by the Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business for outstanding business performance coupled with a high standard of ethics and sense of community. See video.
The Sanford Center, Bemidji, Minnesota2011
The Sanford Center, Bemidji, Minnesota – the 193,000 square-foot arena and convention venue positions Bemidji for major conferences and national acts; and provides a home for Bemidji State University hockey
Unversity of Minnesota Amplatz Children's2011
University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital was completed according to Green Guide for Healthcare standards