Change is not only constant, it’s the lifeblood of industry and innovation. For more than 120 years, Kraus-Anderson has been driving and serving our clients’ changing needs, through thought leadership, dedicated effort, and whole-hearted collaboration.
Family is at the heart of who we are: a family-owned enterprise with many multigenerational employees; and family of companies with diverse, robust expertise in real estate, construction and risk management. Moreover, KA and our people are devoted to an extended family- those communities we serve.
While KA continues to grow, flex and innovate to serve the future, we are steadfast in our core purpose of Together, strengthening the communities we serve; and our EPIC values- Excellence, People, Integrity and Commitment.
Laying the Foundation
J.L. Robinson Company founded, Minneapolis
Goodfellow’s Dry Goods Co., Minneapolis flagship operation that is today known as Target Corporation
St. Thomas Hospital, Minneapolis – first hospital in the Fairview Health system
Chemistry Building, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Robinson retired and sold the company to Mathew Kraus and Amos Andersen, who renamed the company Kraus-Andersen and later, Kraus-Anderson
Lloyd Engelsma joined Kraus-Anderson as estimator and office manager. He would go on to purchase the company a few years later.
KSTP-TV, Minneapolis-St. Paul, became the first television station in the Upper Midwest
Miracle Mile Shopping Center, St. Louis Park, MN, became the Twin Cities’ first suburban shopping center
Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park, Minnesota was the first hospital in the west suburbs of Minneapolis
Southtown Shopping Center – Bloomington’s largest shopping center (at the time) was anchored by the largest Montgomery Wards department store in the nation
Control Data Corporate Headquarters, Bloomington – engineered an innovative slipform technique to speed the construction of the supercomputer complex, built to accommodate 2,500 employees
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.
Guided by Lloyd Engelsma’s leadership and entrepreneurial spirit, by the 1970s Kraus-Anderson was growing into a multifaceted enterprise, managing construction projects throughout the nation and venturing into new opportunities from real estate development and ownership to insurance and advertising. In this rare 1975 interview, Lloyd shares some of that progress with WCCO-TV newsman Bob Potter.
Grounded in Midwestern Ingenuity
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
KA Developments extend to Colorado, Florida and Hawaii developments
Collaboration & Commitment
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
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
Kraus-Anderson has provided construction management services on over 400 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport projects, totaling over $1.4 billion in construction value
Construction manager for ongoing work at North Country/Sanford Health, Bemidji
Construction manager for ongoing work at Boston Scientific
Bruce Engelsma named Chairman, Kraus-Anderson Companies
Cabela’s begins national expansion with KA. Kraus-Anderson would go on to complete new stores and remodels for the retail client for over 25 years and in 25 states.
Westwood Elementary School constructed, Zimmerman, MN – first school project to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Cub Foods Phalen constructed, St. Paul – One of the first groceries in the nation to achieve LEED Gold certification.
U.S. Land Port of Entry constructed, Warroad, MN — The project became the most honored of Government Services Administration projects named that year, earning recognition for design, construction and sustainability.
Sanford Center constructed, Bemidji, MN- The 193,000 s.f. arena and convention center positions Bemidji for major conferences and national acts, and provides a home for Bemidji State University hockey.
430 Oak Grove opens – 90 years after building the Northwestern National Life Insurance building, Kraus-Anderson returned to purchase and redevelop the four-story building into distinctive apartments. Working with historic tax credit funding, Kraus-Anderson thoughtfully repurposed the Beaux Arts building to honor its heritage and adding modern amenities and comforts to suit today’s needs.
Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival. KA is founder and title sponsor of this community celebration showcasing the region’s dynamic cycling trails and outdoor activities, with proceeds going to area nonprofits.
Gundersen Health Legacy Building completed. Construction of the 430,000 s.f. facility was completed on the active hospital campus over the course of 36 months. The new facility achieves exemplary sustainability goals including 100 percent energy independence.
Alexandria High School constructed. KA provided prereferendum services as well as construction management services for this LEED Silver, leading edge learning facility serving students grades 9-12.
KA Block Development – This master-planned, mixed use development represents Kraus-Anderson’s 360-degree real estate capabilities, including ownership, development, design, constsruction and leasing and management services.
Watford City High School completed, ND – Constructed by KA to provide modern, flexible, high-tech learning environment in the fastest-growing county in the U.S.
Construction begins on the Hilton Downtown Rochester for longtime client Titan Development. The 20-story hotel is among the first projects under the City of Rochester’s Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative, one of the largest economic development initiatives in the nation.
TCO Performance Center completed – Constructed by Kraus-Anderson, this world-class headquarters and training facility is home to the Minnesota Vikings.