KA Projects Earn Minnesota Construction Association Awards of Excellence
Kraus-Anderson took home two Minnesota Construction Association (MCA) Awards of Excellence at this year’s gala. The awards honor high-quality construction projects in the Midwest that provide unique ideas, benefit their community, and showcase a professional team effort and strong leadership.
Kraus-Anderson’s new corporate headquarters and Glenwood DNR’s new facility were each honored by the MCA. In addition, KA was recognized with a Merit Award for the renovation and expansion of Rochester International Airport.
Kraus-Anderson Corporate Headquarters
KA transformed our old corporate headquarters with surface parking lot into a comprehensive, mixed-use block in East Town Minneapolis with hospitality, dining and housing options. The highlight for our employees is the new five-story, 110,000 square foot office space that consolidated three offices into one collaborative work space. The new office is full of employee amenities, including a fitness center, cafeteria, lounge areas, heated underground parking, and a Kraus-Anderson University learning space. The high-tech environment brought our employees together from around the Twin Cities and voted us one of Star Tribune’s Top Workplaces of 2018.
The building earned LEED certification and Excel Energy’s 2018 High Performance Building Award for its sustainability and energy efficiency. The KA Headquarters is part of the legacy project of the KA Block, which transformed the block in the Elliot Park neighborhood we have called home since the 1940s. The new headquarters is attracting new talent to the area and helping with the neighborhood transform into a booming destination in Minneapolis.
Minnesota Glenwood DNR Area Fisheries
The Glenwood Area Fisheries facility was designed to promote and highlight sustainability in Minnesota. Every aspect of the building was developed and constructed with nature in mind. It earned a zero energy rating, representing a 100% reduction in carbon producing fuel. The building has earned recognition for its environmental leadership and innovative design, including a 2018 Best of B3 Design and Best of Sustainable Buildings 2030 awards. The project team went the extra mile to ensure the new facility was both high-quality and of minimal disruption to its surrounding land.
The facility produces walleye to stock fishing lakes throughout the state, with a research lab evaluating stocking processes, artificial spawning habitats and genetic performance. The DNR’s environmental stewardship is baked into the building’s infrastructure, which utilizes energy neutral technologies including geothermal heating and cooling, LED smart lighting, natural lighting and solar energy. The grounds are landscaped with native plants, rain gardens and pervious pavers to control runoff.