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February 5, 2014
Kraus-Anderson receives four 2014 Awards of Excellence from Minnesota Construction Association
Company honored with top Choice Award for its work on Duluth Airport Terminal
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (January 30, 2014) – Kraus-Anderson (KA) received four 2014 Awards of Excellence from the Minnesota Construction Association (MCA) at its annual gala last night. Among KA’s honors is MCA’s Choice Award for the construction company’s work on the $77.5 million Duluth International Airport’s new passenger terminal.
The Choice Award – MCA’s top honor — recognizes a project that features a resourceful blending of construction techniques and professionals; includes a unique, creative and visionary design; and was completed in a safe manner.
The world-class Duluth terminal replaces an outdated facility that was built in 1973. The new terminal meets Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliance requirements, Department of Homeland Security post-9/11 requirements, Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility guidelines, and has new accommodations for processing international flights by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Designed by Reynolds, Smith & Hills, Inc., the 110,000-square-foot airline passenger terminal, which opened in January 2013, is LEED Silver certified with sustainable green energy features such as a geothermal heating system and numerous windows for natural lighting, making the new building as eco-friendly as possible.
Two main levels are connected by escalators, stairs and elevators. The terminal includes a new restaurant, lounge, gift shop, two baggage-claim carousels, vending and restrooms. A comfortable 400-seat passenger seating area is complete with Wi-Fi, TVs and in-floor outlets for electronics.
In addition, the project includes new long- and short-term parking lots, multiple pick-up and drop-off vehicle traffic lanes, and a separate commercial-vehicle lane.
The Duluth International Airport’s New Passenger Terminal has also been named one of the Midwest’s Best Projects by Engineering News Record, recognizing outstanding design and construction in a variety of categories.
Additional MCA Awards of Excellence for KA
Kraus-Anderson was also recognized at the January 29 celebration with three additional MCA Awards of Excellence.
New Project – Over $10 Million category: HealthPartners Riverway Clinic, Anoka, Minn.
Located on the site of a former baseball field, the two-story, 60,000-square-foot building is nearly double the size of the clinic it replaces. Created with input from the community, the new facility adds several new services, including pharmacy, urgent care, ob/gyn, chiropractic, mammography, occupational medicine and non chemo infusion. Other features include on-site lab, radiology, ultrasound and colonoscopy services.
The facility evokes a calm, serene environment with abundant natural light, genuine stone, granite and wood surfaces, nature murals and other calming elements. Designed by BWBR Architects, the teamwork effort included strong participation among women and minority subcontractors; and employed BIM/VDC technology to enhance the efficiency and flexibility of the facility for the owner’s future use.
Renovation Project category: Longfellow Elementary School, Minot, N.D.
The successful renovation and expansion to the school is part of a massive flood recovery effort for Minot Public Schools that began in July of 2011. Following the historic floods in the spring of 2011, KA worked closely with FEMA and the school district. Within a 40-day window, KA set up 60 modular classrooms on three sites, accommodating approximately 750 students from five school locations, allowing fall 2011 classes to start on schedule. Modular classrooms were set up on the Longfellow play field and at two other school locations. By mid-November, a temporary cafetorium was erected at Longfellow, providing a welcome space for hot lunches and phy-ed classes.
The new Longfellow Elementary School facility opened in time for the 2013-2014 school year. The addition includes a 24,850-square-foot, two-story classroom addition; 9,417-square-foot single-story classroom addition; and 8,120-square-foot gymnasium. Designed by JLG Architects, the renovation consisted of a 25,641-square-foot remodel; conversion of the gym into a cafeteria; and renovation of the entire school into a seamless, contemporary structure that retains original features such as the pledge of allegiance wall with state of the art classroom amenities including Smartboards.
Green Project category: Gundersen Behavioral Health, LaCrosse, Wis.
The new 54,000-square-foot, 34-bed facility offers state-of-the-art treatment and security in an inviting, compassionate environment, all part of Gundersen’s LEED-certified campus expansion. The two-story building replaces the 40-year old facility with maximized natural light, greater privacy, freedom of movement and access to green space, which includes outdoor courtyards for patients and visitors. The U-shaped layout provides behind-the-scenes access and expanded patient wards for acute, geriatric, adult and adolescent patients. Other features include open nurses’ stations to promote patient-staff interaction, porch-like areas in patient rooms, walls of natural light curving toward the entry and a meditation room for visitors.
The project team tested and procured materials and systems that addressed the unique safety and security needs of the facility. Mock ups of rooms and systems were created and tested for durability. Handles, hinges, grab bars, doors, windows, casework, soap dispensers, wall plates, card readers and other elements were scrutinized and removed or modified if found to be a potential ligature point. In addition, doors, toilets, windows and mirrors were tested for impact resistance. The project was designed by HSR Associates Inc. in collaboration with BWBR Architects.
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company (www.www.krausanderson.com) is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. The company has been ranked consistently among the top Green Contractors in the U.S. by Engineering News Record and has been leading the charge in sustainable design and construction for the last 20 years. Kraus-Anderson, an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has regional offices in Madison, Wis., Minot, N.D., and Duluth, Bemidji and Rochester Minn.