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February 2, 2012
Washington County Government Center receives Award of Excellence from International Facility Management Association
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (February 2012) – The Washington County Government Center in Stillwater, Minn. has received the Award of Excellence from the Twin Cities Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Completed in November 2011, the building was constructed by Kraus-Anderson Construction and designed by St. Paul-based Wold Architects.
Kraus-Anderson remodeled a 70,000-square-foot, five-story building to provide office and support space for 450 employees from multiple departments within the organization. The building also acts as the primary campus for more than 1,100 employees. Construction challenges were centered on coordinating 11 department moves and 600 staff members without affecting business operations.
The project included establishing and implementing space standards, and functionally aligning operations with the existing floor space. Other improvements included upgrading the HVAC controls, and adding new lighting controls and security systems. KA focused on developing a finish palette that respected existing finishes and completing the project within provided budget.
“From the beginning, Kraus-Anderson made sure our County operations would not be disrupted and customers would not be inconvenienced,” said Greg Wood, Washington County building services director. “Public projects are always under scrutiny, as they should be. Having a professional partner in Kraus-Anderson on this project saved us time and money while delivering a quality building. You can’t ask for more.”
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson® Construction (www.www.krausanderson.com) is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. Leading the charge in sustainable design and construction for the last 20 years, the company has managed dozens of national LEED projects and has been ranked consistently among the top Green Contractors in the U.S. by Engineering News Record. KA is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Kraus-Anderson is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has regional offices in Phoenix, Ariz., Madison, Wis., and Bemidji and Duluth, Minn.