Congratulations to the 2019 Awards of Excellence Winners!

On March 6, 2019, the Minnesota Construction Association (MCA) honored its members for outstanding recently completed construction projects. The awards were presented at the annual MCA Awards of Excellence Gala at the Minneapolis Marriott West. Congratulations to all of the Awards Recipients honored at the 2019 Gala!

Terra Construction won in the New Project Total Value Under $15,000,000 category for the College of Saint Benedict Athletic Complex. Construction services for the College of Saint Benedict Athletic Complex were completed by Terra Construction in early 2018. The project resided on a 40-acre site. The scope included (3) intramural/multi-use fields, (2) soccer fields, (2) softball fields and a 20,000 sf Alumni Center housing locker rooms, restrooms, concessions, training facilities, alumni lounges and a press box.

In the New Project Total Value Over $15,000,000 category, Kraus-Anderson won for the Kraus-Anderson Headquarters Office. The new 5-story headquarters was the first phase of a redevelopment of the KA Block that elevates the company’s longtime commitment to downtown. The headquarters consolidates the cultures of three distinct offices, once spread throughout the Minneapolis metro and surrounding suburbs, and creates a modern, vibrant workplace for 300 employees that blends high-tech efficiencies with legacy features.

Donlar Construction won in the Renovation, Expansion or Tenant Improvement Project category for the College of St. Benedict Caedmon, Wendelin and Artisan Studios Renovation project. Building on a rich heritage, the College of St. Benedict acquired and repurposed three historic monastic buildings for use as their new administrative and admission offices. They hired Donlar as CM@r to build a link addition between Caedmon Hall and Artisans Studios and completely renovate and upgrade all three buildings.

In the Government Construction Project category, Adolfson & Peterson Construction won for the Sherburne County Court Addition project. The Sherburne County Expansion and Renovation project includes a 95,000 sf addition to an existing Government and Jail. The addition included five courtrooms, two adjacent secure holding areas with two cells each and direct connections to the jail through a skyway and series of secure elevators, offices for the county attorney, court administration, community corrections and judge’s chambers.

Kraus-Anderson won in the Green/Sustainable Project category for the Minnesota DNR Glenwood Area Fisheries. This project included the renovation of the Old Main Heating Plant building to add combined heat and power generation equipment to create a multi-functional Old Main Utility Building. The new Energy Plant connects to the existing Gopher substation and the University’s utility system.

Empirehouse, Inc. won in the Subcontractor/Specialty Contractor category, for the Pentair project. Empirehouse teamed with Greiner Construction and Studio BV on the remodel of the Pentair Suite on Floors 7-9 of The Colonnade Building as the architectural glass and metal contractor and design assist partner. Unique features: Feature wall made up of 29 digitally printed pieces of glass, 60-minute fire-rated glass system, and custom all-glass door hardware.

In the Research, Innovation or Use of Technology category, Inspec, Inc. Engineers/Architects/Consultants won for The Re-Installation of Tableau – A Native American Mosaic. The City of Minneapolis retained Inspec to design an innovative support system under their sidewalk mosaic artwork titled “Tableau” by George Morrison, which would provide distributed structural support for the expected vehicular traffic, while at the same time provide for moisture percolation thereby avoiding cracking and degradation associated with frost heave.

Each year, the Minnesota Construction Association recognizes a project that was completed as a result of resourceful blending of construction techniques and professionals. The 2019 recipient of the MCA Choice Award was RJM Construction for the Treasure Island Center project. RJM Construction transformed the former Macy’s store in downtown St. Paul into the Treasure Island Center. The project includes a mix of office and retail tenants, topped off by a 1,100-seat hockey practice facility.

The rooftop NHL-sized ice rink, named TRIA Rink, is the most distinctive feature of the building. Crews placed a 100,000-pound crane atop the roof to hoist structural steel, mechanical equipment and other supplies. This innovative idea saved the owner over $1 million and two months of scheduled time.

In addition to the core and shell renovations, RJM led many tenant build-outs. These projects included space for the Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. RJM also built a 6,000-square-foot orthopedic clinic for TRIA on the first floor of the building.

MCA also honored outstanding companies and individuals at the Awards of Excellence Gala. These awards acknowledge the exemplary work and dedication to quality construction by our members.

General Contractor of the Year – Greiner Construction
Subcontractor of the Year – Atomic Recycling, LLC 
Service Provider of the Year – Braun Intertec Corporation
Design Professional of the Year – BKBM Engineers
Member of the Year – Heather Grazzini-Sims

MCA Project Excellence Awards

Nominations will be accepted from MCA Members in good standing during 2018 and 2019. Contractors and Subcontractors/Specialty Contractors are invited to nominate a project completed between 2016 and 2018. The project must be substantially completed when nominated. 

Early bird entry fee is $250 if submitted on or before November 16, 2018. Entry fee is $350 if submitted November 17 – December 10, 2018.

All entries must be fully submitted and paid by December 10, 2018 to be judged.

Nominations can be submitted for a project in each of the following categories:

  • New Project Total Value Under $15 Million. Excludes design fees, development costs and land.
  • New Project Total Value Over $15 Million. Excludes design fees, development costs and land.
  • Renovation, Expansion or Tenant Improvement Project. Includes any modifications to an existing structure or building.
  • Government Construction Project. Includes public schools, local, state and federally funded projects.
  • Green/Sustainable Project. Conditions to be considered will include sites issues, water efficiency, energy reduction & effects on the atmosphere, materials & resources use, reuse of onsite materials & reduction including building reuse, indoor environment efficient use of utilities and green building cost benefit to the owner.
  • Research, Innovation or Use of Technology. Construction “means and methods”, processes or studies that advance or improve the construction industry.
  • Subcontractor/Specialty Contractor Project.  Includes subcontractor or specialty work of any size or cost.

All nominations must be submitted online! Please click here to review information and guidelines to set up an account and submit your nominations. 

Online Project Excellence Award Nomination Form
 

MCA Choice Award

The MCA Awards of Excellence committee is always searching for the best and most challenging projects in the Midwest to consider for the MCA Choice Award. The MCA Choice Award is unique as it is not a nominated award or a people’s choice award. A panel of MCA members seek out challenging projects completed by MCA member companies and select the project they feel is the most deserving.

The award is presented to a project that was constructed through:

  • Resourceful blending or construction techniques and professionals.
  • Evokes positive ideals through community service or historical preservation
  • Showcases a truly professional team effort
  • Spearheaded by strong leadership
  • Unique or visionary in design, stands out aesthetically
  • Achieved through an innovative blending of progressive business and financial methods
  • Involved creative use of materials
  • Utilized public and private involvement and cooperation
  • Completed safely with minimal injuries

Previous MCA Choice Award winners include Ryan Companies’ Downtown East Mixed Use Development, Knutson Construction’s Target Field Station and Kraus-Anderson Construction Company’s Duluth Airport Authority’s New Passenger Terminal to name a few.

The panel is currently considering candidate projects for the MCA Choice Award to be announced at the 2019 Awards of Excellence.  If you are aware of a project that might qualify for the MCA Choice Award (even if you have not been involved in the project), please email info@mnconstruction.org by October 10, 2018 with the following information:

  • Project name and location
  • The Developer, Builder, and/or Owner
  • Your Contact Information (including phone and email)

MCA Member of the Year

Please consider nominating a fellow MCA member for the Member of the Year award!  We are looking for a member candidate who meets the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrates a commitment to MCA and its growth
  2. Is active in MCA
  3. Has contributed to the success of ongoing or recently completed construction projects

Nominations must include a brief statement explaining why you believe this member deserves special recognition. 

Please click here to complete the online nomination form by Monday, December 3, 2018.

    MCA Member of the Year

    Please consider nominating a fellow MCA member for the Member of the Year award!  We are looking for a member candidate who meets the following criteria:

    1. Demonstrates a commitment to MCA and its growth
    2. Is active in MCA
    3. Has contributed to the success of ongoing or recently completed construction projects

    Nominations must include a brief statement explaining why you believe this member deserves special recognition. 

    Please click here to complete the online nomination form by Monday, December 3, 2018.

    MCA Individual Excellence Awards

    General Contractor, Subcontractor, Construction Service Provider and Design Professional of the Year will be decided by the members via electronic vote. Watch your email for more information!