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Knutson picDespite the aggressive schedule for its latest project, Knutson Construction is right where it wants to be.
By Bianca Herron

Knutson Construction Services has been in continuous operation since Thor Knutson founded it in 1911. With experience building in 18 states, more than a century later the Minneapolis-based company has earned a reputation for an intense work ethic, unwavering business integrity and a profound sense of collaboration with its architects and subcontractors.

Knutson has additional offices in Rochester, Minn.; Eau Claire, Wis.; and Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Its purpose, Senior Project Manager Roger Hunwardsen explains, is to make its clients’ dreams a reality.

Turner Construction Texas State UniversityTurner Construction oversees the construction of a $46 million addition to Texas State’s arena that will better accommodate commencement and athletics.

By Tim O’Connor

When construction firms use 3-D building modeling, the client benefits from better decision-making and more precise construction methods that lead to lower costs. The post-project uses for an electronic model are rarely considered. But Texas State University has a plan to utilize the 3-D model generated for its University Events Center project to improve the upkeep of the building long after the last worker has left the site.

Data from building systems will be incorporated into the model so that maintenance staff can call up the design, click on an air handler unit, for example, and see the upkeep schedule and performance for that piece of equipment. “The university has kind of taken the use of modeling to the next level,” says Eric Wildt, project manager for Turner Construction, the firm managing the project.

EllisDon Seneca King picOntario-based EllisDon is designing and building new facilities for Seneca College’s King Campus.

By Kat Zeman

EllisDon is polishing a $71 million crown jewel at Seneca College’s King Campus in Ontario.

The Mississauga, Ontario-based construction and building services company is in the middle of a king-sized expansion project that involves the design and construction of new academic and extracurricular facilities that will increase the college’s range of programs and provide space for an additional 1,450 students.

“EllisDon is excited to be working with Seneca on the project,” says Andrew Anderson, senior project manager. “We have a great history of working together, and this being Seneca’s first use of the public-private partnership delivery model, it provides us with the opportunity to further demonstrate our ability to be flexible and adaptive to their needs.”

FCI picThe innovations built into Meadowlark School will leave the Erie, Colo., community in awe when it opens this fall.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

To meet the education needs of residents in the rapidly developing town of Erie, Colo., Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) last year began building Meadowlark School. About 570 prekindergarten through eighth grade students will attend the new state-of-the-art school in the fall. “Boulder Valley School District has about 27,000 students with 56 schools covering about 540 square miles,” BVSD Project Manager Tom Blahak says. “A piece of the Town of Erie is located in Boulder County and it’s our first building this far East.”

BVSD began area assessments for Meadowlark in 2013 and in 2014 passed a $576 million bond issue to build it and replace three other schools. “It’s still the largest public school bond issuance in Colorado history,” Blahak says. “Meadowlark total cost is $41.6 million with construction cost amounting to about $32.2 million.”

tb penickHunters Point Community Library on Long Island is on schedule to be completed by next summer thanks to coordination and teamwork.
By Construction Today Staff Editor

T.B. Penick & Sons Inc. was founded in 1905 as a general construction contractor. In more recent years, the San Diego, Calif.-based company opened an East Coast office in New York City to work on more projects, according to Project Manager Jorge Garcia.

“We specialize mainly in structural concrete work,” Garcia says. “We also do construction management, design/build and innovative concrete systems for various sectors, including education, healthcare, theme parks and commercial.”

Fowler and HammerExceeding expectations while operating in a safe environment is top of mind for Fowler & Hammer Inc. as it completes the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Science Labs Building.
By Bianca Herron

Fowler & Hammer Inc. strives to bring innovation to every project by utilizing the latest in construction technology. The La Crosse, Wis.-based company’s most recent project for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is no exception as new Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology is being used for the majority of the Science Labs Building’s interior construction. This allows Fowler & Hammer Inc. to analyze constructability while efficiently planning and coordinating jobsite activities with trade contractors.

“As a general contractor, we do things the right way,” Vice President and COO Eric Lehmann says.  “We don’t cut corners. I know a lot of contractors say that, but we truly don’t. We want to build our projects right the first time by offering exceptional quality and value.”

3D StoneUnder the direction of new owners Lily and Kurt Sendek, 3D Stone continues to expand upon its already strong history of product excellence and customer service.

By Bianca Herron 

Whether one may notice or not, Indiana limestone is everywhere. Some of America’s most notable buildings, including the Biltmore Estate, Washington National Cathedral, Pentagon and Empire State Building, all share a common factor: they were built with Indiana limestone - a hallmark of construction throughout the history of the United States, says Greg Gootee, Vice President of Sales for 3D Stone.

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