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ter will utilize high-performance mechanical equipment. "We have
extensive experience with sustainable construction and LEED."
Nature of the Project
Kraus-Anderson has coped with fair and poor weather conditions as
it has built the center. "We had a fair amount of rain last fall, but we
had a relatively mild winter, which helped," Stark reports.
The temperatures, he notes, never reached sub-zero levels that
would have prevented tasks from being completed. However, "spring
came a little bit early this year," he recalls.
"The thaw caused some problems with our steel erection sequence
and our laydown areas to assemble our steel members for the
115-foot-tall practice facility," Stark says. "We had to make up time
on that schedule."
Safe and Sound
Kraus-Anderson has kept safe during the project. Its designated
safety coordinator uses iAuditor, a program that documents safety
observations, Stark says. "If there's any areas of concern, we highlight
those and document those," he says.
All workers on site also are required to undergo safety orientations. "We put stickers on people's hard hats to track that," he says.
"We also have people sign forms to document they've gone through
the safety orientation."
Safety also is the first topic discussed during every subcontractor
and foreman's meeting, Stark says. "Subcontractors also are required
to turn in their MSDS sheets if they have cranes on site," he adds.
"They have to have it on record that their cranes are certified."
"There is a lot of enthusiasm related to this project, which has been
to our advantage."
Kraus-Anderson also has paid close attention to retaining its
workers, Stark adds. "There's articles I've seen in the paper where
manpower and labor shortages are being experienced across the
country, "he says.
"That's a concern for us, so we're monitoring certain crews where
finding qualified people may be a challenge," he says. "But we haven't run into many problems associated with that."
Based in Minneapolis, Kraus-Anderson provides general contracting and construction management services from coast to coast.
Stark, who joined the company 14 years ago, credits its success to its
"[We work] to deliver a high-quality project at the most efficient
cost and on schedule," he says, noting that a high percentage of its
work is repeat business. "It's based on the customer service ... and
maintaining those relationships."
Kraus-Anderson wants to maintain its relationship with the Minnesota Vikings. "We certainly hope that there's more work coming,"
"Hopefully, there will be other opportunities on this development," he says. "We've enjoyed working with the Vikings and would
like to continue working with them."
Across the Board
Stark has enjoyed working with all of his subcontractors on the
project. "It has been very good across the board," he explains.
Kraus-Anderson strives to
deliver high-quality projects
at the most efficient cost.
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