Construction Today - November 2017 - 116
Residential | KNUTSON CONSTRUCTION - THE NEXUS AT GRAY'S LANDING
A Good Experience
KNUTSON APPLIES ITS TEAMWORK PHILOSOPHY TO TWO APARTMENT PROJECTS IN IOWA. BY JIM HARRIS
can self-perform concrete
work, carpentry, masonry and
demolition on projects.
t the beginning of all its jobs,
Knutson Construction's project
managers ask their clients to
tell them the top five things
"that keep them up at night" regarding a
project. "This could include price, subcontractor management or a tight schedule,"
Knutson Construction - The
Nexus at Gray's Landing
* Construction cost: $22 million
* Location: Des Moines, Iowa
* Employees on-site at peak: 110
* Scope: Luxury apartment building
"We are a mu i-faceted company at can perform a wide
spectrum of jobs."
- Wade Hiner, director of business development
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says Wade Hiner, director of business
development for the Iowa City branch of
Knutson then asks its clients to rate the
company based on how it responds to those
factors. "We want to know what the most
important things to our clients are and
how we are doing when it comes to those
items," Hiner adds, noting the company will
take corrective action if necessary to keep a
project on track.
The company's ability to understand its
clients' goals and honor its commitments
exemplifies what it calls "The Knutson Experience." The term was coined in 2005 after
Knutson commissioned extensive research
with its clients to understand how they
view the construction process. The research
was expanded to include architects, subcontractors and employees.
Knutson provides extensive training
to its employees based on input received
through internal surveys. This training
helps it better deliver a positive experience
to clients, Hiner says.
The Edge and the Nexus
A recent beneficiary of the "Knutson Experience" is Minneapolis-based real estate
developer Sherman Associates. Last December, Knutson completed work on the Edge at
Gray's Landing, a 90-unit, $12 million apartment building in Des Moines, Iowa. Work on
the project started in September 2015.
The Edge is a four-story, wood-frame
building with a concrete slab-on-grade
parking deck and cement board siding exterior. The 90,000-square-foot building is
now fully occupied, Project Manager Brett
In August 2016, Knutson began work on
The Nexus at Gray's Landing, a $22 million,