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Build Me Up
37 minutes | Nov 29, 2022
Rural Healthcare Topics and Trends
Project managers Rachael Oelke and Megan Geiser, as well as Kathy Kuepers of Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County and Joni Olson of Gundersen Tri-County Hospital, join this episode of "Build Me Up." We chat with the group about their current hospital projects and how their collaboration benefits both teams and builds. We also discuss patient experience, building in rural versus urban settings, how the community benefits from the new facilities, and more.
52 minutes | Nov 15, 2022
National Adoption Day with the Magstadt Family and Generations United
National Adoption Day (November 19th, 2022) is this week, and Kraus-Anderson’s very own Kevin Magstadt and his wife, Kris, are recent recipients of the Angels in Adoption award. The two join the episode to share their inspiring story about the adoption of their two grandchildren, Kaiden and Michaela. Jaia Lent, the deputy executive director at Generations United, also joins the podcast. She shares how the nonprofit is a resource for families navigating adoption, as well as offers a wealth of knowledge about adoption overall. While we know there is a variety of adoption stories and circumstances, our episode is primarily focused on “grand-families.”
48 minutes | Nov 1, 2022
On the Right Track: MPLS Public Transit and the Vibrant Downtown Experience
This episode, we’re joined by Tiffany Orth of Move Minneapolis and Ben Shardlow of the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District. Tiffany and Ben, as well as their teams, are passionate about the city of Minneapolis and work hard to make the downtown experience a positive one for all. We chat about sustainable transportation practices, how their work plays a role in the revitalization of downtown, and more.
30 minutes | Oct 18, 2022
Construction Inclusion Week with Heather Hoffman, President of Commercial Drywall
Heather Hoffman, President of Commercial Drywall, joins this week's episode. In recognition of Construction Inclusion Week, we chat with Heather about her approach to a few of the week’s designated topics: commitment and accountability, belonging, supplier diversity, and workplace culture. Heather details the events that led to the take-over of her father’s subcontracting company and what she hopes to see for its future.
32 minutes | Oct 4, 2022
La Crosse's Landmark by the Rivers: Revitalization, Revision, and Innovative Use
The Landmark by the Rivers project team joins this episode of "Build Me Up" to talk about the completed apartment and retail complex. The building, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016, provides downtown La Crosse with modern, luxurious living while maintaining its rich history. We chat with the team about the building’s background, what to consider during historical renovation, and how they incorporated the past while building for the future.
39 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
A New Name and Executive Director Propel Agate Housing and Services into the Future
Kyle Hanson, the recently-named Executive Director of Agate Housing and Services, as well as Michelle Perrin, the nonprofit’s Director of Outreach and Shelter, join this week's episode of "Build Me Up"! They tell us about the organization’s recent merger and name change (Fun fact: The Lake Superior agate is Minnesota's state gemstone!), dive further into the services and programs provided, and explain how businesses and individuals can volunteer or make donations.
39 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
Meet Cultural Jambalaya's 2022 Diversity Award Winner: Dr. Lee-Ann Stephens
Gail Shore, founder of Cultural Jambalaya, and this year’s Cultural Jambalaya Diversity Award Winner, Dr. Lee-Ann Stephens, join Build Me Up! Dr. Stephens discusses her racial equity and social justice efforts within the St. Louis Park school district, as well as her students’ passion and commitment to building a fair and just society for all. Gail explains Cultural Jambalaya’s mission and tells us about the nonprofit's annual event. Learn more about the organization and buy tickets to the event HERE.
23 minutes | Aug 23, 2022
Emerging Professionals: Developing KA's Future Leaders through Community and Education
This episode, "Build Me Up" is joined by Alex Titterud, Bre Nava, and Josh Carr — a group of KA employees who turned their desire for connection, collaboration, and learning into a companywide initiative. We dive into Kraus-Anderson's Emerging Professionals group and discuss where the idea came from, how the group has evolved, and how it benefits the organization and its employees. "Together, building a collaborative environment for KA's future leaders to invest in technical and professional development through education, community engagement, and networking opportunities."
48 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
An Inside Look at Burnsville's New Fire Station
BJ Jungmann, Terry Ritchie, Jason Rentmeester, and Quinn Hutson — individuals involved with the delivery of the beautiful Burnsville Fire Station — join "Build Me Up" to give listeners an inside look at the new building. We discuss the guiding principles that influenced the build, how the features play a role in the mental and physical health of the firefighters, and more. Make sure to visit the Kraus-Anderson podcast page on our website to see photos of the completed building.
49 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
After a short Fourth of July break, "Build Me Up" is back! Kraus-Anderson's Joe Baumann, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Melissa Wenzel, and buidling material reuse advocate Natalie Heneghan join the podcast to explain deconstruction. They highlight the benefits of the process, further explain some of its challenges, and give resources for those interested in implementing the process into their own lives. Additionally, they talk about how big-businesses, nonprofits, and government entities can work together to serve a common goal! Rethos Resources: https://www.rethos.org/resources
33 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Giving Old Homes New Life with Hearts & Hammers
Hearts and Hammers’ Randi Prebil and Kraus-Anderson’s Connor Hart join the "Build Me Up" podcast to discuss the wonderful organization that is Hearts and Hammers. We talk with the pair about how the nonprofit adds value to the communities in which we live, why people should volunteer, what to expect on program day, as well as Hearts and Hammers' short- and long-term goals.
39 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
"The Man Up Club": Developing Boys into Young Men of Character
We sit down with Korey Dean, founder of “The Man Up Club," an organization that’s goal is to empower young, black men to make positive life choices and equip them with the tools to be successful post-high school. Joining Korey is Jaeveon Mottley, a member of "The Man Up Club" and recent barber school graduate. Korey explains the meaning behind the name, the building blocks of the curriculum, and what he wants for the future of the organization, while Jaeveon shares insight into the benefit of the program and what it means to be a member of the Club. GodFlow Festival: https://www.themanupclub.org/godflow.html
44 minutes | May 31, 2022
Myth Busters: Construction Trade Unions Edition
This episode, we’re joined by Barry Davies, Barb Pecks, and Terry Coleman — individuals all involved in various ways with construction trade unions. The trio helps us debunk stereotypes and common misconceptions associated with trade unions in this myth-busters-esque episode.
43 minutes | May 17, 2022
The Buzz on Bees (and Other Pollinators)
This episode, we're joined by Laurie Schneider, founder of the Pollinator Friendly Alliance, as well as Tonya Kostick and Brendan Ward, Kraus-Anderson employees and the keepers of our KA bees. We talk about various types of pollinators, the important role they play in our ecosystem, and how KA started beekeeping. Our guests also suggest ways in which all individuals can do their parts to help preserve pollinators. The conversation wraps with some fun bee facts. "Take Action" List: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/623c9365af01026ca2eb4c15/t/62587b89efb6b16e6c2897d9/1649965969709/action+list.pdf Webinars & Videos: https://www.pollinatorfriendly.org/videos-and-talks
36 minutes | May 3, 2022
Ergonomic Best Practices with Kraus-Anderson Insurance's Sara Wilkins
In this week's "Build Me Up" episode, Sara Wilkins, of Kraus-Anderson Insurance, joins Dani and Laurisa to talk about ergonomics and its benefits to both employees and their employers. They talk through some common workplace / work-from-home problem areas, and Sara explains a few easy changes that will make a positive, long-term impact. This conversation causes our hosts to self-examine and implement the helpful tips in their own daily practices. Maybe you will, too?
49 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
To STARBASE and Beyond
Chad Ronchetti, Charity Johnson, and Beth Peppersack joined this week's podcast to discuss their varied involvement in STARBASE, a nonprofit that introduces students to the world of STEM. We discussed the students' day-to-day activities on base, the needs the organization is addressing, how businesses/individuals can get involved, and a lot more. Use the links below to access STARBASE's free kits and curriculum— To order kits: https://www.starbasemn.org/stemkits/ To access curriculum: www.starbasemn.org/virtual (Password: schools)
30 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
A Lasting Impact on Minnesota's Iron Range (Part 2)
Career development and community retention are hot topics concerning Minnesota’s Iron Range. Paul Noll, Morgan Seopa, and Willie Spelts joined “Build Me Up” to discuss the design and build of Rock Ridge High School, a designated Career Academy, and how the school and its programs hope to have a lasting impact on the community.
42 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
A Lasting Impact on Minnesota's Iron Range (Part 1)
Career development and community retention are hot topics concerning Minnesota's Iron Range. We were joined by Paul Noll, Morgan Seopa, and Willie Spelts to discuss the building of Rock Ridge High School, a designated Career Academy, and how the school and its programs hope to have a lasting impact on the community.
33 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Talking Women's PPE with Xena Workwear's Founder and CEO, Ana Kraft
Working as a project engineer, Ana Kraft was frustrated by the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) designed for professional women. She regularly went from a meeting room to the manufacturing floor but, unlike her male counterparts, had to excuse herself to change from office shoes into bulky work boots that never fit quite right. Instead of complaining, Ana created a solution. Click to listen to Ana's inspiring story. Shop Xena Workwear here: https://xenaworkwear.com/
44 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
2022 Industry Trends with Rich Jacobson and Jay Bowman
We last spoke to Kraus-Anderson’s Rich Jacobson and FMI Corporation’s Jay Bowman in February of 2020, about a month before COVID-19 struck the United States. We’re sitting down with them again, two years later, to chat about the construction industry’s emerging trends and how the pandemic may have modified some of their responses.
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