Project Highlight | Ronald McDonald House

KENDELL is excited to participate in the expansion of the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, MN. KENDELL is partnering with Knutson Construction on the project, which kicked off early this summer. The main purpose of the $16.5 million expansion is to provide more housing for the families of patients undergoing treatment. Along with the added rooms will be improved common spaces for all of the residents. This will include indoor and outdoor play areas, an indoor gym and added parking space.

The expansion is something the house has unfortunately needed for years. The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester has had to turn away thousands of families over the past 4 years because of limited space. In an article published by the foundation, they explain the rise in the need of room, “The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester serves nearly 1,000 families per year, but the need for its services continues to grow, as Mayo Clinic sees 1.65 million outpatients and 130,000 hospital admissions annually. The expansion allows the House to serve many more families for years to come.” Ronald McDonald Houses are supported and closely tied to a local health care facility, in Rochester this is Mayo. Mayo has donated the land, construction management and maintenance for the facility. After construction is complete, around 600 more families a year are going to be able to utilize the House!

KENDELL is teaming up with ASSA ABLOY for a full frame and hardware package along with wood doors manufactured by Eggers Industries. Specific hardware will include Sargent 8200 locks, 350 series closers and 80 series exit devices. The 35 added room doors will also include a new POE card access system. This will be hard wired at various point-of-entry doors, which allows guests to come and go similar to a hotel room.

The KENDELL team working with the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester is Dan Marx (Estimator), Travis Pauley (Engineer), Tim Bratsch (Project Manager) and Cory Etbauer (Security Integration Specialist).

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Project Highlight | Shepherd Lab Robotics

KENDELL is currently partnering with Knutson Construction on an exciting venture at the University of Minnesota with the brand new Shepherd Lab Robotics.

According to an article published by the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering, the project entails, “a 20,000-square-foot renovation that will include nine flexible robotics labs and various work spaces for robotics faculty and graduate students. One lab is two-stories high to accommodate research on flying robots. Another lab is expected to include a large water tank where researchers can test aquatic robots. The labs will also include new state-of-the-art equipment, such as 3D printers and laser cutters for rapid prototyping.”

USGBC MN IMPACT 2017 Conference


KENDELL is a Session Sponsor for USGBC's IMPACT 2017 Conference. Join us at IMPACT 2017 in St. Paul on May 3rd!


The IMPACT 2017 Conference will illustrate through case studies, examples and best practices how green building is growing at the community scale by using innovative technologies and systems, and incorporating health and well being into the built environment.

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MN State Capitol Restoration Project

MN State Capitol Restoration Project

The MN State Capitol is undergoing a major renovation. This is the first time any renovations have been completed on the Capitol since it was constructed in 1905. The MN State Capitol Restoration Project is a $300 million project that has been scheduled to take over three years to complete. The project began in the fall of 2013 and is scheduled to end in 2017.