TKDA Announces Plans to Acquire Duluth-based SJA Architects

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Acquisition enhances TKDA’s architecture scope; positions the firm for growth

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“...we expect our partnership will lead to future growth and additional jobs for the firm in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin,” said Bill Deitner, Chief Executive Officer of TKDA.

TKDA, a provider of engineering, architecture and planning services, announces it has a signed letter of intent to acquire Duluth-based SJA Architects in a strategic business move that broadens both firms’ capabilities and better positions them for future growth opportunities. TKDA, headquartered in St. Paul, has had a hand in designing numerous Twin Cities’ landmarks over the past 100 years, from Como Park’s Marjorie McNeely Conservatory to the redesign of the I-35W St. Anthony Bridge after the collapse.

The new affiliation with SJA strengthens TKDA’s position in the architectural community and provides an avenue by which to pursue new opportunities in greater Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. SJA has led several high-profile projects in Duluth, including Amsoil Arena, and the Civil Engineering Building and the Swenson Science Building, both on the University of Minnesota-Duluth Campus — all LEED certified facilities. SJA is also the lead architect on the new University of Minnesota 4th Street Residence Hall and Dining Facility on the Minneapolis campus.

“We want to create the best team to win additional work and are committed to maintaining and growing the Duluth office,” said Bill Deitner, Chief Executive Officer of TKDA. “With our combined expertise, services and dedication to our clients and communities, we expect our partnership will lead to future growth and additional projects for the firm in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.”

In addition to the newly acquired Duluth office, TKDA also operates offices in Chicago, Ill.; Tampa, Fla.; Irvine, Calif.; and Kansas City, Kan. The company plans to retain all employees at SJA and anticipates adding engineering staff to the Duluth location in the months to come.

“TKDA, with its solid reputation for quality engineering, is the right partner to grow our business,” said Ken Johnson, president of SJA who will direct the TKDA St. Paul and Duluth architects, landscape architects and interior designers. “We are coming together to provide superior coordination and service to clients in the region.”

About SJA
SJA Architects has been providing their clients and communities with full architectural, design and planning services in Minnesota and Wisconsin for more than 36 years. SJA has earned a reputation for excellence in design, planning and predesign, preparation of construction documents, and construction administration.

About TKDA
TKDA is an employee-owned professional services firm providing engineering, architecture, and planning to clients nationwide. With nearly 200 employees, TKDA delivers single source, integrated services to both public and private markets. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., TKDA ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms and includes satellite offices in Duluth, Minn.; Chicago, Ill.; Tampa, Fla.; Irvine, Calif.; and Kansas City, Kan.

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