Top Projects


Finance and Commerce (F&C) news has selected their 2017 Top Projects awards in Minnesota and the winners include another group of union built projects including the Rochester Mayo Civic Center Convention Center Expansion, the skillfully restored Minnesota State Capitol building and the massive St. Croix Crossing Bridge near Stillwater.   All three of these projects were built by Union contractors and skilled Union tradesmen and women under Project Labor Agreements.

According to F&C, an independent panel of judges looked at the degree of difficulty, creativity in design, innovative construction techniques, cooperation among contractors and management and sustainability efforts to rate each project submitted.

The Rochester Mayo Civic Center Convention Center Expansion project was aided by the 2014 Capital Investment Bonding bill, approved by the legislature and signed by Governor Mark Dayton. The expansion brings upwards of 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting and exhibit space to handle industry events, technical conferences, health care summits and more. The project was led by Union Contractor Knutson Construction and included many area Union contractor subs and LIUNA Local 405 Members from the Rochester vicinity. 

J.E. Dunn Construction led the general contracting efforts of the highly anticipated $310 million Minnesota State Capitol Restorationproject. Highly skilled Union craftsmen and women played a major role in this project as they once did 100 years ago. The historic renovation work greatly depicts the true talent and flare of Minnesota’s Union construction industry as hundreds of men and women worked over a 4 year period to safeguard the integrity of this historic landmark, giving it a fully refreshed look while improving structural aspects as well.

One of the region’s most impressive bridge projects made the Top Projects list. Led by Lunda Construction and Ames Construction in a joint venture, the $600 million St. Croix River Crossingproject created hundreds of jobs for LIUNA members over a three year time frame. One of the most critical facets of work by LIUNA members was casting the concrete segments that made up the framework span of the bridge.

Duluth had two Top Projects according to F&C News. Cirrus Aircraft Completion Center, a $12.7 million expansion built by Union contractor McGough Construction and Union subcontractors is generating 150 new jobs to a company that has built over 6,000 aircrafts. The historic NorShor Theatre renovation built by Union contractor Johnson-Wilson Constructors was also recognized. This was a major restoration of the original Grand Opera House, built in 1889.

In Minneapolis, the $140 million Target Center Renovation project led by Union contractor Mortenson Construction also made the list. The much needed renovation improved many fan and visitor amenities including a new reinvigorated exterior.