Archive for May, 2018

Video Series: We Are Egan Controls Electricians

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

The spotlight is on Egan’s Controls Electricians this month as we continue our video series highlighting each of our diverse trades.

Check out some of our previous videos here:

Iron Workers
Limited Energy Technicians
Sheet Metal Workers

We Are Egan – Ty Stovall

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

“My favorite thing about Egan is installing and completing projects that will last for years to come.”

Meet Ty Stovall, Pipefitter Journeyman with Egan for four years.

Outside of Egan, he enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends.

Also, when Ty isn’t busy working in the field, you’ll find him working in the kitchen, as he’s also a chef by trade!

Our company is shaped by who we are, not just what we do. Together, we are Egan.

Building Luck & Gaming

Friday, May 18th, 2018

For over 15 years, Egan has been making its mark on a few of Minnesota’s most popular casinos – transforming them from simple gambling establishments to full-amenity gaming destinations. Major renovations, expansions, and new construction projects at Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Grand Casino Hinckley, and Mystic Lake have been imprinted by Egan’s multi-trade expertise for its array of scopes.

Enhanced gaming floors, a variety of dining options, upgraded pool, among many other features are bringing a rejuvenated feeling to the Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley – each of which recently celebrated its 25th year in operation.


An entirely remodeled, multifaceted culinary marketplace with six food stations.
Services Provided: Design/Build plumbing and HVAC systems, and mechanical controls.

Casual, 24-hour eatery with sit down service.
Services Provided: Design/Build plumbing, piping, and HVAC systems.

20,000 square foot bar/restaurant with 45 different tap beers.
Services Provided: Design/Build conduit for tap hook ups, make-up air/exhaust, supply duct, reheat coils and controls, high-efficiency boiler system, gas and water connection for separate kitchen, and mechanical controls.

• Associate Dining Room                   • High Stakes Room                   • B3 Burger Bar
• Gaming Floor Improvements         • Guest Swimming Pool            • Multiple New Dining Options

The longevity of Egan’s work on projects for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has included scopes of all sizes. From the Little Six Casino to the recently opened Mystic Lake Center, a history of trust and transparency has created a successful momentum that have guided these projects to commission.

Nine-story hotel and conference center attached to the casino. Highlights include a 70,000 square foot event center and 180 hotel rooms.
Services Provided: Installation of plumbing, HVAC, hydronic piping, mechanical equipment and controls, building temperature controls, and VRF HVAC systems hotel guest rooms.

The SMSC recently broke ground for its newest building, Hocokata Ti, a cultural activity site, community gathering space, and public exhibit highlighting the history of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux. It is scheduled to open in 2019.

Egan Teams: Electrical, Mechanical, and InterClad


Exceptional Service is Recognized by JFCS

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) has recognized Egan with an award for exceptional service for work on the JFCS office building that was completed in March. Egan was part of the project team that remodeled the interior and exterior of it’s existing building in Golden Valley, Minn.

Judy Halper, JFCS CEO, presented Egan with the award at the building’s ribbon cutting ceremony on May 8. “There are so many who were critical to bringing this vision of JFCS and The Stillman Family Foundation to life, including Egan. After so much hard work, we want to acknowledge Egan with an award for service.” – Judy Halper

The service award acknowledges the hard work of Egan teams: electrical and mechanical, technology systems, and building automation. Project managers include Carrie Thompson, Tom Buirge, Tim Johnson, and Dane Grunerud. Field leaders include Joe Baumgartner, Tom Rodrigues, Chris Nelson, Matt Snyder, and Eric Oja.

Find out more information about Egan’s role at JFCS here.

HQ Renovations Showcase Collaboration

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Innovation, integration, and efficiency – three words to describe both the process and the finished product of Egan’s newly renovated corporate office space. Last Fall, the Brooklyn Park, Minn. office underwent an extensive renovation project utilizing Egan’s in-house expertise and specialty trades. The result: an open-office environment that promotes collaboration and provides a more flexible workplace for employees.

“The office area was in need of improvements to better fit our growing employees and align with our values,” said Duane Hendricks, Egan Company President & CEO. “We had an opportunity to modernize and carry over similar themes we used at our Champlin facility to create a more efficient, open space for employees to enjoy.”

The 126,000 square foot office was last renovated in 2003, and is one of three Egan facilities in Minnesota – Champlin and its Southern Minnesota offices in Rochester and Austin.

“Our last renovation project in Champlin was an empty 180,000 square foot warehouse that we made our own in 2016,” said Tom Buirge, Egan Company

Construction Manager. “A challenge this time was renovating a fully occupied office on a tight deadline. We wanted to complete the project with as little disruption and moving around of employees as possible.”

The completed office space has additional conference rooms and huddle spaces, sit/stand desks in every workspace, an open-floor layout, workspaces for future growth, and an updated lobby with dynamic artwork displaying Egan’s multi-trade expertise and services.

“This project completes our office and facility renovations in the Twin Cities,” said Hendricks. “We expanded and upgraded our mechanical shops in 2016 to improve manufacturing efficiencies, and are thrilled with the new look and feel our employees and customers get to experience now in both our Twin Cities offices.”


ELECTRICAL: replaced all existing office fixtures with LED and added space occupancy-sensored lighting

CURTAINWALL/GLASS/GLAZING: design and installation of glass walls in offices and conference rooms

BUILDING TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION: sound masking, work station, voice/data/fiber option, automatic window shades, audio/visual, building automation system

Thinking Outside of the Trimble Box

Monday, May 7th, 2018

The Trimble Robotic Total Station is a no stranger to the world of construction. Used mostly at Egan for large, new construction projects, the “Trimble” plays an essential part of laying out electrical and mechanical systems.

Its state-of-the-art design was built to verify even the smallest details between the shop and field prior to construction on jobsites. This makes it an ideal tool to accurately lay out underground utility systems, between floor structures, and other flat-plane surfaces.

Though the Trimble has many uses, it had never been used for the glass and glazing industry until Egan Company took on its biggest curtainwall project to date: U.S. Bank Stadium.

“Given the massive size and architectural shape of the stadium, we knew we’d have to get creative,” said Dan Ford, Egan Company Field Services Manager. “However, the task to efficiently and precisely install glass to this 30-story structure was a challenge we excitedly took on.”

This project sparked a unique, innovative Trimble process allowing Egan to accurately lay out anchors directly to a vertical steel surface (different than Trimble’s intended use) and solve two big installation components: risk of human error and efficiency.

In a traditional layout of curtainwall, there are multiple passes that happen before anchors are welded to the steel structure and the glass inserted. A pass includes many provisional tasks that progress toward a more permanent step within a phase of construction; many “passes” are within a phase.

The multiple passes for a curtainwall project include:

  • measuring and marking reference points by hand
  • verifying those references
  • tact welding temporary anchor points onto the building

With Egan’s Trimble process, many of those passes are removed. A digital layout and survey of the curtainwall happen concurrently allowing anchors to be permanently welded in one pass. Therefore, saving an incredible amount of time and labor. The process also allows the team to identify structural flaws early, which allows time for correction prior to installing glass.

Successfully applying this process at U.S. Bank Stadium has led to similar work on other professional sports infrastructures. NBA franchise, the Milwaukee Bucks, will call a new, beautiful arena home beginning this summer. The aesthetically appealing arena is being constructed by M.A. Mortenson who has tasked Egan and its Trimble expertise for the arena’s complex glass and glazing scope.

“Egan’s innovative thinking and usage of Trimble is a perfect example of the versatility of technology,” said Aric Stott, Product Manager at Trimble. “As a result, they’ve run multiple glass/glazing projects with intricate architectural scopes very smoothly — and we [Trimble] have been able to implement several feature enhancements to our product that have helped us stay ahead of the curve.”


We Are Egan – Chris Sucik

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

“My favorite thing about Egan is that every day is different – one day I can be outside working on a fiber vault and the next day I can be installing data lines in a school.”

Meet Chris Sucik, Limited Energy Technician with Egan for five years.

Chris’s favorite pastime is firing up the grill and spending summer days on the lake with his family and friends.

Our company is shaped by who we are, not just what we do. Together, we are Egan.

Faster Production For Specialty Beverages

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Since 1874, Cold Spring Brewing Company has been producing and bottling beer and craft brews for the Midwest. Most recently, this nearly 150-year-old brewery has expanded its product production to include bottling tea, soda, energy drinks, and more – quickly becoming the number one specialty beverage producer in the U.S.

To keep up with the demand for specialty beverages, Cold Spring Brewing started a two phase project to expand storage capacity and increase production with the installation of a fourth production line dedicated solely to specialty beverages.

“Egan’s electrical team has partnered with Cold Spring Brewing in a maintenance capacity for many years,” said Randy Kalthoff, Egan Company Project Manager. “And we were excited to take on this new project – especially since many of us on the team are from the Cold Spring community.”

The first phase of the new storage and production line was completed last November and included a new 211,000 square foot warehouse to store the bottled production before distribution. Egan’s team completed the LED lighting installation and worked with Kinghorn Construction for both phases of construction.

“This job has had its challenges that were immediately taken care of by Egan,” said John Kinghorn, Kinghorn Construction Project Manager. “As soon as we got Egan the right information and instructions, they’ve been able to handle any situation.”

Connecting the shipping and receiving building with the newly completed warehouse, the 30,800 square foot production area has one new production line and the ability to fit an additional production line for future expansion. Scheduled to be completed this summer, the production line has the capacity to bottle 1,600 16oz. cans and 2,000 12oz. cans every minute and produce a completed pallet of specialty beverages every 50 seconds.

Egan was tasked with ensuring all of the production line systems were properly wired and integrated so the equipment can communicate and run efficiently. Egan’s process and controls team specializes in the wiring and integration of elaborate network systems and production lines, and is adept at taking multiple pieces of equipment without a design or blueprint for connection and wiring them to the speed and efficiency needs of the customer.

The new, fully automated production line process wired by Egan takes empty cans from the pallet, high heat water rinses the can to kill any bacteria, fills the can with the specialty beverage, seals the cap on the cans, final high heat water rinses to kill any additional bacteria, and boxes and palletizes for distribution.

“We’ve had a great partnership with Egan over the years,” said Andy Paavola, Cold Spring Brewing Maintenance Manager. “That has definitely helped this project go really well – and, it’s been great working with Randy [Kalthoff] and his team again.”

Core Project Team: Kinghorn Construction Company, Cold Spring Brewing Company, HTG Architects

Service Provided: exterior and interior LED lighting, 3000 amp electrical service, lighting control and distribution system, mechanical equipment wiring, general purpose power wiring, audiovisual conduit system

(Pictured above L to R: Egan Electricians Dan Weber, Kristopher Durand, Dennis Belanger, and Derrick Frank)