Archive for December, 2021

‘Tis the Season for Charitable Giving

Friday, December 31st, 2021

As another fulfilling year comes to a close, one of the things in which we are most proud is the impact we were able to have on the local community around us. In December 2021, Egan Company shareholders selected local nonprofits to receive a charitable donation, many of which were hand-delivered around the holidays.

The result was financially supporting nine causes that aligned with Egan’s purpose, goals, and/or values:

Learn more about these deserving organizations and their missions through the links above.

Top (left to right): Second Harvest Heartland donation, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Bottom: University of Minnesota Foundation, American Cancer Society of Minnesota

2021 “Best of Promises Kept” Awards

Monday, December 20th, 2021

Each year, we take customer care to new levels. An important part of our workplace culture at Egan Company includes recognizing those who exemplify this care in our annual “Best Of Promises Kept” awards.

Throughout the year, we receive narratives of “Promises Kept” that amplify stories of Egan employees providing exceptional customer service. At the end of the year, a few of these stories are chosen for the “Best Of” award, recognizing those that have gone above and beyond. Traditionally, these have been announced at an Employee Christmas Party;  this year, the awards were presented individually by Egan Company CEO Duane Hendricks and President James Ford. Honored employees were able to gather in a small group to celebrate.

Congratulations to the Individual and Team Promises Kept Award winners! See below to read the recognized stories:

Greg Dupont did a great job in the W5 UPS meeting. Not only was he prepared, but his ability to work around other’s schedules was superb. Greg made the facilities team look good. Thank you to Greg for being such a great partner – this is exactly why we appreciate YOU leading projects at JFB! Great job and thank you for your hard work!

– M. Frana, Maintenance & Operations Lead, General Mills

Dylan McDonah was a tremendous help during the Gustavus Nobel Hall project. He was always looking ahead, and not only for himself but for others as well. Dylan was always ahead of the curve. I went to him many times only to find out he already was taking care of it. He was very conscientious to make sure if he was not going to be there that I always had someone to go to. I think Egan is very lucky to have such a talented foreman. I just wanted to thank the Egan team and say that I look forward to working with Egan again – it was a pleasure!

-E. Miller, Superintendent, Kraus-Anderson

The Engineering Management Team for the 20 Washington Ave South project would like to thank the Egan team (Mike Kellner, Gibson Kellner, Jeromy Magill, and Andy Whalen) for the outstanding job they did with the installation of the new Notifier fire system. The building is a 7-story, single tenant building where the tenant was the prior longtime owner of the facility. Being prior owners, the tenant representative is very knowledgeable and protective of the building. We had several meetings and interactions with the tenant’s representative and Mike did a fantastic job describing his approach to transitioning to the new fire system. He provided timelines and addressed all the tenant representative’s questions and concerns. We feel the crew’s knowledge of fire systems and Mike’s presentation skills gave the tenant’s representative a sense of confidence that the project would go smoothly, which it did. Mike and the crew’s unending energy, attention to detail, and passion for the work, delivered a fire system that is well designed, easy to use, and simple to test. Kudos to the Egan crew for a job well done!

– T. Strum, Chief Engineer, Able Engineering Services

Share your experience with us or submit a Promises Kept recognition story by visiting our Customer Feedback page.

Making Spirits Bright with Holiday Toy Drive

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

The holiday spirit is in full swing. While it’s easy to get caught up in the many traditions, time spent with loved ones, and holiday cheer, we’re taking this time to slow down and remember the community around us.

During the first week of December, both our Twin Cities and Rochester locations were able to host their annual toy drives. Our Twin Cities employees donated 84 toys and $3,745 in monetary donations, with an Egan Company match resulting in 168 toys and $7,490 being donated to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation for distribution locally in the Twin Cities metro area. Our Rochester employees were able to donate 20 toys and $580 for Ronald McDonald House Charities, to ensure that children staying in the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester receive gifts. The Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a home to families as they or a loved one seek medical care.

Check out our Egan representatives sharing about our local impact on KARE 11!

Why Should a Contractor be ISNetworld Compliant?

Monday, December 13th, 2021

In the construction and engineering industry, compliance to safety is a necessity. While there are many different ways of proving compliance, one of the more reputable ways of validating a contractor’s safety is through ISNetworld.


ISNetworld (ISN) is an online database for safety management which streamlines compliance pre-qualification.  This network aids organizations—like contractors and hiring clients/customers—by ensuring that regulatory compliance is met.

Most often, a potential end user/hiring customer will request that a contractor be audited. Contractors will submit safety documentation; then, based on guidance from several large companies, ISNetworld assigns the contractor a grade. To be “ISNetworld Compliant”, a company must meet both customer-specific requirements and ISNetworld requirements and receive a “B” or higher overall grade.  While customer requirements vary from company to company, ISNetworld’s Review and Verification Services (RAVS) criteria consistently includes items such as: OSHA Recordable Incidents, Insurance Certification, Safety Programs,  EMR/NCCI Rating, and federal citations. Customers can also request that ISNetworld run a RAVS Plus Implementation Assessment, digging in with an even deeper evaluation.


Hiring organizations make decisions on whether or not to hire a contractor based on their ISNetworld ratings. With this insight, they are able to easily determine the overall safety upheld by a contractor, informing their decision-making process. In turn, failing to maintain ISNetworld compliance results in the loss of customers and projects overall.

Egan is proud to remain ISNetworld compliant with all of our active customers, continually maintaining an “A” grade. In 2020, Egan was selected by one of our customers to complete a RAVS Plus Assessment including evaluation of employee knowledge, assessment of written programs, interviews, and more. We’re honored to have completed this accomplishment which furthered our safe and strong relationship with these partners. For further reading, see Egan’s corporate safety initiatives.

Marching for a Mission

Friday, December 10th, 2021

Meet Kirk Marthaler, Vice President of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Veterans Committee for Local Union 292 and Egan Company electrician. As a Veteran, Marthaler has taken the time to share resources with his peers and others at Egan. He’s passionate about supporting Veterans in need. 

Last month on Veterans Day, Marthaler participated in a 22-mile march to raise money for three different 501(c)3 Veteran organizations (Veterans in the Outdoors (VITO), Soldier’s 6, and Invisible Wounds). Marthaler completed his 22 mile march around 9PM on Veterans Day.

“These three veteran organizations  have been advocates for Veterans in our community. Thank you for your support during this fundraiser,” shared Marthaler, “The money raised—not if but when—will save someone’s life.”

In support of Kirk Marthaler acting as a resource and advocate for Veterans at Egan and beyond, Egan made donations to these deserving organizations:

  • Veterans in the Outdoors (VTO) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, veteran operated organization that provides service members the opportunity to experience a hassle free hunting/fishing adventure.
  • Soldier’s 6 is also a Minnesota based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides honorably discharged veterans, police officers, and fire fighters with specially trained K-9’s. Soldier’s 6 is named this because the service dog has it’s buddy’s “6” (or back).
  • Invisible Wounds Project is a nonprofit that seeks to raise awareness and provide services to Minnesota’s military, first responders, front-line medical staff, corrections, dispatch, and their family as it related to mental health, PTSD and suicide.

Complexity in Nature Calls for Specialty Systems

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s (HCME) Project

Combine a unique set of project specifications, sophisticated systems, a strict construction deadline, and what do you get? An opportunity to play to the Egan advantage and complete the new, one-of-a-kind Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s facility in Minnetonka, Minn. The brand-new facility will serve the surrounding communities by providing answers that would otherwise not be determined.

From every angle you look at this recently completed 64,000-square-foot project, it provides a unique set of characteristics. The $53 million dollar facility was efficiently designed in part by the Medical Examiner’s staff themselves with the goal to make the process simpler and decrease autopsy times.


When it comes to a Medical Examiner’s office, the details are imperative. Considering the weight of the work completed within a multitude of research labs, precision is of the utmost importance.  Providing a wide variety of plumbing systems and more, Egan’s scope of work included a complete mechanical build out of the building.

From the coroner’s office to research and development labs, a variety of different systems were designed and installed to meet the needs of this project. The intricacies of this nature of work are immense – especially when it comes to the complicated drainage, sanitary, ventilation, and redundancy systems. The team was able to install elaborate systems from the autopsy room and tables themselves to precision air valves throughout the facility and large exhaust fans and air handling units to ensure proper ventilation and drainage.

This project speaks to the testament of “it’s all in the details”. When tasked with the opportunity to provide new, innovative solutions, the team always stepped up.

“From my perspective, Egan has been a top performer on the HCME project since day one.  I’ve been extremely satisfied with the work that Egan has completed to date and their willingness to work as a team to provide innovative solutions to challenges as they arise,” shared Kris Rubenzer, Knutson Construction Senior Project Manager. “HCME is a very challenging and complex project, and we’ve been fortunate to have a reliable partner like Egan on board to provide the mechanical expertise that was needed on this project.”

One great example of this is seen in the autopsy tables. These state-of-the-art tables are equipped with the necessary tools, including automatic height adjustment features. The sheer complexity of scoping the piping below required a great deal of accuracy. Similarly, the floor drains are not your average drain, rather, they have a distinctive design that allows them to “flush”.

Even when it comes to the award of this project itself, our team was uniquely positioned for the opportunity thanks to our relationship with Knutson Construction, the General Contractor.

“This project took a great deal of pre-planning, coordination, additional design and accuracy,” said Ian Wilson, Egan Company Senior Project Manager. “With the help of our partners at Knutson and our amazing field foreman and modelers, we were able to install this project with accuracy and efficiency.  In our industry, it is not everyday that we get to work on and build a project of this scale and importance . . . we are very grateful to have been given the opportunity to be  a key partner on this project.” 

For more information on the new Hennepin County Medical Examiners, see the recent media coverage: Star Tribune or Kare 11. Further project details can be found on the featured project profile.