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Putting the Pieces Together

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

While “creative problem solving” may not be found on a typical proposal or scope of work, every project and every jobsite requires teams to think outside the box and bring their perspectives to the task at hand. Egan Company’s Mechanical team recently brought their own unique and creative problem solving approach to a job at a data center facility, using unique equipment to help keep its facility expansion on track.


A large data center with multiple locations throughout the United States, partnered with general contractor Whiting-Turner, who hired Egan’s Mechanical team for critical Computer Room Air Handling unit (CRAH) installation. These units are essential for the integrity and reliability of the computers and servers hosted on-site. The job required multiple teams of different contractors to complete their work simultaneously. Egan’s Mechanical team was focusing on installing piping spools for the CRAH units within the building. This large and heavy equipment requires careful planning and the right team to ensure it is installed correctly and safely. 

However, a unique sequencing hiccup presented itself: does Egan install the piping before the walls are built, or does the general contractor put up the walls and have the Egan team install the piping later? 

Each of these sequences came with their own challenges and concerns, particularly around the safety and timeline of the project. Installing the piping after the walls would require more brute strength and unnecessary strain on the materials and Egan’s team. Putting the piping for the CRAH units before the walls would interfere with the work of other contractors. 

Fortunately, thanks to quick thinking and creative problem solving by Egan’s Mechanical field leaders, a safe and effective solution was found. 

The solution proposed allowed the drywall and framing crews to build corridor partitions, leaving out “windows” where the piping spools for the CRAH units could be placed. By utilizing a SpyderCrane — a piece of equipment typically used by Egan’s InterClad team — the crew was able to safely and efficiently install the spool pieces which minimized downtime and disruptions. Most importantly, the unique application of the SpyderCrane enabled a safe work environment, allowing Egan’s tradespeople to complete the job without needing to force equipment into place and risk physical injury or property damage. 


Even though the SpyderCrane is typically utilized by Egan’s InterClad team, the quick and creative thinking by Egan’s field leaders allowed the team to utilize the tools and resources Egan has on-hand. Multi-discipline expertise and collaboration on jobsites enables everyone to find success and complete their projects efficiently and safely. The project was completed in May of 2024, and the timeline was kept on-track thanks to the collaboration and expertise of Egan’s team.

Innovation and creativity are at the forefront of Egan’s approach to each and every project – always ready to use everything in its tool belt to find solutions and get the job done!

Calling on Trusted Relationship Amid Sudden Loss of Power

Monday, November 14th, 2022

At 5 a.m. on a Monday, an office tower in Brooklyn Park, Minn. experienced a complete loss of power. The culprit? Exterior bus duct corroding over time later leading to an explosion at the site, cutting all power to the building. With various tenants soon to be occupying the building that day, the property manager, MetroPlains Management, made quick decisions when it came to a reliable solution to the problem. 

Enter: Egan Company.

As a long-time customer, MetroPlains properties across the Twin Cities have been cared for by Egan employees for years. MetroPlains Management Property Manager, Jason Sklar shared, “Egan has been our primary partner for years for routine day-to-day work and significant tenant build outs in office buildings.” Having this established relationship to rely on made decision-making easy when facing this complex issue.

“Late this summer, one of our office buildings had a major power outage that damaged main feeder lines as well as the primary transformer, disrupting power to the entire building. Egan Company, with Project Manager Brent Fritz and a highly skilled trades team, came to the rescue. They had a crew on site immediately and worked with Xcel Energy to plan a temporary fix and install new transformers and temporary feeder lines. Fritz was onsite managing the crisis to ensure we had the best crew working on the problem. Working hand-in-hand with Xcel Energy, our building was back up and running the same day, much to our tenants delight,” explains Sklar.

Owning the Challenge

While the temporary solution was able to tide the building over, the team quickly worked to create a long-term solution with property safety in mind. Once the plan was in place, the work was executed swiftly by Egan electricians. The facility was switched from temporary generators to the permanent system before tenants returned the next day.

“Now our office building is better than ever with updated electrical systems. Egan has ‘owned the challenge’ of taking care of their customers when they need it the most. Thanks to this highly skilled team!” said Sklar.

At Egan, it’s our goal to not only aid in large scale, planned needs and updates, but also to have our customers’ backs in emergency situations. “Owning the challenge” means ensuring that the job is done right, and done safely – every time. According to Sklar, “Fritz continued to work with our property management team throughout to aid in the process of insurance claims adjusters in order to effectively restore our lost infrastructure.” Our response means seeing the project through, from start to finish.

“When it comes to field leaders like Deland Croze, I have the utmost confidence in their ability to make and carry out the best plan of attack.” Brent Fritz, Egan Company Project Manager, reflects. “With the outcome of the project in hands as capable and experienced as Croze’s, this project was sure to be completed accurately and on-time.” 

What could have resulted in a costly, extended process was streamlined by one simple rule: a strong partnership.

(The Egan team on the project included: Brent Fritz, Deland Croze, Valdemar Scherer, Chad Hughes, and John Tupy).

Finalizing the Iconic Gateway Project

Monday, January 24th, 2022

9,873 pieces of glass. 5,491 unitized frames. 300 full semi trucks delivering the unitized frames to the jobsite. A landmark location and historic project for Egan’s InterClad team. Egan’s largest completed project to date: the Gateway tower.

This new construction skyrocketed through the Minneapolis skyline topping off at 37-stories on the iconic corner of Washington and Hennepin. The mixed-use tower will provide retail, office, and hotel/residence space, with tenants including RBC Wealth Management, the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Minneapolis, Pohlad Companies, Carousel Motor Group, and United Properties. 

Right before the holidays, the InterClad crew was able to have a celebratory signing of the last frame that was set on the building. A ceremonial Christmas tree can be seen affixed to the top of the frame before it was raised up as part of the Ironworker, Glazier, and Glassworker tradition when completing a project. 

It [the topping off ceremony] was an exciting moment for the crew and myself to see how far the project has come,” said Egan Senior Project Manager Deb Linquist. “I want to personally thank everyone involved in the project since this couldn’t have been done without them!

Read more about the Gateway project >

A+ Testing for InterClad’s Curtainwall Systems

Monday, January 4th, 2021

Quality assurance is a promise Egan Company continues to provide customers on every project from every team and business offering. From placing that last electrical plate over an outlet to testing the integrity of a building façade, Egan will ensure the utmost quality on everything we construct, install, or remodel. 

Recently, Egan’s curtainwall system manufactured by Erie Architectural Products for the Essentia Health Vision Northland project in Duluth, Minn., underwent a series of performance tests to ensure even the toughest environmental elements wouldn’t compromise the integrity of the system. Over the course of two full testing days and an additional week in -30 degree weather conditions, a full size mockup section of the system had to pass 17 performance tests before any of the 2,700 units (almost 200,000 square feet) of curtainwall could be installed on the project. 

An airtight chamber was constructed on one side of the curtainwall system. The first tests completed are the Static Air Infiltration and the Static Water Penetration tests. These set a baseline for all additional tests, and both of these tests are completed after every round of testing to ensure the performance has not been affected. If either of the tests were to fail, the entire testing process would need to start over. 

All curtainwall systems installed on any Egan project undergo field testing to assess proper installation. A lab test is unique and is typically conducted when the curtainwall system is custom-designed and fabricated for the job. This project, for Essentia Health located in Downtown Duluth, has very stringent structural and thermal requirements which necessitated the lab tests be performed prior to starting the project. The project is a $900M hospital tower, clinic, and outpatient center that will add approx. 942,000 sq. ft. to Essentia Health’s Duluth campus. 

Additional tests that the system had to pass included air from a large wind generator directed at the curtainwall as water is sprayed; this is the Dynamic Water Penetration test. Other tests that focus on the structural design and movement, both vertically and horizontally, place additional stress on the system. Finally, the lab created a temperature simulation in the airtight chamber that lowered the ambient temperature to -30 degrees; the crews were unsure if they’d be able to sustain the extreme temperature requirements since this is 10 degrees lower than a standard test. Thankfully,  the curtainwall system passed all performance tests and installation on the project can proceed as planned.

The curtainwall unit went through extreme conditions, not only extreme weather conditions, but structural and movement testing as well,” said Ryan Woodruff, Egan Company Vice President and InterClad Business Leader. “It was great to see our curtainwall pass all performance tests and solidify that we install some of the best curtainwall products in the Midwest.

Curtainwall performance tests included:

  1. Static Air Infiltration Test
  2. Static Water Penetration Test
  3. Dynamic Water Penetration Test
  4. Uniform Structural Design Load Test
  5. Repeat Static Air Infiltration Test
  6. Repeat Static Water Penetration Test
  7. Interstory Differential Horizontal Movement Test
  8. Repeat Static Air Infiltration Test
  9. Repeat Static Water Penetration Test
  10. Interstory Differential Vertical Movement Test
  11. Repeat Static Air Infiltration Test
  12. Repeat Static Water Penetration Test
  13. Thermal Cycling Test
  14. Repeat Static Air Infiltration Test
  15. Repeat Static Water Penetration Test
  16. Building Maintenance Equipment Load Test
  17. Uniform Structural Overload Test

Fire Impact Requires Rapid Response from Egan Trades

Monday, December 28th, 2020

For over 75 years, Egan Company has committed to providing exceptional service and keeping our promises to our customers, no matter the time of day nor the severity of the need. When a fire destroyed part of Burnett Dairy Cooperative’s Grantsburg, Wisc. plant this summer, Egan was consulted immediately to develop a plan to get the plant fully operational as soon as possible. 


Known for producing award-winning, high-quality cheese products for over 120 years, and with customers waiting for products in their stores, the need to get the plant fully operational as soon as possible was of utmost importance. Working around the clock, multiple Egan crews comprised of six different trades partnered with Burnett Dairy and additional contractors to demolish and rebuild the infrastructure that was damaged in order to get the production lines back up running.

“We’ve worked with Burnett Dairy for the past few years and have formed a strong relationship,” said Dan Reintjes, Egan Company Project Manager. “When the call came in that we were needed to help after the fire, we were there as fast as possible to get the infrastructure and  production lines in perfect working order again.” 

The fire is believed to have started in the boiler building, which will require a complete rebuild. In the meantime, a temporary operation was conceived and constructed to ensure cheese production and assembly continued.  Egan’s process controls team worked late into the first night getting power to three of the plant’s electrical services and started a complete demolition of the fourth 2000 amp 5-section service gear which was then designed, built, installed and operational in nine days. The ammonia compressors were also powered up with generators on the first day in order to get Burnett Dairy’s warehouse coolers running to save all the products that were  already produced. Egan’s Mechanical team worked to make damaged piping safe and get temporary water piping installed as well as planning for a temporary boiler installation.

Egan was one of the contractors that was onsite within 18 hours of the fire trucks leaving the scene and didn’t leave until the plant was fully operational,” said Dave Gaiser, Burnett Dairy Cooperative CEO.  “With their help, Burnett was able to get our retail store back open within a few days so we were able to open for the weekend after the fire.  Within seven days, they assisted with getting one of our packaging lines operating so we could package cheese from other manufacturers and begin shipping to our customers. Egan worked 24/7 coordinating with other contractors to get Burnett running within two months of a fire impacting all utilities servicing the plant.

Beyond the initial scope of work that was completed to get the plant operational, additional projects were finished in order to restore complete operation to the plant. Egan engineers designed and programmed a new control system for the milk transfer and CIP systems that were lost in the fire, and additional electricians were tasked with installing new power distribution panels and feeders as well as installing the new milk transfer and CIP control panels and interconnect wiring.

Working alongside the controls electricians, Egan’s Mechanical trades were tasked with setting up the temporary, 900 horsepower self-contained boiler.  The team was also responsible for hydro testing and repairing all existing piping to ensure functionality and safety due to the fire.


The plant was back up and operational in 62 days, processing milk from 150 farms, and bringing 300 people back to work.

Burnett Dairy is currently operating with a temporary boiler trailer in place and due to the work of many contractors working within a tight timeline. Next steps for the plant include the design, engineering, and construction of the new boiler building; Egan’s full-time maintenance presence at the plant will continue, and any additional help the site needs as it starts the process of rebuilding from the fire.  

“Egan is a valuable business partner and the accomplishments of the past couple of months would not have been possible without them,” said Gaiser.


  • 35 Egan onsite electricians
  • 15 Egan controls and mechanical engineers contributed to the needed design and engineering
  • 31 Egan plumbers, pipefitters, and sheet metal workers were onsite
  • 5 limited energy technicians delivered network installations with all new data cabinets and cabling for the plant
  • 10 control panel technicians built eight U.L. 508A control panels on a tight turnaround

Attention to Energy Efficiency and a Family-Like Bond

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Below the 2.4 million square foot office tower and retail building sits a tight-knit team, focused on energy efficiency and continuous monitoring.

Located in the “center” of Minneapolis, the 33 Tower / City Center building is a Class A high-rise. At nearly 40 years old, its unique layout includes a retail mall, skyways, parking garage, and tower–the fourth tallest in Minneapolis. Prominent tenants include Target Corporation, Korn/Ferry International, and many other well-known organizations and retail stores.

In the corner of the lower-level space hangs a fitting sentiment: “Hail to the Chief”. Chief Engineer Tim Stefans has been with the building since 1980. He, along with his team of engineers, is committed to world-class building management procedures for energy efficiency and water efficiency standards.

There is not another building of this nature in the city of Minneapolis,” said Stefans, “and with this building, everything we do is about quality.

Best of the Best Energy Standards

Being in a class of its own, 33 Tower / City Center quietly boasts two impressive accolades: Certified LEED Platinum and an ENERGY STAR® Score of 97.

The Certified LEED Platinum distinction is the highest mark of quality and achievement in green buildings. According to The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program, “LEED certification means healthier, more productive places, reduced stress on the environment by encouraging energy and resource-efficient buildings, and savings from increased building value, higher lease rates and decreased utility costs.” 

Additionally, 33 Tower is an ENERGY STAR® certified building. The certification, backed by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is described as, “certified buildings save energy, save money, and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings.” 

Twelve years ago, the engineering team began benchmarking energy performance to measure and track the building’s energy, water, and/or waste and materials usage. It uses the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool, which has become the industry standard for rating a facility’s energy performance. 33 Tower’s 2020 ENERGY STAR score is 97, which means it’s more efficient than 97% of comparable buildings.

33 Tower has even received national recognition; two years ago, the building earned itself the title of “most energy efficient in the nation”.

Value of Team Longevity and Common Goals

33 Tower / City Center was ten years old when Egan Company (Building Control Group) was introduced to work on a small-scale project, in support of a desire to pay attention to energy and reinvest in the building.

Now locally managed by Ryan Companies, Inc, the building’s ownership went through a phase of rapid change. However, in the over 25 years working together, the building’s engineering team—along with the Egan team—has largely remained unchanged.

As long-standing partners, the teams at 33 Tower / City Center and Egan Company have a relationship built on trust and a shared goal: to improve the building’s sustainability and continuously evaluate building performance. Through this shared care about monitoring through the years, Egan trades have worked on systematic replacement of older systems and equipment, software/hardware updates, lighting upgrades, as well as technology design and function.

Among many who have worked with the team for nearly two decades, Egan Company Account Manager Brett Rasmussen started working onsite as a field technician in 2003. “Our long standing relationship has been built on understanding expectations and performing to them,” said Rasmussen. “Egan has a great working knowledge of this building and what is expected and needed for it to run efficiently. The building is not very forgiving, and a small error can translate to a big problem with such a large facility. But we also have some of the best field personnel in the industry. That, combined along with our experience and understanding of this building, whatever hurdle gets thrown at us, we make it disappear. Ultimately, we work hard to keep it running at a level that speaks for itself.”

The Egan team has become so much of an extension of the building team that at many times, there’s such a seamless level of work that Stefans and his team don’t experience disruption when Egan is working in the building. Referring to the latest project, Stefans adds:

I’ve got to tell you, we didn’t even know Egan was in the building. We didn’t even know—that’s how integrated this is. Now that’s phenomenal. I mean, if there’s a 10, these [Egan] guys are an 11. Rob LeMay, Ross Keane, Alex West, Aaron McDonough, Lawrence ‘Doc’ Bush, Jon Wall, and Dan Aberwald . . . they’re phenomenal. Ridiculously phenomenal.

Room to Improve Energy Efficiency

To further improve energy efficiency in 2020, the plan was set to migrate legacy technology to 21st century controls.

“For as long as I’ve ever been doing this, there’s never been a more complex job than what we’ve done in the last year. Really, nothing has ever been this complex and working through how to marry this new system,” Stefans shares, referring to the interactions between technology, building systems, the geometry of building, and the connected structures (skyways and newly-built hotel). 

As equipment moves toward obsolescence, Egan looks for opportunities to bring new technology and design to the table. As a result for 33 Tower / City Center, this year’s project was a large-scale retrofit representative of the need for modernization. And while projects like this provide a long term solution to a hardware problem, they also provide a means to improve efficiencies to positively impact the bottom line.

Read more about Egan’s recent project in upgrading the 33 Tower / City Center’s building automation system from I/Net controls to EcoStruxure >

Finance & Commerce Announces 2019 Top Projects

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Rapid changes and growth were experienced in Minnesota which included a stadium, cultural center, and multiple housing and apartment buildings, amongst other projects. As a glimpse into the year 2019, Finance & Commerce published its  “Top Projects” piece which highlights the top new construction and remodels around the state. Amongst these, we see a few familiar spaces. Egan was fortunate to have played a role in five of these top projects.


“The soccer-first venue transformed a once-contaminated and vacant lot in the Midway area into a thriving, popular, and must-see destination.”

Read more about this Top Project

Egan services provided: Curtainwall, storefront, ticket windows, nanawall, entrance doors, and art glass


“The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s culture center blends modern design with visual representations of Native American traditions and history.”

Read more about this Top Project

Egan services provided: Cafeteria build-out, stadium, theater, in-floor radiant heating, cogeneration, glass handrail, glass doors, skylights, sage glass, storefront, aluminum doors, curtain wall, auditorium, low-voltage, lighting controls systems, emergency system, generator, and electrical wiring


“The city of Rochester and other partners have been developing the 16-block area around Mayo Clinic since 2013 into a complex called the Destination Medical Center. Their hope is to build and enhance the DMC’s reputation, not only for medical treatment but also for research.”

Read more about this Top Project

Egan services provided: Mechanical systems, mechanical controls, aluminum curtainwall, aluminum entrance doors, glass handrails, building automation controls and engineering


“Rafter is an $83 million high-rise luxury apartment in northeast Minneapolis designed to reflect the area’s artistic vibe.”

Read more about this Top Project

Egan services provided: Curtainwall, storefront glass, metal panels, fin wall, glass guardrail, nanawall, sliding glass doors, and fire-rated glass


“Over the last four years, the previous 40-year-old Ronald McDonald House had to turn away nearly 4,000 families due to operating at capacity. But the new facility will serve more than 600 families per year.”

Read more about this Top Project

Egan services provided: Added additional parking, play areas, active play areas, and remodel of the existing building


Saturday, February 1st, 2020

Every day, on every job, safety remains the highest priority. This culture of safety didn’t happen overnight, on one project, or in one year. It’s been built on a commitment spanning across decades. A commitment we are proud to share with other industry leaders who value safety as much as we do.

January 31 not only marked the grand opening of Cargill’s GEOS R&D facility, but also a key safety milestone. Along with Terra Construction, we extend congratulations to Egan’s Electrical Special Projects team for being recognized for Outstanding Safety Performance and Excellence in Project Execution.

Operations Manager Jason Rosati shared an inspiring message from Cargill: “this project came in two weeks ahead of schedule, under budget and with no injuries. Safety, quality, and productivity is very much achievable.”  

We’re proud of our team for living Egan Company’s values and delivering a high performance result! It is a privilege to work alongside Terra and Cargill who both have unyielding commitments to safety.

Thank you to the following Egan contributors to this project:

  • John Kolb
  • Dan Bednar
  • Martine Hofseth
  • Herb Loeffler
  • Tim Horazuk
  • Dave Horazuk
  • Todd Voth
  • Luke Piram
  • Jason Rosati

Finance & Commerce Announces 2018 Top Projects

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

2018 was another busy construction year in Minnesota. From large-scale high-rise housing projects to numerous hotels, upscale working spaces, and much more, there were many impressive projects completed across the greater Twin Cities.

Furthermore, every summer Finance & Commerce recognizes these “Top Projects” and the hard working team behind them. Amongst the 40 selected, Egan’s team played a role in the construction of eight top projects.

Congratulations to all of the teams who have been recognized – we’re honored to have partnered with you to create such extraordinary buildings.

University of Minnesota Athletes Village

“University of Minnesota leaders conceived of the three-building, 387,000 square foot Athletes Village as an asset to elevate U of M athletics to an “elite” level – comparable to other major collegiate powerhouses.”

Read more about this Top Project

Egan services provided: curtainwall system, translucent panels, glass handrails, sliding glass doors, hollow metal and wood door glazing, digitally printed ceramic frit glass, back-painted glass, acrylic resin panels, and glass shower doors

Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center

“This gargantuan complex serves as a one-stop headquarters for the [Minnesota Vikings], who are about to embark on their 59th NFL season.”

Read more about this Top Project

Egan services provided: storefront, curtainwall and entrances, folding aluminum NanaWall, and glass guardrail installation, distributed antenna system

MoZaic East

“The goal was to bring a little vitality and daytime spark to the community, and in turn help the restaurants and retailers with some form of population during the day.”

Read more about this Top Project

Egan services provided: aluminum storefront, aluminum curtainwall, interior corrugated panels, and color-changing exterior composite panels

InterContinental MSP International Airport Hotel

“Until last year, travelers to and from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport had to leave the facility if they needed a hotel room. But with the construction of the InterContinental MSP International Airport Hotel, they no longer need to leave the campus.”

Read more about this Top Project

Egan services provided: electrical system, fire alarm system, TSA Security checkpoint design/installation, curtainwall systems, demising wall closures, stool trim, aluminum doors, and brake metal

Hub Minneapolis

“With 407 units and 618 bedrooms, the 26-story building houses U of M students just a short walking distance from East Bank Metro station, Coffman Union, and TCF Bank Stadium.”

Read more about this Top Project

Egan services provided: horizontal louvers, flush steam wall panel systems, and corrugated wall panels

Hennepin Healthcare – Clinic and Specialty Clinic

“Hennepin Healthcare’s new orange-hued building with striking walls of windows bring together 26 specialty and primary clinics that were once located in nine different buildings in the Hennepin County Medical Center complex.” 

Read more about this Top Project

Egan services provided: segmented surpiteen curtainwall system, windows, entrance doors, sliding entrances, curtainwall skyway bridge

365 Nicollet

“The 30-story luxury high-rise 365 Nicollet is among the pioneers of growing residential neighborhood at the north end of Nicollet Mall.”

Read more about this Top Project

Egan services provided: preglazed windows, terrace doors, aluminum curtainwall system, custom metal panel system – reveal seam wall panels, flush seam soffet panels, composite wall panels  

The 428

“… The 428 looks nothing like its former self. The building’s foreboding exterior brick walls have been replaced with glass windows and two additional floors.”  

Read more about this Top Project

Egan services provided: curtainwall entrance, windows, glass canopy system, decorative railings, aluminum entrance doors, NanaWall partition

Over the River and Through Winona

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

This summer Egan’s Southern Minnesota team capped off its two-year project on Winona’s historic bridge.

The city of Winona is nestled along the Mississippi River Valley roughly 100 miles southeast of the Twin Cities. Known for its picturesque bluffs and small town charm, a few of Winona’s most recognizable landmarks are highlighted by Sugar Loaf, a rock pinnacle created by quarrying in the 19th century, and a symbolic pair of bridges that connect Minnesota to Packer Country.

Though its formal name is the Main Channel Bridge, these two bridges are more commonly known as the historic bridge (opened during WWII in 1942) and the new bridge (opened in 2016 – located slightly upstream from its counterpart). Following the opening of the new bridge, the historic bridge closed for necessary rehabilitation. Now, after more than six years of construction, both bridges are finally complete.

Egan’s Southern Minnesota team got the opportunity to provide its electrical expertise on the city’s historic bridge during portions of the rehabilitation process. Much of the team’s work was completed by tying-off to the barrier walls of the bridge making it more challenging.

The scope included all power and communication on the bridge for roadway and aircraft lighting, and navigational beacons. In addition, Egan installed 150+ aesthetic lights that illuminate the infrastructure at night.

As always, staying safe throughout such a high-risk project was top-priority. Significant safety planning and extra patience from the crew was necessary. With no approach stands to access the work or flat surface on the bridge, Egan’s team worked on barges, flew a boom lift up to the bridge deck, and installed lighting utilizing a reach all from underneath the bridge.

“A heavy focus on in-house prefabrication played a key role in this project’s success,” said Nick Schneider, Egan Company Project Manager. “With no flat surface to set-up a bender on the bridge, we prefabricated miles of conduit, all of the off-sets and bends, and over 70 junction boxes to increase efficiency on the jobsite. It worked out extremely well.”

Overall, the bridge was completed on-time and within a compressed schedule. Egan worked approximately 3,500 hours without a recordable injury or dropping/losing anything into the river – which was another team win!

This past July, a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Governor of Minnesota, Winona Mayor, and various U.S. and State Representatives was held to officially mark the re-opening of the historic bridge.