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Bolander Marks a Century of Excellence in Heavy Civil Construction

In a momentous milestone, Bolander celebrates 100 years of excellence in the earthwork, utilities, demolition, and deep foundations industry.  

From its humble beginnings to becoming a cornerstone in civil construction solutions, Bolander’s journey is one of resilience, growth, and unwavering commitment.

Bolander, a leader in heavy civil construction, commemorates its 100th year of operations. The company has played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of the Twin Cities, setting industry standards, and significantly contributing to its evolution. The organizations centennial celebration is a testament to its enduring commitment to excellence, innovation, and service. Over the past century, the company has consistently adapted to industry changes, embraced technological advancements, and maintained a reputation for quality and reliability.  

Mark Ryan, CEO: “Reaching our 100th year is a remarkable achievement for Bolander. This milestone reflects not only our rich history but also the dedication and hard work of our employees, the support of our clients, and the trust of the communities we serve.”  

Bolander is a heavy civil contractor with nearly a century of expertise delivering private and public projects throughout the Midwest. Founded in 1924, the company prioritizes its clients, collaborating with contractors, architects, engineers, owners, and stakeholders to deliver distinctive and inventive solutions that minimize risk, provide financial value, and permit aggressive construction timelines.  

Over the course of 100 years, Bolander has developed a commitment to providing high-quality services and has gained a reputation for safety, integrity, and dependability, allowing us to form strong connections with our clients. Our work requires us to be intellectual and innovative, making us more than just a contractor but a solution provider. Bolander is the ideal choice contractor for all because of our wide skill-set and experienced project management teams.

Mental Health Safety In Construction

Mental health is an often overlooked but very important aspect of the construction industry. The physical risks are well known, but the mental health risks are not always taken into consideration.

Working in construction can be very stressful, between the long hours, extreme temperatures, and the everyday dangers of the tasks being performed. When mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are added, the combination can begin to affect one’s ability to work and may lead to burnout, decreased productivity, and low morale.

It is very important that the construction industry begin to implement better measures to provide mental health resources and support to ensure not just the physical safety of their employees but their mental health as well. This is why Bolander has partnered with Trent Williams of Bearing Point Wellness, a mental safety consulting agency, to become the first construction company in the United States to have a Mental Health First Aid Certified Foreman or Supervisor on every Bolander construction site. All supervising staff in the office are certified as well. Requiring this training will not only keep our job sites more productive, but it will also keep our crews and the companies that we work with safer.

We consider ourselves a family here at Bolander, and we want to create a culture where our employees can feel comfortable, safe, and supported in every aspect of their work lives.

Linked below is a blog post written by Trent Williams of BPM Wellness that discusses the importance of mental health training in the construction industry.

Open Arms of Minnesota

Open Arms of Minnesota is a non-profit organization that has been around since the 1980s. They deliver meals to critically ill Minnesotans and their loved ones. On Tuesday, January 10, 2023, Open Arms celebrated the grand opening of their new location in Saint Paul.

Bolander provided micropile deep foundations on this project along with earthwork and utilities. We are grateful and proud to be a part of the ground work behind this new kitchen & campus!

Kare 11 News Coverage of Open Arms Newest Location

Distinguished Member Award Goes to Mark Ryan, President of Bolander

On Wednesday, January 15th, Mark Ryan, President of Bolander, received the Distinguished Member of the Year Award from the Minnesota Builder’s Exchange. Similar to a lifetime achievement award, the Distinguished Member of the Year Award honors an individual who has devoted his or her entire working life to the construction industry, the community and to the Minnesota Builders Exchange.

In response, Mark had this to say to his employees at Bolander:

“On Wednesday I received the Minnesota Builders Exchange “Distinguished Member Award” for 2019.  I was honored to receive this award for something that I love – The Construction Industry.  I want to thank each one of you for supporting me and Bolander every day that you come to work.  We have established a great company with great people!!  The award was a total surprise for me and I was humbled to have some of the Bolander Team there when I received the award.  I am very proud of Bolander and what we have built and achieved together!!”

From everyone at Bolander, we cannot thank Mark enough for all he has done for Bolander, for the community, and for the Construction Industry.

Thank you Mark!

Not pictured but present: Joey Ryan, Ryan O’Gara, Carisa Johnson, Laura Bjorklund, Sheri Redding, Chad Nelson and Anthony Koop (FPI Paving), and Jim Redpath (Redpath & Associates

A&P Subcontractor Safety Award

Last week, Carl Bolander & Sons was the proud recipient of Adolfson & Peterson Construction’s 2020 Subcontractor Safety Award for our work on The Minneapolis Bus Garage project. This is truly a testament to the high level of talent within all of the members of the Bolander Team!

Chase Certificate of Achievement

Bolander was ecstatic to accept the CHASE Level 2 Certificate of Achievement at the AGC’s and OSHA’s CHASE Partnering Program Recognition Event. Bolander has had a number of CHASE Level 3 projects over the last couple of years and is honored to be recognized for an outstanding safety program while providing incentives for partnerships.

Photo credit: Sheila Ryan Photography