Project Details

Client: Knutson Construction
Location: Rochester, MN
Services: Earth Retention, Excavation, Site Utilities


Bolander was selected by Knutson Construction to perform the site construction for the Kellen Research project in the Spring of 2021. Our work was headed up by Bolander’s Rochester Division.

Once complete, the Kellen Research Building will be 11 stories and 176,000 Square Feet. The project is located at the intersection of Third Street SW & Fourth Avenue SW with connections to Mayo Clinic’s Opus and Baldwin buildings.

The most technical aspect of this project was creating a deep excavation for the new foundation immediately adjacent to the existing Opus Building and City streets on two sides of the proposed building.

To achieve the required excavation depths, Bolander worked with Braun Intertec to develop an earth retention system which was composed of H-Piling/Timber Lagging, Tie-Backs, and Shotcrete.

Due to the concern of any vibrations that could result in damage to the adjacent structure, Bolander installed the H-Piling using a Drill & Set method. Other than the installation of the earth retention system, Bolander’s work consisted of Excavation, Drilled Foundation Piers & Site Utilities.

This project was a prime example to demonstrate Bolander’s ability to seamlessly combine our multiple disciplines together and deliver a quality product to our clients.