Blattner Corporate Headquarters

D.H. Blattner & Sons, Inc.
Construction Manager
Avon, Minnesota
2007 - 2016

The Blattner’s sought out a design-build team that believed in teamwork, would help them create a building to sustain the company’s growth for the next ten years, and reinforce their corporate brand in the wind energy business with sustainable design practices. The building was designed to reflect the values and culture of the firm with the direct input of Blattner’s senior management team and department heads.

2010 - Winner of the Most Outstanding Project in the Office Build-to-Suite for less than 100,000 sq. ft. from the NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association

Phase I
Blattner Headquarters

Phase I

In 2008, Knutson was hired to build this 52,000 SF office building for DH Blattner and Sons, a family-owned energy company specializing in wind turbine power. Utilizing sustainable techniques in both design and construction, the project has earned LEED® Platinum Certification.


Size: 52,000 sq. ft.
: June 2008

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Blattner Headquarters

Phase II

In 2015 Knutson was brought back on to complete a 20,000 SF, 2-story expansion – anchored by a state-of-the-art training and conference center, 87 new offices and workstations, and a larger, upgraded employee fitness center. The new high-tech auditorium supports collaboration with high-end audio and visual equipment, sound proof walls, state-of-the art conferencing system, high definition televisions, which all provide various means to share ideas and collaborate. Similar to the existing building, the addition promotes sustainable construction and efficient energy use. New features include electric car charging stations and geothermal HVAC system expansion. Blattner continues to power a portion of its campus from wind and solar energy produced on site.

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Sustainable Features

The building was designed to achieve the LEED Platinum certification by incorporating numerous sustainable features, such as habitat restoration, stormwater management, and alternative transportation. Innovative technologies were implemented to reduce water consumption inside the building. The most significant innovation was the use of wells to source an underground heating and cooling system to optimize energy efficiency.


Energy Efficient

The building uses green power and operates by a wind turbine, which is fully commissioned to measure and verify energy conservation. More then 20% of the building materials came from recycled content and were supplied within a 500 mile radius. During construction, more than 75% of construction waste was recycled. Interior finishes were carefully chosen to limit toxic emissions. The building allows employees to conserve energy by allowing control of light and temperature levels.


LEED Platinum

Blattner Corporate Headquarters was officially LEED Platinum Certified on July 28, 2009, making it the second building in the State of Minnesota to achieve this level. Platinum is the highest level of achievement under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) program.

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Other Projects

Blattner Energy Support Building

The Blattner Energy Support Building is a new 53,000 SF warehouse/equipment shop/office. This project had an extremely tight schedule, with construction starting in October of 2017 and owner move-in was June 2018.