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Knutson Construction Announces Four Promotions Including Project Executives and Director of Preconstruction

Minneapolis, MN – 11/04/21

Knutson Construction recently promoted four team members who are long-time members of their Minneapolis operations team.

It’s an honor to promote Jens, Scott, Ryan and Micah. Each of them has built lasting relationships with Knutson’s clients and industry partners,” says Brendan Moore, vice president and general manager. “I am proud of their contributions to so many important projects as well as their involvement in the community.

Jens Fredrickson, Scott Hughes and Ryan Rydberg Promoted to Project Executive.

Jens joined Knutson in 2012 as a project engineer and has held roles of increasing responsibility in a variety of sectors and project types, including Metro Transit Bus Garage, Park Nicollet, Burnsville Campus, and various projects at Minneapolis St Paul International Airport Terminal One. Jens holds a B. S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota and volunteers for Hearts and Hammers, ACE Mentoring and Roseville Youth Hockey board.

Scott Hughes joined Knutson in 2015 as a project manager and has led hundreds of healthcare projects in his career, including most recently the University of Minnesota Masonic Institute of the Developing Brain, Ridgeview Medical Center Emergency Department Expansion, and various projects with local healthcare organizations, including Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Hennepin Healthcare, Allina Health, and M Health Fairview. Scott holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He participates in the Children’s Council for Children MN and is active in ASHE.

Ryan Rydberg started with Knutson in 2006 working as a project engineer and has held roles of increasing responsibility primarily with higher education, research laboratories, and local government projects. Notable projects he has worked on include Children’s Hospital expansion, Target Field Station, Hennepin County Medical Examiner and numerous University of Minnesota projects. Ryan holds a B.S. degree in Construction Management, is LEED AP certified and serves as a board member for the Saints Foundation.

Micah Vainikka Promoted to Director of Preconstruction

Micah joined Knutson in 2013 as a project engineer before joining the preconstruction team, where he has spent the past five years. During this time, he has successfully helped the firm win work and ensured projects were set up for success. Micah holds a B. S. degree in Construction Management from Minnesota State Moorhead, is a LEED Green Associate and is active in USGBC and ASHE.


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