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Kraus-Anderson Expands Regional Construction Footprint, Opens New Office in Fargo

Ross Wilmes
Ross Wilmes
FARGO, ND — To meet the construction growth in the Upper Midwest, Kraus-Anderson (KA), a general contractor and construction manager, has opened a new regional office in Fargo, North Dakota.

The office’s Regional Director is Ross Wilmes, who serves as Kraus-Anderson’s Vice President and Director of Operations for North Dakota. He is an industry veteran with a thorough understanding of the region, having built relationships with regional and local owners, architects, engineers, subcontractors, and suppliers over the last 25 years. His project management experience includes working with schools, health care, higher education, state and local governments, Native American tribes, and the military, as well as with the private sector.

In the past five years, KA has delivered dozens of notable projects in the Fargo area totaling nearly $300 million. Clients include North Dakota State University (NDSU), City of West Fargo, Coborn’s, Hornbacher’s, and Dakota Carrier Network. The company is currently building NDSU’s Peltier Complex and is in preconstruction planning for NDSU’s Field Soils Lab Facility, which will be KA’s seventh project on the campus since 2017.

Al Gerhardt, Kraus-Anderson’s President and Chief Operating Officer said the company is well positioned to manage the opportunities in the pipeline, which are in excess of hundreds of millions of dollars.

“KA is no stranger to managing construction projects in North Dakota,” Gerhardt said. “Our expertise in education, health care, and commercial market sectors and our unique strengths in preconstruction and facilities assessment are in demand throughout the region. We are excited to open our new office and eagerly anticipate forging deeper connections with clients and with the growing regional communities.”

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Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson is an integrated construction management and real estate development enterprise working independently and in collaboration with a family of companies, including insurance, mortgage, and realty operations. Kraus-Anderson, an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability employer, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has regional offices in Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota; Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Duluth, Bemidji, and Rochester Minnesota.

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