Friday, April 13, Chad Rettke, senior project manager at Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, visited Minnesota State University Moorhead’s construction management offices to donate items to the department, such as hard hats, coffee cups, literature and information about their company.

Provost Anne Blackhurst accepted the gifts, along with College of Business & Industry Dean Marsha Weber, and construction management faculty member Norma Andersen.

The gifts were given as a way to inform MSUM construction management students of Kraus-Anderson and the opportunities they offer.

Kraus-Anderson has hired multiple MSUM construction management majors for internships and full-time positions. “The ones that were interns that we hired full-time, the reason we kept them on full-time was the quality of education they’ve had and the skills that they bring to our company,” Rettke said. “We feel we can help them along and further their education, but they’ve got such a good baseline to start from, and that is certainly a positive that we at Kraus-Anderson view.”

Andersen said the construction management program values the relationship created between students and businesses in the industry. “Without them we don’t know if we’re preparing the students for the right things. We interact with the industry, get their input, get our students out working with them, and get feedback on their strengths and weaknesses. It helps us build our program.”

Engineering News-Record consistently ranks Kraus-Anderson among the top 50 Construction Management-at-Risk Firms in the United States. Their Minnesota base of operations is supplemented with regional offices.