Chad Allen

Chad Allen

Thursday, 05 September 2019 14:52

Minnehaha County Jail Addition

Description of Project:

The Minnehaha County Jail project consisted of a vertical expansion of the existing inmate dormitory building and a 130,000 square foot addition off the East side of the building. The new addition, made up of two floors, now houses several new departments including Intake, 24/7 program, jail administration offices, judicial support, additional cell blocks, a medical clinic, and more. The addition and vertical expansion has collectively added over 300 beds to the facility.


Phase 1: Vertical Expansion

Phase 1 was the vertical expansion of the existing jail. The expansion needed to be executed without causing disruption to the inmates and staff, so we worked on this vertical expansion without using the existing four stories of the building. Additionally, given the nature of the building usage, there were several security measures in place while the crews delivered all the equipment and materials up to the job site floor. The Olympic team worked through these challenges effectively, and this portion of the project created an additional availability of over 100 beds for Minnehaha County.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 14:25

Safety Series: Travis Walter

"Hold yourself to a higher standard."

Travis Walter has been with Olympic Companies for over three years. Starting as an 85 percent journeyman carpenter, Travis has since transitioned to the role of carpenter foreman where he works with his team and other contractors to promote and keep a safe work environment for everyone on or near the job site.

When it comes to on-site safety, has your experience at Olympic Companies been different from your previous work experiences?

Travis: Definitely night and day.  Olympic is 100 percent hard hat and safety glasses. There is more of a dress code; you have to have hard soled shoes or boots and you have to wear long pants, have to have a shirt on - you're high-vis' most of the time.
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 14:58

Safety Series: Mike Sturgeleski

 "Building a Safer Place to Work."

Mike Sturgeleski is the Corporate Safety Director and Employment Coordinator, working out of the Olympic HQ in Minnetonka, MN. Since starting his career at Olympic in 2001, he has worked to keep safety a priority while recruiting, onboarding new hires, and training Olympic crews across the region. As part of this Safety Series, we asked him how Olympic creates a safe work environment for its employees and why safety is an integral part of company culture.

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Business Info

Minnetonka, MN 55305
(952) 546-8166
(952) 544-8869 (fax)


Owner/Director - Michael Conroy
President/Partner - Jeff Schwartz
Sr. VP/HR -EEO - Mary Jo Lecy
Safety Director - Mike Sturgeleski

Our Locations

Minneapolis, MN
Tel: (952) 546-8166
Fargo, ND
Tel: (701) 365-0098
Sioux Falls, SD
Tel: (605) 332-4420
Milwaukee, WI
Tel: (262) 787-7006