Build Me Up shares inspiring stories of innovators in the built marketplace. It's hosted by Kraus-Anderson's Laurisa Titterud and Danielle Pederson. KA is a Midwest construction management firm, realty, development, insurance and financial services company. The podcast is designed to meet the needs of leaders and aspiring innovators in the built marketplace.
An Inside Look at Burnsville's New Fire Station
BJ Jungmann, Terry Ritchie, Jason Rentmeester, and Quinn Hutson — individuals involved with the delivery of the beautiful Burnsville Fire Station — join "Build Me Up" to give listeners an inside look at the new building. We discuss the guiding principles that influenced the build, how the features play a role in the mental and physical health of the firefighters, and more. Make sure to visit the Kraus-Anderson podcast page on our website to see photos of the completed building.
After a short Fourth of July break, "Build Me Up" is back! Kraus-Anderson's Joe Baumann, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Melissa Wenzel, and buidling material reuse advocate Natalie Heneghan join the podcast to explain deconstruction. They highlight the benefits of the process, further explain some of its challenges, and give resources for those interested in implementing the process into their own lives. Additionally, they talk about how big-businesses, nonprofits, and government entities can work together to serve a common goal!
Rethos Resources: https://www.rethos.org/resources
Giving Old Homes New Life with Hearts & Hammers
Hearts and Hammers’ Randi Prebil and Kraus-Anderson’s Connor Hart join the "Build Me Up" podcast to discuss the wonderful organization that is Hearts and Hammers. We talk with the pair about how the nonprofit adds value to the communities in which we live, why people should volunteer, what to expect on program day, as well as Hearts and Hammers' short- and long-term goals.
"The Man Up Club": Developing Boys into Young Men of Character
We sit down with Korey Dean, founder of “The Man Up Club," an organization that’s goal is to empower young, black men to make positive life choices and equip them with the tools to be successful post-high school. Joining Korey is Jaeveon Mottley, a member of "The Man Up Club" and recent barber school graduate.
Korey explains the meaning behind the name, the building blocks of the curriculum, and what he wants for the future of the organization, while Jaeveon shares insight into the benefit of the program and what it means to be a member of the Club.
GodFlow Festival: https://www.themanupclub.org/godflow.html
Myth Busters: Construction Trade Unions Edition
This episode, we’re joined by Barry Davies, Barb Pecks, and Terry Coleman — individuals all involved in various ways with construction trade unions. The trio helps us debunk stereotypes and common misconceptions associated with trade unions in this myth-busters-esque episode.
The Buzz on Bees (and Other Pollinators)
This episode, we're joined by Laurie Schneider, founder of the Pollinator Friendly Alliance, as well as Tonya Kostick and Brendan Ward, Kraus-Anderson employees and the keepers of our KA bees. We talk about various types of pollinators, the important role they play in our ecosystem, and how KA started beekeeping. Our guests also suggest ways in which all individuals can do their parts to help preserve pollinators. The conversation wraps with some fun bee facts.
"Take Action" List: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/623c9365af01026ca2eb4c15/t/62587b89efb6b16e6c2897d9/1649965969709/action+list.pdf
Webinars & Videos: https://www.pollinatorfriendly.org/videos-and-talks