The Minnesota Department of Administration has contracted with Thor Construction to repair water damaged sections of the Minnesota State Office Building.
The approximately $1.4 million contract will consist primarily of reinstalling sheetrock, plaster, carpet and ceiling tiles and duct replacement. Construction is estimated be completed by mid-October. The water damage occurred July 7 when a ruptured water valve leaked water above the building’s fourth floor. Five floors were impacted in the building’s east corridor.
“We are pleased to partner with a nationally recognized construction firm with a strong commitment to excellence and workforce diversity,” said Administration Commissioner Matt Massman. “As a small entrepreneur, Thor Construction was an early participant in Minnesota’s Targeted Group Small Business Program and since grown to be the Twin Cities’ largest minority owned company.”
The Minneapolis-based Thor Construction is among the nation’s largest African-American owned construction companies. The company was founded in 1980 and specializes in general contracting, construction management, design-build, consulting and concrete. Local projects include U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minneapolis Central Library and work at the Veterans Administration’s Minneapolis Medical Center.
The State Office Building was originally built in 1932 as seven-story building and two interior courtyards. Two floors were added and the courtyards filled in to create hearing rooms and additional office space in 1985. The building is managed by the Department of Administration and is home to legislative offices and the Minnesota Secretary of State.