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JE Dunn Appoints Jeff Callinan as Minneapolis Office Leader

JE Dunn Construction has named Jeff Callinan as the lead for its Minneapolis, Minnesota office.

Jeff has been with JE Dunn since 2002 and has established himself as an industry leader and proven project executive. JE Dunn’s Minneapolis office has seen tremendous growth over the past few years achieving sales over $400M in 2022 and 2023. The office is well-positioned with a diverse portfolio of projects, which can be greatly attributed to the strategic and operational efforts made by its leadership team. The Minneapolis office enjoys a record backlog highlighted by projects such as Union Stadium Village, MSP/Delta Airlines Gate Renovations, the Minnesota State Office Building, US Bank Stadium Security Upgrades, and several higher education and healthcare projects. The Minneapolis Office is poised for a great future with a fast-growing staff.

Over the past 21 years, Jeff has led many of JE Dunn’s local market sectors, including higher education, cultural, public, developer, corporate, and industrial. He has a successful track record in building teams to execute large complex projects and delivering those projects with high client satisfaction. Notable projects include the Minnesota State Capitol restoration, the University of Minnesota Northrop Auditorium, Normandale Community College, Wagner SprayTech Corporate expansion, Minnesota Children’s Museum, Calyxt Corporate Headquarters, Carleton College, RH Gallery Southdale, and the American Swedish Institute.

“Jeff has been an integral part of the growth and success of our Minneapolis office for many years, and we are excited to take advantage of his strong operational skills and diverse experience to continue our high performance on some of the most challenging and important projects in and around the Twin Cities. Our growing team, record sales, and strong backlog have Jeff leading JE Dunn into a very bright future,” says Paul Neidlein, President – Midwest Region.

Much of Jeff’s success comes from his ability to build collaborative teams that know all aspects of a project and find practical solutions to meet the client’s needs. He particularly enjoys helping clients understand how Design Phase Services can drive value and ensure client satisfaction; for example, how choosing the correct procurement process can impact a project’s success. He also enjoys the technical problem-solving aspects of complex projects, from ensuring the proper execution of a museum building envelope to ensure the holdings will be unaffected by the extremes of the Minnesota climate, to the “PhD in stone restoration” he says he’s earned by managing the process from quarry to carving to installation on multiple historic buildings.

Jeff’s work has been the recipient of many awards, including two Awards of Excellence, a “Best Green/Sustainable Project” award, a “Best New Project over $10 Million” award, two Choice awards, and a “Project of The Year” award from the Minnesota Construction Association, as well as four Finance & Commerce Top Project awards, awards from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota in the categories of Restoration/Rehabilitation and Sustainable Design, and adaptive reuse awards from the heritage preservation associations of both Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The Minnesota State Capitol restoration alone has received an AIA Architecture award, a Finance & Commerce Top Project award, the American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Project of the Year award, an ENR Midwest Best Government/Public Project Award, the Marble Institute of America’s Grand Pinnacle award, and an award for excellence in construction quality interior plaster from the Association of Wall and Ceiling Industry.

Jeff Callinan
Office Leader
Minneapolis

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