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About Don

Let me tell you about my friend, Don. I’ve known Don for more than 20 years. He has three sons and has been married to his wife Colleen for 39 years. They live just outside Cannon Falls, Minnesota, on a beautiful patch of land where, today, they breed English Goldendoodles and board horses.

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The Secret Ingredient

You like secrets?  Today, I’m going to pull back the KOMA curtain and give you a glimpse behind the scenes. I’m going to share with you one of the most important elements of our success as a company. Ready? Here it is: As a company, we appreciate and embrace… tension.

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Short, Slow and Sweet

Every year we talk about what our InterKOM message should be during the holiday season. There’s so much we could cover: we could detail our current projects, hint at the exciting work on the schedule for 2014, retell old stories about the early days of the company, reminisce about the time Brady and I got […]

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Profile of Partnership: Gertens

June 2013 – Inver Grove Heights, Minn. – With the sun finally shining and gardening season having arrived at long last, Inver Grove Heights-based Gertens Greenhouses & Garden Center is busy and bustling. The highly regarded garden center known for its trademark red roof and awning is a longtime client and just-down-the-street neighbor of Krech, O’Brien, […]

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A More Balanced Look at Retail Design

Renowned architect Richard Rogers, known for his modernist and functionalist designs, has cynically said that the primary aesthetic principle of our times is “form follows profit.” And, sadly, in many cases this is true. Designing spaces for commercial and retail clients has too often become only about boosting sales and moving product.

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Road Trip!

It’s barely past the middle of winter, and my thoughts can’t help turning to warmer weather and to plans I’m making to take a summer road trip with friends. I haven’t gone on a classic road trip before, and I can’t wait. And where would a young engineer and his buddies head on such a […]

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An Old-Timer in Fall

It’s autumn – some might say it’s closer to winter – and we’ve just put the finishing touches on our latest KOMAink newsletter. It’s our annual Halloween-themed issue, and this year we focus on “dressing up” some of the spaces we’ve been hired to design. (Get it? Dressing up? Like you’d dress up for Halloween? […]

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An Architect’s Tools

Remember playing the telephone game? Whispering a message from person to person sitting in a circle? Of course, the message is completely different by the time it gets back to its origin. There’s been a breakdown of communication, and we often see something similar in our roles as architects.

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Here’s to the Next 20 with MOA!

August 2012 – Bloomington, Minn. – On August 11, 1992, Mall of America opened as the largest and hottest retail and entertainment complex in the country. Fast forward 20 years – nearly half of which Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates has spent side-by-side with MOA – and it is still a premier destination for Minnesotans […]

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Headlines or Not …

Have you seen the news lately? Our projects are everywhere! OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration … they’re not everywhere. But they certainly seem to keep popping up. From “Best of” lists to “Must See!” articles, projects that bear our fingerprints have certainly seen their share of ink recently.

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