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Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota Expands

August, 2017 – Oakdale, MINN. –  Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota (AERC) recently completed a 17,000 square foot expansion of their Oakdale facility. The team at AERC made the decision to expand the hospital in response to a rise in demand for specialty services and treatment options for pets. The design team at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates (KOMA) provided architectural, interior design, and structural engineering services to the renovated Oakdale center, which is now home to ten specialties, with room to add more.

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A New Way of Banking

March 2017 – Minneapolis, Minn. – New trends are revolutionizing the banking industry and Wings Financial Credit Union is committing to the change. With the help of the interior designers at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates (KOMA), the team is developing a series of new prototypes and prototypical elements to introduce into Wings’ new and existing branches – dedicating themselves to the bank of the future, implementing emerging technologies and the design innovations that support them.

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New Space for Demand Chain

October 2016 – Eden Prairie, Minn. – On the fast track to becoming the leading provider in CRM and Salesforce consulting services, Demand Chain Systems relocated to a larger office space to house their growing team. With the help of the interior designers at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates (KOMA) they created a space that reflects their company culture and allows for future expansion of the firm.

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Firemen’s Park Renovation

July 2016, Chaska Minn. – The city of Chaska recently completed a renovation of Firemen’s Park located in the historic downtown area. Their goal was to upgrade the park, highlighting the town’s history and honoring the firefighters who helped develop the park years earlier. The city obtained 292 Design Group for the architecture and design. With their help and the structural engineers at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates (KOMA) the re-designed park is complete and ready for the community to enjoy.

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Banaadir Academy Builds Addition

July 2016 – Minneapolis, Minn. – Banaadir Academy located in North Minneapolis houses 300 students each day and is hoping to increase that number in the upcoming years. With the help of The Bainey Group and Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates (KOMA) the school is expanding with a new addition that will provide 2 additional classrooms, offices, a new gymnasium with vinyl flooring, and additional boy’s and girl’s restrooms.

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New Attractions at Nickelodeon Universe

April 2016, Bloomington, Minn. – Spring is in full swing and so are the new attractions at Mall of America. With the help of the design team at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates (KOMA), Parkview Meeting + Event Center and FlyOver America – located within Nickelodeon Universe, are open to the public.

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TMNT Takeover!

April 2016 – Bloomington, MN – Shredder’s Mutant Masher is shaking things up at Nickelodeon Universe. The new ride opened in the theme park at Mall of America and with the help of the architects and structural engineers at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates (KOMA) has people swirling, spinning, and swinging more than 60 feet in the air on a giant pendulum – cowabunga!

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Rahr Corporation’s Pilot Brewery & Technical Center

March 2016, St. Paul, Minn. — Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc. (KOMA) worked with Rahr Corporation to design their 20,000-square-foot pilot brewery and technical center which will be fully operational beginning early spring.

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A New Space for Merchants Bank

February 2016 – Apple Valley, Minn. – With plans to relocate their Apple Valley branch within the city, Merchants Bank purchased a building and with the help of Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates (KOMA) and Elder Jones turned the space into a functional, bright and modern place reflective of the bank’s brand.

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Renovations Continue in District 833

Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc. (KOMA) was the architect, structural engineer, and interior designer on the recently completed addition and renovations to three South Washington County School District 833 elementary schools: Grey Cloud Elementary in Cottage Grove and Middleton and Bailey Elementary schools in Woodbury.  The projects consist of two phases; the second phase will be completed by the fall of 2016. More »

Rooted in Agriculture

June 2015, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. – The structural engineers at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc. (KOMA) have spent the last 30 years providing services for agricultural expansions including greenhouses, barns, plant food buildings, chemical warehouses, and containment facilities. In that time agriculture has seen a lot of innovation and advancement paving the way for new design approaches and new challenges. From old to new, small to complex, KOMA remains rooted in the world’s largest industry.

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The SPRUCE Project

April 2015, Northern Minn. – Located 40 miles north of Grand Rapids is the SPRUCE experiment. This project aims to observe varying temperature increases and their effects on Spruce trees and other elements within a bog’s habitat. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory compiled a team, including the structural engineers at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller and Associates, Inc. (KOMA) to bring the experiment to life.

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A Look Back with Gopher

March 2015, Eagan Minn. – Founded in 1946, Gopher Resource is an environmental solutions provider located out of Eagan, MN. Over the years, the company has grown to become one of the largest and most influential lead-based battery recyclers in North America. The relationship between Gopher Resource and Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc (KOMA) began back in 1988 when KOMA was hired by the recycling company to design a structural lintel over a door at their Eagan facility. Since then KOMA has worked with the company on numerous projects from structural columns to complete architectural, structural, and interior additions and remodeling.  Here is a look back at the past few decades:

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New to the MCA Board

February 2015 – Inver Grove Heights, Minn. –Principal structural engineer Michael Lisowski of Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc. (KOMA) joined the Minnesota Construction Association (MCA) board for the 2015 year.  In 2012, KOMA joined the MCA and five of the company’s employees became members. “KOMA joined the MCA to build relationships in our industry and to keep our community informed about the quality work we have done and continue to do”, says Lisowski, “it has been a great experience for us as a company and taking our involvement a step further seemed like an obvious choice.”

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Neuger in the North Loop

January 2015 – Minneapolis, Minn.  – For the company’s new office space in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis, marketing communications firm Neuger Communications Group again chose to work with Krech, O’Brien Mueller & Associates (KOMA). The goal was to design a fresh space that strongly reflected the company’s visual brand, reinforced the look of their corporate headquarters and also remained true to the creative North Loop culture. More »

Mall of America’s Ongoing Makeover

November 2014 – Bloomington, Minn. – As Mall of America continues to renovate existing space and prepare for an upcoming addition, the structural engineers at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates (KOMA) assist in making sure the building is structurally sound and safe for construction workers and retail shoppers alike.

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It’s Elementary time!

September, 2014 – Inver Grove Heights, MN – As students across the region have recently begun a new school year, Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates (KOMA) is putting the finishing touches on designs which will renovate six elementary schools over the course of the next two years.  KOMA continues to play a major role in upgrading local schools, using all of their service areas – structural engineering, architectural and interior design.

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KOMA Redesigns Two Local Pet Clinics

July 2014 – Minneapolis, Minn. – The veterinary industry is one that continues to grow as pet ownership is on the rise across the country. As a result, many clinic owners are looking to re-design their space for optimum functionality. Two such clinics in the Twin Cities are in the process of doing just that with the help of the design team at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates (KOMA).

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Pizza Pizza Pizza!

July 2014 – Minneapolis, Minn. – It’s one of the most popular foods in America and there is a restaurant to fit every almost every scenario a customer could have. From hot and ready pizza to home delivery to wine and dine, three companies: Little Caesars, Pizza Studio, and Old World Pizza have found their niche in the pizza industry.

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Ownership Transition Nearly Complete at KOMA

May 2014 – Inver Grove Heights, Minn. – A strategic, carefully executed 10-year ownership transition is nearly complete at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates. Longtime KOMA employees and owners Marc DuBois, Steve Iaria, Mike Lisowski, Cindy Nagel, Brian Riley and Matt Van Hoof have played a central role in the company’s leadership and management for much of the past decade, and will continue to spearhead the strategic direction of the company.
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Transformed Space for St. Louis Park City Hall

May 2014 – St. Louis Park, MN – The St. Louis Park City Hall recently completed a substantial renovation to the first floor of their 50 year-old building with the help of Krech, O’Brien, Mueller and Associates. With an emphasis on sustainability, the multi-faceted project included a new stone entrance canopy, an open lobby and reception area, stairwell improvements, private meeting spaces, public restrooms, a staff break room, and work space.

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New Space for Cabela’s

March 2014 – Woodbury, MN – The Nebraska based outdoor equipment retailer, Cabela’s, is quickly expanding with a number of new retail sites nationwide. The company currently has announced 19 upcoming locations in the United States and Canada. Locally, Woodbury is the home of the next retail store and with the help of the engineers at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller and Associates (KOMA), will open this spring.

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Operation Renovation!

November 2013 – South St. Paul, MN – The Veterinary Hospital Association (VHA), broke their record with over 370 participants in this year’s ‘The Future is Now’ expo. The VHA is an association created for veterinarians by veterinarians with the goal of helping practices by lowering their bottom line. Membership includes group purchasing, as well as reliable and caring cremation services, practice management expertise, and continuing education. More »

Great Space for Great Clips, Inc.

September 2013 – Minneapolis, MN – Having outgrown the leased office space they had occupied since 2001, Great Clips, Inc., set out in search of a new spot and found what they were looking for two parking lots away on the unfinished 7th floor of the Two MarketPointe building. GCI chose to capitalize on the long-term relationship with Krech, O’Brien, Mueller and Associates (KOMA) by retaining them to provide full scope design service for the tenant improvement build out.   More »

Ready, Set, Shop!

June 2013 – Bloomington, Minn. – Whether waiting for a connecting flight or planning a day at the mall, brand-new retail locations in the city of Bloomington keep both residents and tourists busy shopping. With the help of Krech, O’Brien, Mueller and Associates, Bloomington welcomes Uptown Minnesota, Sigma Beauty and Carhartt.

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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, Mueller & Associates. More »

New Space for SICK, Inc.

February 2013 – Savage, Minn. – When SICK, Inc. a leading manufacturer of factory and process automation technology needed additional space, their construction partners (PCL Construction) recommended the architects and interior designers at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller and Associates to assist in the process. More »

NBA Sculpture is a Slam Dunk

February 2013 – Houston, Texas – Every year since 1996 basketball fans have flocked to the city of the NBA All-Star Game for the NBA All-Star Jam Session. Created, designed and built by Minneapolis-based VEE Corporation, the event is a series of activities created especially for NBA fans. When VEE recently fashioned an additional sculpture for the event, they called on the engineers at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller and Associates, Inc. to certify that it was structurally sound. More »

A Fresh New Look at Kids’ Hair

October 2012 – Minneapolis, Minn.  – With the help of Krech, O’Brien, Mueller and Associates interior designers, Kids’ Hair – the renowned kid-friendly hair salon company based in Minneapolis – opened two new locations in the Twin Cities metro. In addition to designing new locations – most recently in St. Louis Park, Minn. – KOMA is also working with Kids’ Hair to give many of the existing salons a whole new look. More »

KOMA and BK Create Tasty New Look

October 2012 – Minneapolis, Minn. – After Heartland Food Corporation recently acquired 40 Burger King Franchises in the Twin Cities area, it brought on Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates to assist in creating an engaging new exterior image for the well-known fast food chain. More »

KOMA Brings New Life to Thermo King Corporate HQ

Thermo King Lobby

October 2012 – Bloomington, Minn. – Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates recently announced completion of a facelift to Thermo King’s corporate headquarters located in Bloomington, Minn. KOMA provided architectural and interior design services for Thermo King, a client for whom they’ve worked on multiple projects. More »

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 and visitors from across the country and around the world. More »

Hot Stuff

Recently, KOMA Interior Designers Cindy Nagel, Laura Bauer and Angie Rohlen sat down to share their thoughts on the hot trends in interior design. The conversation veered from colors to textures to furniture and fixtures. Below is a portion of that conversation… More »

You Say “Technology,” I Say WOW

August 2012 – Inver Grove Heights, Minn. – Where did all the protractors go? What about the colored pencils, drafting boards and sketch paper? Sketched floor plans or models representing an architectural design are few and far between these days. Instead, when a client sits down to meet with an architect, he or she most likely will find a series of SketchUp vignettes or a photorealistic walkthrough. More »

Try… Not… To… Scream!

March 2012 – Bloomington, Minn. – Twists and turns, sensational speeds, and thrills, thrills, thrills! Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe recently unveiled Dutchman’s Deck Anchor Drop, a stainless steel spiral tube slide system designed by German ride manufacturer Josef Wiegand. This new attraction slots into the corner of Nickelodeon Universe adjacent to The Flying Dutchman Ghostly Gangplank Ropes Adventure Course, and does so with the help of engineers and architects from Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates. More »

Sip. Sip. Sip.

March 2012 – Bloomington, Minn. – The bubble tea craze has come to Mall of America. An Asian import already popular on the coasts, bubble tea is a unique beverage featuring pearls of tapioca or other flavors at the bottom of the cup. And its recent arrival at MOA – in the form of new franchise Chatime – was made possible in part by designers from Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates. More »

Partnership is Key for ADPI and KOMA

February 2012 — Inver Grove Heights, Minn. — Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc., recently completed two projects for American Dental Partners, Inc. (ADPI), one in St. Louis, Mo., and one in Hamburg, N.Y. More »

A New Dome on Campus

January, 2012 – Minneapolis, Minn. – On Thursday, January 26, the University of Minnesota celebrated the opening of its Student Recreational Sports Dome, a project made possible in part by the structural engineers at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates. More »

Bettie Page Lives!

October, 2011 – Bloomington, Minn. – Just listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the 15 top-earning dead celebrities – in the company of Michael Jackson and Elvis – pinup model Bettie Page lives on … and is more in style than ever before. More »

OK, Everyone, Sit at Your Desks!

September 2011 – Inver Grove Heights, Minn. – A space only becomes whole once the various components that will occupy the space have been placed. More »

Better than Gym Class

September 2011 – Minneapolis, Minn. – On August 20, several KOMA staffers donned their sweats and sneakers and headed to the gym. No, not for a group workout, but for the 14th annual Twin Cities Hoopathon, a local event to raise money to help support the fight against Huntington’s Disease. More »

A Cut Above the Rest

August 2011 – Minneapolis, Minn. – In July, Minnesota’s own Great Clips, a national salon chain founded in 1982, opened its 3,000th salon in Albert Lea, Minn. – an achievement made possible in part by designers at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates. More »

Out and About: KOMA On The Move

August 2011 – Inver Grove Heights, Minn. – From the Gateway to the West, to the heat and humidity of the southeast United States, to a sprawling metropolis on the east coast and points in-between, Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates employees are on the go and on the move. More »

Planning, Approvals and Review with Gertens

May 2011 – Inver Grove Heights, Minn. – Nothing says springtime like blooming flowers and greening plants. And at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, we like to think our work with our Inver Grove Heights neighbor Gertens is helping to bring just a little more color into the world. More »

Caffeinating the Locals, One Cup at a Time

Black Sheep Coffee Cafe

March 2011 – South St. Paul, Minn. – Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates’ client Black Sheep Coffee Café recently received mention by Twin Cities Business as a local high-end boutique coffee and espresso bar that is part of the national “Third Wave” coffeehouse movement. More »

Needa Pita?

February 2011 – Bloomington, Minn. – Krech, O’Brien, Mueller and Associates and building partner PCL Construction recently celebrated the opening of Pita Pit at Mall of America. More »

Spreading the Love, er, Furniture

February 2011 – South St. Paul, Minn. – This is a story about relationships and helping Neighbors. The story actually starts back in the 1980s when KOMA Principal Dan O’Brien’s community involvement connected him with a local nonprofit organization called Neighbors, Inc. More »

A Sweet Treat for Your Valentine

February 2011 – Minneapolis, Minn. – Candy! Toys! Color! Sugar Pop is a new concept store in the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport offering candy and toys organized by color and theme, and featuring popular branded merchandise. More »

Making Something Out of (Almost) Nothing


In an industrial park in South St. Paul sits an unassuming warehouse and factory that takes some rather unpleasant substances – animal carcasses, meat byproducts, used cooking oil – and turns them into usable products. More »

Ghosts of the Past

Imagine it is 1942. The United States has just joined World War II and there is a sudden need for bomber pilots. A row of hangars sits in a field near the town of South St. Paul and a small runway buzzes with the takeoffs and landings of scores of fighter pilots in training. More »

KOMA Celebrates 25 Years!

September 2010 – Inver Grove Heights, Minn. – Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc.,  recently announced efforts to publicly acknowledge its 25-year anniversary. These efforts include the release of a special edition of their bi-monthly e-newsletter, KOMAink, development of a detailed timeline about the company’s history, and release of a first-ever video project. More »

Cool Off Under the Sea

Jellyfish Exhibit

How do you build a state-of-the-art home for the world’s largest collection of jellyfish, beneath an indoor amusement park and shopping mall? Just ask the team at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller and Associates. More »

KOMA Steaks its Claim

Steak and Shake Restaurant

If you have a craving for steak this summer, you might find yourself eating in one of Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates’ recently finished projects. More »

For the Birds! Special Shelters Developed for Chimney Swifts

June 2010 – South Washington County, Minn. – Longtime Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates partner Kraus-Anderson announced recently that it is working with The Audubon Society of Minnesota to ensure that South Washington County chimney swifts can continue to find shelter in the area even as aged school chimneys are capped. More »

KOMA Continues Work with Park Shelters

shelter drawing

April 2010 – Inver Grove Heights, MN – Don’t know what to do this spring? Why not check out one of the several area park shelters that bear the stamp of Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates?  More »

School’s Out! (Well, Not Yet)

school classroom

April 2010 – Inver Grove Heights, MN – While area students are counting the days until summer vacation, such is not the case for Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates. More »

Animal Emergency Clinic Opens!

February, 2010 – Oakdale, MN – Animal Emergency Clinic (AEC) recently opened the doors to its impressive new facility located in Oakdale, Minnesota. The facility will help accommodate the needs of emergency veterinary medicine, critical care and surgical specialties. More »

Pizza! Pizza! – KOMA Style

The architects at KOMA know that the take-home pizza market is still growing – and not just because of their personal appetites. More »

Gehry’s Winton Guest House Makes a Move

February 2010 – Owatonna, MN – Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates recently announced their role in assisting with the move of The Winton Guest House, an “innovative yet playful” 2,300-square foot house built in 1987 and designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. More »

For the Love of Dance

Wade and Jessica Short wanted to continue the legacy of Wade’s mother, who had operated a successful dance school in various locations around the south metro for many years. With the help of Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, they will soon open the doors of a brand-new facility for instruction in dance and the musical arts on family-owned land in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. More »

Holiday Ornaments Dazzled Visitors!

January 2010 – Bloomington, MN – The holiday decorations at Mall of America got a facelift this year, thanks in part to help from the structural engineers at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller and Associates. More »

Salt and Corrosion and Deterioration, Oh My!

January 2010 – South St. Paul, Minn. – What do you get when a structure built 30 years ago is asked to accommodate the handling of a highly corrosive substance? You guessed it… corrosion and deterioration. More »

Fall = Leaves. BIG Leaves.

October, 2009 – St. Paul, MN – Travel to the intersection of University Avenue West and Fairview Avenue North in St. Paul, and you won’t necessarily be surprised by what you’ll see there. But you will be surprised by the size. More »

Major Construction Completed at Park High

September, 2009 – Cottage Grove, MN – Park High School recently completed major construction on a project that featured significant improvement to the school’s air quality, a major update to the building’s mechanical equipment and a significant upgrade to many of the day-to-day learning areas. More »

Eagan Hills Church Project Eyes Fall Wrap-up

July, 2009 – Eagan, MN – Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates continues its involvement with Eagan Hills Church, providing engineering, architectural and interior design services for a three-story classroom addition, slated for completion in mid-autumn of this year. More »

KOMA Celebrates 10 Years Working With Albert J. Lauer, Inc.

July, 2009 – Inver Grove Heights, MN – Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates recently celebrated 10 years of partnership with Albert J. Lauer, Inc., a family-owned company specializing in the design, manufacturing and building of aluminum-framed greenhouses. More »

Burgundy Place Project Nears Completion

July, 2009 – Edina, MN – Burgundy Place at The Gateway, the first major redevelopment of the Pentagon Park area of Edina, Minnesota, is on-schedule for a fall completion. More »

Animal Emergency Clinic Expands into New Facility

June, 2009 – Oakdale, MN – Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc., recently announced its role in assisting Animal Emergency Clinic to develop a new facility to accommodate the needs of emergency veterinary medicine, critical care and surgical specialties. More »

Inver Grove Heights City Hall Breaks Ground

June, 2009 – Inver Grove Heights, MN – Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc., recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Inver Grove Heights City Hall as the $15.7 million project got underway. More »

You Have Entered… The Recycling Zone!

June, 2009 – Eagan, MN – Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc., recently celebrated its continuing involvement with Gopher Resource Corporation and The Recycling Zone at the grand re-opening of the recycling center. More »

Park High School Breathes Easier

April, 2009 – Cottage Grove, MN – Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc., recently announced its involvement with the Park High School ventilation and building improvement project.
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Rivertown Animal Hospital Wins Award

April, 2009 – Stillwater, MN – Veterinary Economics – a source for expert veterinary information on practice management, communication, business skills and leadership — announced recently that Rivertown Animal Hospital has been chosen as a national Merit Award winner in the 2009 Hospital Design Competition. More »

Style! Energy! Comedy!

April, 2009 – Bloomington, MN – Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc., recently announced its involvement with the soon-to-open Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy in Mall of America.  More »

Grand Avenue Vet Center Receives Award

June, 2008 – St. Paul, Minnesota – Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc., today announced that recent client Grand Avenue Veterinary Center was named Best Veterinarian by Saint Paul Illustrated in their May/June publication. More »

Joffe Medi-Center Opens Doors

April, 2008 – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates’ client Joffe Medi-Center recently opened their first Minnesota laser vision correction and laser beauty enhancement facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More »