JOB DESCRIPTION: This position provides management oversight for all phases of the construction process, including: soliciting bidders, estimating, reviewing/creating project documents (plans, specifications, & contracts), labor projections, coordination of trade contractors, directing construction activities, resolving construction conflicts and disputes, coordinating field installations and project closings with the Project Superintendent, developing and maintaining client relationships, while ensuring project costs, timelines, quality and safety standards, and standard operating procedures (Running the Job Manual) are met.


  • Direct project progress meetings with superintendent, trade contractors and suppliers to review quality, safety, scheduled project progress, submittal requirements, and material deliveries to ensure attainment of project objectives, schedule completion, and timely delivery.
  • Review, plan and schedule the Weekly Progress Report to obtain personnel, material and equipment needs, and Subcontractor performance in a manner consistent with scheduled requirements, budgeted costs and timely deliveries.
  • Lead, motivate and develop field and office personnel, focusing on skills and techniques that will ensure continuous performance and meet/exceed corporate standards.
  • Cultivate a working relationship with Project Managers, Project Laborers, Trade Contractors and Clients in a manner that encourages a cooperative environment, team effort and professional approach.
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgment in making decisions on assigned projects to resolve construction-related problems and issues, such as recognizing and understanding any conflicts or scope gaps in the contract plans and specifications, and come to agreeable resolution between Architect, Owner and Subcontractor(s).
  • Manage all aspects of assigned project within budgetary parameters to client’s satisfaction, while maintaining good working relationships with field personnel, trade contractors, subcontractors and clients.
  • Motivation and drive to provide first-hand project opportunities thru new relationships and networking.


  • Successful candidate should have a minimum of 3 years Commercial Construction experience with a multitude of project types.
  • Some management experience a plus
  • Results-oriented with the ability to schedule and coordinate subcontractors to meet project requirements.
  • Excellent communication skills to build and maintain relationships with clients, architects, local authorities and subcontractors. Ability to communicate with all levels of personnel within an organization is critical.
  • Organized, detail-oriented problem solver with strong work ethic.
  • Applicant should possess basic knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, and Microsoft Project.  Experience with Sage Contractor preferred.




JOB DESCRIPTION: This position is responsible for the supervision of all on-site construction, including scheduling subcontractors, problem solving, inspecting all work during construction to ensure quality, compliance with plans and specifications, and promoting and enforcing the safety program. Work closely with the Project team to include Client, Architects, Engineers, Project Manager, Project Coordinator, subcontractors and inspectors.


  • Responsible for day to day construction operations and quality control.
  • Create and maintain project schedule to include 3 week look ahead schedules.
  • Must be able to oversee multiple projects simultaneously
  • Communicate accurate project schedule information and specification requirements with subcontractors and suppliers across all trades.
  • Manage all field operations including material delivery coordination, health and safety measures, cleanliness and order of the work site and quality of the work production.
  • Submit daily reports and other required paperwork. Conduct regular project reviews and maintain record of project progress.
  • Communicate any issues associated with the project to appropriate parties in a timely manner.
  • Promote and maintain site safety requirements and procedures.
  • Conduct and document weekly site Foreman’s meetings.
  • Daily communication with Project Manager.
    • RFI’s
    • Costs
    • Changes



  • A minimum of 2 years as lead Superintendent for a Commercial General Contractor
    • OR a minimum of 6 years as a foreman as a carpenter or mason
  • Strong work ethic – A MUST!
  • A thorough knowledge of all trades
  • Strong organizational, communication and people skills and the ability to schedule and coordinate subcontractors to meet project requirements.
  • Desire to build and maintain relationships with clients, architects, local authorities and subcontractors.
  • Goal oriented, with ability to react quickly to challenging circumstances in order to achieve desired results through informed decision making.
  • Ability to implement duties with an exceptional level of accuracy and timeliness while meeting established deadlines.
  • Knowledge of local codes/regulations to ensure compliance. Knowledge of federal, state and local safety laws and regulations a plus.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, Microsoft Project.  Experience with Sage Contractor preferred.



 Summary: Responsible for assisting in the management of construction projects assigned, through the bid/proposal phase, planning & buyout phase, construction phase, close-out phase and warranty period.


 Essential functions:

•Administration of shop drawings and submittals.

•Review shop drawings and submittals for conformance to project requirements.

•Administer and manage Request for Information (RFI) process.

•Assist Project Manager with all elements of the project management team.

•Assist Superintendent with management of the daily jobsite operation.

•Prepare correspondence, meeting minutes, task lists, work lists, etc. as directed by Project Manager and Superintendent

•Coordinate with subcontractors and material vendors to performance and delivery of services, material and equipment.

• Be adept in reading and interpreting project drawings, and assist Project Manager with distribution of project drawings, specifications, etc.

•Assist in soliciting and evaluating change order pricing from Subcontractors.

•Ensure a timely, concise and efficient communication and correspondence flow with Consultants and Subcontractors.

• Ensure that a working set of plans are updated daily (as-built drawings) and that an accurate as-built set of drawings are turned over at the end of the project.

•Assist Project Manager in the timely closeout of subcontracts and with post-construction analysis of projects.  

•Review and update schedule with superintendent and distribute schedule to subcontractors

•Review subcontracts for validation, assist/review quantity take offs for subcontractor pricing.



•Knowledge of commercial construction processes and technical skills.

•Knowledge of OSHA Regulations and job site safety regulations

•Must possess computer skills and have a working knowledge of the following programs: ◦Microsoft Excel and Word, Project Management Software or equivalent, Construction scheduling programs.  Experience with Sage Contractor preferred.

•Must have excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

•Must have ability to work in a team oriented environment.

Hutchinson Dental Center Expansion and Remodel

Hutchinson Dental Center Expansion and Remodel

Hutchinson, Minnesota

New Addition and Remodel

We are excited to announce the Hutchinson Dental Center expansion and remodel project has offically commenced!  Can you believe what a difference 1 week can make?  These pictures are just the begining of what will soon be a beautiful new addition to an already fantastic dental office. Stay tuned for more progression pictures and stories along the way; this is only the prologue to this construction story!

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a General Contractor

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a General Contractor

Things to Consider When Choosing a General Contractor

When beginning any construction project, finding the right general contractor for your needs is essential to the success of the project. Spending time upfront to find a quality general contractor that is the best fit for a project can save hours of time and headaches. While the quoted cost can and should be a significant factor when making the decision, it shouldn’t be the only factor. There are several other considerations and certain red flags to look out for.


Does the general contractor have the experience required to meet the scope of the project?

·         With any project, it’s important to align the skills of the general contractor with the work that needs to be completed.

·         Ask the general contractor about their unique capabilities and if they’ve performed similar types of work.

·         It’s certainly appropriate to ask for referrals.


Does the general contractor have adequate resources at their disposal?

·         A strong network of subcontractors – it’s important that your general contractor has a network of reliable subcontractors that they work with regularly.

·         Adequate staff to handle the project – especially for larger projects, you should ask yourself, does this general contractor have enough staff on both the project management and administrative sides to take on my project? If pulling permits is involved, are they familiar with the local municipality and permitting agency?

·         Self-performing work – find out what unique capabilities, such as an in-house drafting department or other self-performing work, your general contractor can offer that would give them greater control over the process, schedule and costs.


Does the general contractor effectively communicate with customers and subcontractors?

·         You can never underestimate the value of effective communication between subcontractors and customers. It’s what keeps projects running smoothly and on time.

·         It’s important to choose a general contractor that is skilled at helping clients get their ideas out of their heads and onto paper and then effectively communicate what needs to be done with subcontractors to best achieve goals.

Value-Engineering Ideas

Can the general contractor bring a construction-specific perspective to project planning?

·         When working with architects and engineers, a good general contractor is able to offer a different perspective from a construction standpoint.

·         This perspective allows the general contractor to make specific recommendations for how to construct something differently that is more effective for the project and/or will save a considerable amount of money.

Financially Responsible

Does the general contractor have a strong financial record?

·         Having a healthy balance sheet is a very important quality to look for in a general contractor.

·         If a general contractor is financially responsible in their own business practices, then it is a good sign that they will manage the costs of your project responsibly as well.

·         Often times an owner will ask for a bond of 5% of the project to see if the general contractor is approved.

·         Look for these red flags: a contractor that asks for money upfront or one willing to take a job for too cheap.

Keep in mind that a quoted cost does not always turn out to be the actual end cost – the most responsible contractors do their homework on the front-end in order to give accurate estimates.

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Total Defense - Review

***Below is a recent review of our services from an existing client of ours, Dan Wellman, with Total Defense.***


Mr. Stromsodt,

Fritz Budig and the team from Grindstone Construction approached our build with the utmost in professionalism. Through the entire project duration Fritz and his team remained on, or ahead of, schedule even accommodating for multiple change- orders and plan revisions. Fritz and his Project Manager worked with all of the sub-contractors to produce a virtually seamless transition from contractor to contractor as it related to the "chronological map" for completion.
Very professional outfit from very satisfied (2- time) client. 
Dan Wellman

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On Jan 27, 2017, at 12:59 PM, Thomas Stromsodt wrote:


Grindstone Construction Services wasn't recently the low bidder on a project for the City of Anoka and Rod Peterson listed you as a reference. Could you, briefly, give me some insight into your experience on your project? Specifically in terms of project completion as this is a critical component of this project.

Thank you for your time.


Thomas Stromsodt, AIA

Senior Architect

Planning, Architecture, Preservation, Interiors

7-Ways to Excel in a Male-Dominated Workplace

7-Ways to Excel in a Male-Dominated Workplace

Since I, myself, cannot give an accurate description of what it takes to excel in a male-dominated workplace....being a male myself and all...I turn to the expertise of a female, Jane Fang, who happens to be a female who has excelled among her male colleagues.

7 Ways to Excel in a Male-Dominated Workplace

By Jane Fang

You rarely see another soul in the ladies room. On too many occasions, you’ve been mistaken for someone’s assistant. Sound familiar? For many young, successful women, “making it” professionally means learning to master male-dominated workplaces where boys’ clubs still somehow pervade.

In college, I lived with seven girls. And so, perhaps it was no surprise that I found the transition to investment banking—where I was the only female analyst in my group’s class—to be rather challenging. But from finance, I jumped into sports, and I have yet to look back.

And along the way, I picked up some practical tips for thriving in the office—even when the gender ratio isn’t in your favor.

1. The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease

Chances are, your male colleagues are constantly vocalizing which opportunities and projects they want—and you might be sitting there, working hard, and waiting to get what is rightfully yours .

Sadly, most bosses are too busy to figure out what the most equitable project allocation is, and it often comes down to who yapped last to them about that hot media deal or the new partnership your company is launching. If you aren’t good at grabbing your boss in the hall or during your morning coffee break and bringing up the projects that excite you, then schedule formal time to check in at least once a month and let your boss know what you’d like to work on.

2. Beer is for Bonding

The best career opportunities often come out of interactions outside the office—often over a beer. The guys I’ve worked with would grab beers all the time—and I quickly learned to join them, whether or not I felt like drinking that particular night. And if you’re not invited (yes, this happened to me), create your own happy hour invitation—who can turn down a cold brewski?

3. Avoid Being Too Easily Offended

Guys have this thing at work called the Circle of Trust. You gain entry when they know they can be themselves around you, without being reported to HR. In the banking analyst bullpen, I heard every disgusting story there is to tell—but I stayed cool. And as a result, I eventually became part of the group and was included in the nights of ordering dinner in or going out for beers.

Note: There is a line, and “staying cool” doesn’t mean letting the guys cross it—sexual harassment is never OK.

4. Don’t Be Anyone’s Coffee or Lunch Getter

How many successful men in the workplace do you see picking up their boss’s lunch or coffee? If you’re not someone’s assistant, do not get in the habit of acting like one. Sure, maybe there are special exceptions when your boss is in fire drill mode or decides to treat a group for getting his coffee—but don’t make it a regular thing. And if your male peers aren’t chipping in—then you shouldn’t be doing it, either.

5. Don’t Be the “Yes” Woman

In the industries I’ve worked in, there’s tremendous pressure to work hard and keep an overflowing plate. Lunch and coffee runs aside, it’s all too easy to say yes to every project as you strive to “be a good employee”—but if you never say no, you’ll ultimately just hurt both yourself and your company. It’s important to stand up for the projects you really want to work on (see #1), and then push back at other times when you don’t have capacity. You can bet many of the guys say no—and you should, too.

6. Play to Your Strengths (Even When They’re Stereotypes)

The first week of my banking internship, my managing director asked me how the interns were doing and feeling. I’m willing to bet he asked me partly because I was the only woman there, and he assumed I was therefore most likely to know about people’s “feelings.” But you know what? I did. And thus started our mutually beneficial relationship: I gave him a live read of the pulse of the group he was managing, and he gave me the opportunity for senior exposure. Whether it’s listening, emotional aptitude, empathy, socializing or just being the den mother—if you have these strengths, play to them. They’re good qualities to demonstrate as a rising future leader, and, particularly in a workplace where those skills are in short supply, they’re also not a bad way to get noticed.

7. Get a Sponsor

A sponsor is a mentor who will promote you within your organization, who has your back, and who will tell the rest of organization—including the senior leaders—how great you are and how much you deserve recognition (and promotions). And like it or not, it can be nearly impossible to advance as a woman in a male-dominated workplace without a sponsor. Dr. Sylvia Ann Hewlett has written quite a bit about sponsorship, including its importance for women. What does it all mean for you? Start building relationships with your boss and other senior leaders from the beginning, and pay particular attention to cultivate those relationships with the individuals who believe in you and publicly support you—they are going to be your best advocates.

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Running Room

Running Room

Bloomington, Minnesota

Mall of America - Tennet Buildout - Design/Build Engagement

The Running Room is proudly a family-owned company. It originated in 1984 out of founder John Stanton's wish to purchase quality running shoes from someone knowledgeable about the sport. New to the sport of running, John had a thirst for knowledge as well as a desire to buy the right product. This entrepreneurial retailer decided to fill a niche in the marketplace by opening a small one-room store in the renovated living room of an old house in Edmonton, hence the name, "Running Room." The concept was highly successful, and the stores have since expanded to over 114 locations across Canada and the United States.

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Anoka, Minnesota

Coporate Headquarters - Renovation - General Contractor Engagement

DecoPac is the world's largest supplier of cake decorations to professional cake decorators and bakeries in the world. Headquarters are in Anoka, Minnesota a suburb of Minneapolis.

“Grindstone Construction was an excellent team member in the DecoPac exterior plaza, entry, reception, atrium and main conference room remodel. The project was well managed and communication was timely. They collaborated with positive energy to execute good solutions to unique design ideas. I look forward to a future project with Fritz and his team.” - Jean Rehkamp Larson, Rehkamp Larson Architects

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