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Ames Construction leaves County Road 5 siteAmes Construction has left its 14420 County Road 5 location and moved its corporate offices to County Road 42 and the site is for rent in 2020. One of the buildings on the site was the original Burnsville Town Hall.
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Dick Ames, Ames ConstructionAmes Construction vehicle.
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Dick Ames, Ames ConstructionAmes Construction site with Dick Ames.
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Ames Construction and original Town HallGoogle map aerial 2020 showing the Ames Construction property. A portion of the building in the background near County Road 5 once housed the first Burnsville Town Hall.
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Ames Construction during COVID 19Signage when entering Ames Construction's Corporate Office at 2500 County Road 42, August 2020 during the pandemic.

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14420 County Road 5 - Ames Construction Ames Construction has left its 14420 County Road 5 location and moved its corporate offices to County Road 42 and the site is for rent in 2020. One of the buildings on the site was the original Burnsville Town Hall.
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Ames Construction moves corporate office from County Road 5 to County Road 42.In 2020 Ames Construction has moved its corporate headquarters from its long time County Road 5 location (shown in photo) to another building they own at 2500 County Road 42.

A history of the company:

Ames Construction was founded in 1960 in Burnsville, Minn. The company is a heavy civil and industrial design-build general contractor and serves clients in many industries. Ames Construction builds airports, bridges, highways, railroad lines, power plants, water treatment plants, dams, commercial sites and golf courses. The company has expertise in mine development, mine facility construction and contract mining. Ames crews are experienced in moving earth and rock, blasting and processing aggregates, site preparation for commercial properties, building and equipping industrial plants, installing underground and above-ground mechanical and process piping, flood control, environmental site remediation, reclamation and landfill work. The company has its headquarters in Burnsville and regional offices in Aurora, Colo., Phoenix and West Valley City, Utah.
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Entry into Ames Constructions prior location on County Road 5In 2020 Ames Construction has moved its corporate headquarters from its long time County Road 5 location to another building they own at 2500 County Road 42.

A history of the company:

Ames Construction was founded in 1960 in Burnsville, Minn. The company is a heavy civil and industrial design-build general contractor and serves clients in many industries. Ames Construction builds airports, bridges, highways, railroad lines, power plants, water treatment plants, dams, commercial sites and golf courses. The company has expertise in mine development, mine facility construction and contract mining. Ames crews are experienced in moving earth and rock, blasting and processing aggregates, site preparation for commercial properties, building and equipping industrial plants, installing underground and above-ground mechanical and process piping, flood control, environmental site remediation, reclamation and landfill work. The company has its headquarters in Burnsville and regional offices in Aurora, Colo., Phoenix and West Valley City, Utah.
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Ames Construction Corporate headquarters moves in 2020During 2020 Ames Construction moved its corporate headquarters to 2500 County Road 42.

Ames Company History

In 2020 Ames Construction has moved its corporate headquarters from its long time County Road 5 location to another building they own at 2500 County Road 42.

A history of the company:

Ames Construction was founded in 1960 in Burnsville, Minn. The company is a heavy civil and industrial design-build general contractor and serves clients in many industries. Ames Construction builds airports, bridges, highways, railroad lines, power plants, water treatment plants, dams, commercial sites and golf courses. The company has expertise in mine development, mine facility construction and contract mining. Ames crews are experienced in moving earth and rock, blasting and processing aggregates, site preparation for commercial properties, building and equipping industrial plants, installing underground and above-ground mechanical and process piping, flood control, environmental site remediation, reclamation and landfill work. The company has its headquarters in Burnsville and regional offices in Aurora, Colo., Phoenix and West Valley City, Utah.

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Ames Construction Corporate headquarters moves in 2020In 2020 Ames Construction left its long time location on County Road 5 and moved its corporate office to its building on County Road 42.
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Ames Construction 2021The former Ames Construction site on County Road 5. A portion of this building was the original Burnsville township garages and town hall.
Photo - Randy Monnens.
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Dick Ames, 2013Richard Dick Ames surrounded by city officials, including Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, left at a Ceremony renaming the Burnsville Performing Arts Center to the Ames Center.
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Ames Construction photo 12000 Ames Drive, off County Road 5. From their website:

For more than half a century, Ames Construction has been delivering quality construction services to our customers. Founded in 1962, the company started as a small, family-run earthwork contractor that served a community. Today, Ames has grown into a full-service, heavy civil and industrial general contractor that serves customers throughout North America. While maintaining corporate offices in Minnesota, our regional offices are strategically located in multiple geographic areas in the US and Canada to support and serve our customers' ever-evolving project demands.
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Ames Construction photo 2Located on County Road 5, for more than half a century, Ames Construction has been delivering quality construction services to our customers. Founded in 1962, the company started as a small, family-run earthwork contractor that served a community. Today, Ames has grown into a full-service, heavy civil and industrial general contractor that serves customers throughout North America. While maintaining corporate offices in Minnesota, our regional offices are strategically located in multiple geographic areas in the US and Canada to support and serve our customers' ever-evolving project demands.
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Ames Construction photo 3A series of photos showing the entry view to Ames Construction on County Road 5 in Burnsville. From their website:

For more than half a century, Ames Construction has been delivering quality construction services to our customers. Founded in 1962, the company started as a small, family-run earthwork contractor that served a community. Today, Ames has grown into a full-service, heavy civil and industrial general contractor that serves customers throughout North America. While maintaining corporate offices in Minnesota, our regional offices are strategically located in multiple geographic areas in the US and Canada to support and serve our customers' ever-evolving project demands
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Ames ConstructionAugust, 1973 ad for Ames Construction - appeared in Business Voice of the south suburban area.
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Ames Construction campusAmes Construction, when located on County Road 5. One of the buildings on this site was Burnsville's first village hall and maintenance building.
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In loving memory of Dick Ames 2019The Memorial program for Burnsville businessman Dick Ames, founder of Ames Construction who died 2019.
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Ames Construction Celebrates 50 years in business 2012From the Burnsville Patch - December 22, 2012.

Ames Construction Celebrates 50 Years in Business
From humble beginnings, the Ames family has built a construction empire over the last five decades, building countless bridges, highways, golf courses and more along the way.

In 1962, the company that would become Ames Construction began with just one man and a renovated a D8 tractor.

Fifty years later, the company is a major player in the contracting business with five offices spread through the midwest and western states and a long history of scoring high profile deals. As of Tuesday, the company can add another feather to its cap: The Burnsville City Council has officially proclaimed this "Ames Construction Week."

In 1962, Richard J. Dick Ames struck out on his own after beginning his career as a day laborer for the Volden Highway Construction Company ten years earlier. According to the company history, he purchased the venerable D8, which now sits outside the company's headquarters in Burnsville, and started Richard J. Ames Excavating. A year later, Raymond "Butch" Ames joined him, and the company became Ames Construction Inc.

Through the years Ames has "vaulted to national prominence," as the city proclamation, and now includes over 2500 employees with four additional regional offices, in Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Corona, CA.

The firm has been the lead contractor on many high profile projects that involve millions or even billions of dollars, such as the Denver International Airport, Crosstown-I35W Interchange, and a $187.5 million bridge over the Mississippi at Interstate 90. Most recently, Ames nailed Dakota County's largest road construction project in 2013, a $27.5 million revamp of the Hwy. 13 and County Road 5 interchange.

The company has also acquired a reputation for their work on difficult or unusual projects. In August of 2010, for instance, Ames was hired to control flooding on North Dakota's Devils Lake, which has risen 30 feet and quadrupled in area since 1993, swallowing farms, homes and even whole towns.

Ames also has a hand in the vanguard of the green movement. Ames has been hired to construct the Sapphire Energy Integrated Algal Bio-Refinery project in New Mexico, an effort to cut out petroleum with oil produced by algae. The 300-acre farm is expected to generate one million gallons of crude oil per year once in operation.

Ames has also frequently has lent support to Burnsville and other South Metro cities, including a $250,000 bronze sculpture at the intersection of Burnsville Parkway and Pleasant Avenue.
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Dick Ames, Ames ConstructionEarly photo of Ames Construction vehicle.
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Ames Construction campusAmes Construction, when located on County Road 5. One of the buildings on this site was Burnsville's first village hall and maintenance building.
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Ames ConstructionThe Ames Company logo as art in the lobby of Ames Construction 2020.
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Ames Construction is proud to celebrate 50 years 2011 (Complete magazine)The Fall 2011 Ames News provides an overview of the company and it's 50 years of business. It has five regional offices headquartered in Burnsville.
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Ames Construction (PHOTO VERSION)Cover of its Fall 2011 News Magazine celebrating 50 years, shows the first piece of equipment purchased by company founder Dick Ames. It was restored in the early 1990s and is proudly displayed at the entrance of the company's headquarters in Burnsville.
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Ames ConstructionRichard Ames bust in lobby of Ames Construction 2020.
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Ames plans partial exit from Burnsville 2020March 13, 2020 - Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News:

Ames Construction, the homegrown Burnsville firm that became a national giant in the civil construction industry plans to leave its longtime headquarters on County Road 5...
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Ames Construction 35 W project - October updateOctober 9, 2019 - from their Facebook page:

We are excited to announce six lanes of traffic (three in each direction) will be traveling across the new northbound I-35W MN River Bridge on Monday, October 14th. Ames Construction will then proceed with demolishing the existing bridge and constructing the new southbound lanes. Once completed, this project will include reconstructing the bridge over the river and nearby 106th street, replacing pavement from Cliff Road and 106th Street, reconstruction of south ramps, building an auxiliary/truck lane and improved signing, lighting, and drainage. These improvements will raise I-35W out of the floodplain while allowing better pedestrian access across the river.
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Dedication of the Ames Sculpture (4 pages) August 1, 2001Unveiling and dedication of the Ames Sculpture in recognition of the Construction Industry - (Burnsville Parkway and Pleasant Avenue.)
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Burnsville honors Ames Construction 2012Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News December 20, 2012 reports:

Giant company still headquartered in Burnsville

Working on projects from gravel roads in Burnsville to the Denver International Airport, Ames Construction has vaulted to national prominence over the last half century.

Today Ames has offices in five states. But the family-owned civil and industrial general contracting firm has maintained its Burnsville headquarters from the beginning.

In honor of the company’s 50th anniversary, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz declared Dec. 17 through 24 Ames Construction Week in Burnsville.

Company founder and President Richard Ames and his brothers Raymond (“Butch”) and Ron, also company executives, attended the Dec. 18 City Council meeting, at which Kautz read a proclamation honoring the company.

The silver-haired founder recalled when Burnsville’s Nicollet Avenue was a gravel road with a single farm on it and a filling station at Highway 13.

“I think Ames built Nicollet Avenue three times,” Richard said.

The former laborer for the Volden Highway Construction Co. launched his own business, then called Richard J. Ames Excavating, in 1962. He purchased and renovated a Caterpillar D8 tractor.

Brother Raymond signed on in 1963, and the company changed its name to Ames Construction Inc. The headquarters is still south of County Road 42 at 2000 Ames Drive.

The company has been an “expert and reliable” builder of infrastructure in Burnsville and plowed snow in the city for many years, the proclamation said.

Ames still works close to home. It recently won the bid to rebuild the Highway 13/County Road 5 interchange in Burnsville. The much-anticipated project will begin in the spring and take two seasons to complete.

Ames projects also include the Crosstown/Interstate 35W interchange and the Central Corridor Light Rail Project, both in the Twin Cities.

But the company’s vast portfolio has included projects such as the Denver airport, the Intermountain Power Plant in Utah and the High Savery Dam in Wyoming, the proclamation noted. The company has annual sales of about $800 million.

The company and the Ames family have been generous benefactors in Burnsville and Lakeville.

They donated the sculpture that sits at the corner of Burnsville Parkway and Pleasant Avenue and “made very significant contributions to the construction of the Burnsville Performing Arts Center,” the proclamation said.

Their “generosity has been extended to numerous other civic groups for many years, including Rotary and other service organizations,” it said.

Ames has published a book about its 50-year history.
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Richard AmesRichard "Dick" Ames of Ames Construction, working.
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