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Stotko Speedling Construction

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Stotko Speedling Construction (SSC) is a full-service commercial general contractor with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and a proverbial wall full of national and state awards. Co-founded in 2002 by namesake duo, Greg Stotko, president, and Doug Speedling, SSC quickly earned the title of Business of the Year in 2005.

Together, Stotko and Speedling have more than a half century of experience. Additionally, Chris Bauer, lead project manager, has been with the company for 11 years and also plays a major role in SSC’s success.

From its home office in Hastings, Minn., the company’s core team completes projects in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. The team provides design-build, general contracting and construction management services.

SSC’s strict attention to detail throughout a project results in excellence that sets the company apart. Notably, clients have come to expect superior end results from SSC; for Stotko, each finished project brings pride and a sense of accomplishment.

High-quality buildings

A large percentage of SSC’s work comes from repeat business and referrals. “We pride ourselves in completing projects that exceed the customer’s expectations, which in turn has given us repeat business along with great referrals,” says Stotko. The company performs a wide range of projects, including office, retail, tenant improvements, churches, fitness centers, multifamily and financial.

“We build high-quality buildings at a competitive price,” says Stotko. “It’s that simple.” From one location, SSC does most of its work within the Twin Cities’ seven-county metro area.

Additionally, SSC has completed solar fields in Indiana and for a Walgreen’s location in Wisconsin. “If a project makes logistical sense to pursue in other areas, we are willing to take on the challenge,” Stotko says.

According to Stotko, the company runs a tight ship. SSC’s core business is managing a project, with great supervision from Paul Stangl, lead superintendent, to ensure a smooth running project for clients. “We have a dedicated and qualified group of subs to ensure the project is done right, on time and within budget,” details Stotko

SSC is well-versed in green building and project manager Chris Bauer is a LEED Accredited Professional. Using these skills, SSC completed Michael Frome Academy, a K-5 environmental charter school in Woodbury, Minn., designed by Architect Design Forum. The project resulted in a beautiful and sustainable building and won both an ABC Excellence in Construction Merit Award and National Eagle Award in 2008.

Award-winning projects

Another award-winner for SSC was Greenhouse Village, a 163,000-square-foot, 102-unit cooperative project completed in 2006. The project included underground parking, exterior gardens and a solarium. The project won the ABC Minnesota Chapter Excellence in Construction Merit Award, as well as the ABC National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award.

In addition to being a member of ABC’s Minnesota chapter, Stotko is a past board member of the Hastings Chamber of Commerce, where he served a six-year term; he now serves on the Tourism Board. Furthermore, Greg has been a member of the Hastings Area Rotary Club for the past 10 years and is now heading up the new Rotary Community Pavilion, which is being constructed on downtown Hastings’ riverfront.

“This will be the largest project the Hastings Rotarians have done for the community, which we are all very excited about,” Stotko details. “Our weekly pledge is: ‘Is it fair to all concerned, will it build good will and better friendship and is it beneficial to all concerned?'”

Long-lasting pride

Recent projects for SSC include a new building for Extreme Sandbox Company in Hastings. Extreme Sandbox Company allows people to operate heavy construction equipment, for fun. It’s the first and only recreational heavy equipment adventure park in the Midwest.

“It started a couple of years ago,” says Stotko, “And it’s taken off.” Due to the success, Extreme Sandbox Company hired SSC to turn the temporary structure on its grounds into a permanent one.

Nearby, also in Hastings, SSC recently finished a restaurant addition and renovation to Las Margaritas while the business remained open. Additionally, SSC builds new locations for Anytime Fitness Corp. and its franchise Waxing the City in the greater Twin Cities area.

“We are also doing a 10,000-square-foot office build-out in Burnsville and working with two restaurants in the area to build-out their places, as well,” says Stotko. “We have definitely seen an increase in demand for 2014.”

SSC was founded in 2002 and underwent steady growth for six years, up until 2008. During the economic downturn, SSC honed its lean efficiencies and streamlined its operation. “We learned how to get more done with less,” says Stotko. Post-recession, the company is starting to build again on its current operation. “We are now adding more people back to the team,” he continues. Stotko, who has been in the industry for 38 years, knows a thing or two about economic cycles and the nature of business.

Stotko himself says he never planned to get into construction; however, one thing led to another when working a summer job as a construction laborer to help pay for college. “I was asked if I wanted to help the carpenters frame houses, and the next thing I knew, I fell in love with working with my hands and seeing a finished product at the end of the day,” he explains.

After working in residential for five years, Stotko stepped into commercial construction and worked his way up to where he is today. “I feel working in both areas has made me a well-rounded contractor,” he continues.

Yet, for him, it’s still about the finished product. “I’m proud of the projects we’ve completed and the great service we provide our clients,” Stotko says proudly. Stotko Speedling Construction was built to provide quality through attention to detail and has been successful in achieving its goal.

Published on: July 22, 2014

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