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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 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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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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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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City and Ames Construction agree in principle to naming rights for Performing Arts Center 2013CITY OF BURNSVILLE, AMES CONSTRUCTION AGREE IN PRINCIPLE TO NAMING RIGHTS DEAL FOR BURNSVILLE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

The City of Burnsville and Ames Construction, Inc. hope to soon announce a formal agreement involving the
naming rights of the Burnsville P erforming Arts Center. An agreement has been reached in principle , and the
process to formalize the agreement will be discussed at the Burnsville City Council Work Session on Tuesday, Aug.
13 at Burnsville City Hall (100 Civic Center Parkway) beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The principle agreement calls for Ames’ name to grace the event center – which includes a 1,014-seat theatre,
black box theatre, meeting spaces and art gallery. The Burnsville City Council must take formal action on official
terms before the a greement is final. Specific terms will be discussed and solidified later this fall.

Ames Construction has been a family -owned Burnsville business for more than 50 years. The company prides itself
with delivering quality construction services to customers nationwide.
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Ames Construction photo 5The garage and smaller entry area first served as the Burnsville Town Hall, until a newer building was constructed on Highway 13. The building has been expanded to serve the needs of Ames Construction.
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Ames ConstructionThe oldest portion of this building (white cement) was the garage and Township and Village Hall for Burnsville, located on County Road 5.
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Burnsville Townhall now Ames ConstructionPhoto shows the early Townhall as it looks in 2017 as Ames Construction on County Road 5.
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