Glen Lake Children’s Camp Historical Stone Memorial Repairs

Paul Thorp - the Thorp in Hansen Thorp Pellinen Olson, Inc. (HTPO) – has many passions, one of which includes volunteer work with the Eden Prairie Historical Society.  Most recently Paul took a personal approach and great enjoyment in repairing the Glen Lake Children’s Camp stone monument memorial.  Over decades of exposure to the elements, the memorial’s engraved inscription became faded; Paul meticulously hand-stained each engraved letter this year, bringing back its original luster.  The restoration was a joint effort by the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, Eden Prairie Heritage Preservation Commission and Eden Prairie Historical Society. 

Glen Lake Children’s Camp, was a facility for children diagnosed or exposed to tuberculosis until it was closed in 1950 after antibiotic treatments for the disease were discovered.  Currently, portions of the property are on the National Register of Historic Places and the facility is operated by True Friends as Camp Eden Wood, a camp that serves people with physical, developmental and learning disabilities.

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Thank you from Short or Tall Eatery & Drink Hall

Hansen Thorp Pellinen Olson, Inc. (HTPO) had the pleasure of providing land surveying, site civil and landscape architectural design services, with Studio M Architects, Inc. as the architect, for the Short or Tall Eatery & Drink Hall, which recently opened its doors in Rogers, MN. At the open house event, the Owner thanked Laurie Johnson and HTPO for believing in him and assisting in bringing this project and small business to life. Short or Tall has 80 taps of craft beer, fine wine, and signature drinks and boasts an interesting environment including a year-round heated patio! It is featured in the StarTribune's list of 16 new Twin Cities restaurants.

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Welcoming our Newest Team Members

Hansen Thorp Pellinen Olson (HTPO) is pleased to announce our newest team additions - Tim Sorenson as Land Survey Manager and Sarah Harding as Landscape Architect.

Tim Sorenson started at HTPO 6-months ago and has 34-years of experience in land surveying and project management. His strong work ethic and well-rounded background includes extensive experience in boundary and topographic surveys, ALTA/ACSM land title surveys, title reviews, right of way and easements, and platting. His technical expertise, responsiveness to clients, and friendly demeanor make him a valuable addition to HTPO’s team.  Tim previously worked at North Dakota-based Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services where he focused on surveying project management, quality assurance and quality control, and coordinate system management of specialized pipeline design-build projects.

Sarah Harding comes to HTPO with 17-years of experience managing public and private urban design and stormwater projects as a landscape architect, construction project manager and estimator.  Her strong project management skills and construction experience along with a niche for public art and sustainable design make her a versatile addition to HTPO's team.  Sarah previously worked for Wetland Habitat Restorations, Blackstone Contractors and SRF Consulting, where her professional career spanned the design-build, construction and design consultant industries.  Her project experience includes streetscapes and plazas, transportation, wayfinding, public art, boardwalks and retaining walls, and integration of native plantings for the municipal, watershed district, commercial, higher-education and healthcare sectors.  In her new role, Sarah will be responsible for landscape architectural design and project management as well as coordinating company-wide business development and marketing efforts.

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Celebrating PARK(ing) Day 2018

Held on the third Friday of September every year around the nation, PARK(ing) Day 2018 in the Twin Cities was located near Mears Park in St. Paul.  Nine metered parking spaces weretemporarily transformed into a painting studio, yoga studio, micro-forest, and, HTPO's staff favorite, a bean bag arena!

Thank you to ASLA-MN and Edison High School students for your creativity, dedication and thoughtful energy in illustrating how urban green spaces improve health and community.

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HTPO to exhibit at 2018 MN Transportation Conference in Mankato!

HTPO will be attending and exhibiting at the MN Transportation Conference in Mankato on Feb 28-March 1st.   

Look for us and please stop by our booth to say hi!


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HTPO to exhibit at upcoming Economic Development Association of MN (EDAM) Winter Conference!

HTPO will be exhibiting at the upcoming EDAM Winter Conference at the Doubletree Hotel on January 18-19.

Please stop by our booth to visit!

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HTPO to exhibit at APWA Fall Conference!

HTPO staff will be in attendance and exhibiting at the APWA Fall Conference this Thursday, Nov. 16th at the Earle Brown Center.

Please stop by at the social and try our 'minute to win it' game!

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HTPO sponsors hole at AIA annual golf event at Majestic Oaks!

HTPO recently sponsored a hole at the annual AIA golf tourney at Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake.

A record number of golfers attended the function and a good time was had by all.

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HTPO sponsors hole at APWA annual golf event at Bunker Hills!

HTPO was a hole sponsor at the recent APWA golf event at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.

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HTPO to exhibit at 2017 MN Transportation Conference March 1-2 at RiverCentre in St. Paul!

HTPO will be an exhibitor on March 1-2, 2017 at the MN Transportation Conference at the RiverCentre in St. Paul.

Several of our staff members will also be attending the conference.



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HTPO exhibits at MNRPA Fall Conference in Eagan!

HTPO staff attended and exhibited at the MN Recreation and Parks Association (MNRPA) Fall Conference in Eagan!

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HTPO exhibits at APWA Fall Conference!

HTPO exhibited at the APWA Fall Conference in Brooklyn Center!

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HTPO hosts tennis mixer and social!

HTPO hosted a tennis mixer and social on Sept 14th at the Lifetime Athletic Club clay courts. 

A great time was enjoyed by those who attended!

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HTPO sponsors hole at Bunkers Hills for annual APWA golf event!

HTPO hosted a chipping challenge as a hole sponsor for the recent APWA golf event held at Bunker Hills!



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HTPO sponsors MSES golf event!

HTPO staff played in a golf scramble and also hosted an opposite hand driving challenge at the recent

MSES summer golf event at Emerald Greens Golf Course.

Fun was had by all!

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North Church Street Corridor Reconstruction on U of M campus in design stage!

HTPO leading design effort for North Church Street Corridor Reconstruction on U of M campus!


HTPO was selected to lead the design for the reconstruction of North Church Street on the University of Minnesota campus.  The reconstruction of this high profile corridor is anticipated to begin in 2018, and is focused on improving pedestrian and bicycle use, providing better connectivity with adjacent campus amenities, limiting vehicular access, increased safety and security, stormwater management improvements, aesthetics, improving vitality, and promoting sustainable features.  We are excited about the opportunity to work with the University on a heavily used, multi-modal corridor improvement project. 

Go Gophers!

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HTPO hosts 35-Year celebration

HTPO hosted its 35-year celebration event at Excelsior Brewing December 1st, 2015.

Thanks to all our clients and friends for helping us achieve this goal!

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HTPO hosts tennis mixer and social


HTPO recently hosted a tennis mixer and social at the Lifetime Club.   A great time was had by all who attended!

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St. Croix River Bridge Tour


HTPO recently attended the APWA sponsored new St. Croix River Bridge Tour. 

HTPO worked on the municipal utility relocations, and performed the design survey for the MN approach to the new bridge.

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HTPO performing survey for Portland Tower, a mixed-use condominium project in downtown Minneapolis!

HTPO is performing land survey services for the 17-story Portland Tower vertical mixed-use condominium project in downtown Minneapolis. 

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HTPO to sponsor hole for AIA Minneapolis Golf Event at Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake!

HTPO will be a hole sponsor for the American Institute of Architect's (AIA) annual Minneapolis Golf Event at Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake on Monday, July 27, 2015.

Look for HTPO staff at this event and please say hi!


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Pleasant Street reconstruction project in process!

HTPO is excited to announce the Pleasant Street Reconstruction project is moving along with hopes to be complete by Fall 2015. 

HTPO was the lead design firm for this complete reconstruction project working with the University of MN Capital Planning and Project   See below link for the live project webpage for this project, as well as a shot of the entrance to the project!


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New Frechette Hall - MSAD

HTPO to lead civil and landscape design with Kodet Architects for​ new Frechette Hall building at the

Minnesota State Academy for the deaf in Faribault.



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Hwy 610 Extension

HTPO is currently assisting with topographic and vegetation survey for the nearly 3-mile extension of Hwy 610, connecting to Hwy 94. 

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EDAM event and social!

HTPO will be attending the Economic Development Association of MN (EDAM) spring event and social at Psycho Suzi's this Thursday, April 23rd.

Please join us.   It promises to be a great event!

EDAM Spring 2015 Membership Social



Thursday, April 23
3:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge
1900 Marshall St. Northeast
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55418
United States

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National Guard Armory

HTPO is currently assisting Blumentals as the Civil Design Lead for two National Guard Armory building renovation projects in Albert Lea and Rochester MN.

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Economic Day at the Capitol - February 11th, 2015

Tim Johnson will be representing HTPO at this event; talking to state legislators and advocating for policies and projects supporting economic development activities in Minnesota.

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HTPO to exhibit at Minnesota Transportation Conference

HTPO will exhibit for the first time at the Second Annual Minnesota's Transportation Conference at the Doubletree Hilton in Bloomington MN on March 3-5, 2015.   This is Minnesota's largest transportation conference program, and HTPO staff are looking forward to this upcoming event!

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HTPO attends CEAM Conference

Several staff from HTPO will be attending the City Engineers Association of Minnesota (CEAM) winter conference at the Earle Brown Center Jan 28-30, 2014.

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HTPO exhibiting at EDAM Conference

HTPO will be exhibiting and attending the winter Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) Conference at the Mpls NW Marriott Hotel January 22-23.  HTPO is excited to exhibit for the first time at this conference, and welcomes keynote speaker Lester Bagley, MN Vikings VP of Stadium Development!

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APWA MN Chapter Conference

HTPO will be exhibiting and displaying our new tradeshow banner at the APWA MN Chapter Fall Conference, at the Earle Brown Center on November 20, 2014.

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HTPO primes U of M Pleasant Street project

HTPO is the engineer of record for the current U of M Pleasant Street reconstruction project.

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Nicollet Mall

HTPO is finishing up with survey work for the high profile City of Minneapolis Nicollet Mall Redesign and Reconstruction project!

HTPO assisted SRF and the City of Minneapolis with a boundary and topographic survey, utilities survey for the entire Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis

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