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Office  Team

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Jeff Furstenau

Jeff started with Olaf Anderson back in 1988. He became Principal in 1990 and continued increasing his ownership since then. He oversees all Olaf Anderson projects and works closely with the construction managers to ensure efficiency and proper quality control.

Jeff learned how to work hard and do the job right the first time by working in the wheat fields outside of Cavalier, ND with his father. He earned his Civil Engineering degree from the University of North Dakota and worked in the precast concrete and construction industries before joining Olaf Anderson as a construction manager.

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Cody Furstenau

Cody has been involved in construction his entire life. He gew up around Olaf Anderson Construction and became familiar with both the construction and office sides of the business from a very young age. He has worked for multiple subcontractors in the area, and also has experience in all trades performed by Olaf Anderson. He graduated from NDSU with a degree in Construction Engineering and is now a licensed professional Engineer.

At Olaf Anderson, Cody has managed the construction of over 1.8 million SF of dock-high warehouses for tenants including Amazon, Bayer, UPS and many others. He also manages much of the day-to-day operations in the office, working with all other employees to ensure smooth operation of all Olaf Anderson projects.

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Troy Mallow

Troy believes that looking at the long range plans for the use and expansion of a new building is as important as the aesthetic qualities he implements into his designs.

Troy is a graduate of NDSU, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

His expertise in the design aspect of construction includes an extensive background in computer-based layout software and a thorough understanding of local and national building code regulations. Troy is also a member in good standing with the AIA (American Institute of Architects) and NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards).

When Troy works on a project, he first focuses on the client’s needs. Troy is committed to looking at the big picture and how the design will best suit the client’s growth. His vision for every building is individual and his commitment to quality is applied to every project.

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Trent Ochsner

Trent believes functionality is the key to the success of any building and can only be achieved by meeting the needs of each individual client. Trent is a creative problem-solver whose focus on the details ensures a smooth transition from design to construction. His efficiency and technical proficiency enable him to meet even the tightest schedules.

Trent is a graduate of NDSU with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design. He values lifelong learning and strives to keep current with industry trends by attending professional seminars as well as annually attending the national convention for the American Institute of Architects.

Trent is LEED accredited. This is a professional certification for the design of sustainable and energy efficient, green buildings, a growing trend in today’s environmentally friendly focused world.

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Ward Briggs

Ward is the youngest of the three Architects at Olaf Anderson. What he lacks in years of experience, he makes up for with his eagerness to learn and his creativity. He works hard to design spaces that are unique and custom, yet still buildable.

Ward graduated in 2014 from NDSU with a Master’s of Architecture and a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Design. He enjoys working on projects from start to finish, beginning with the Programming phase and the initial design concept, all the way through Construction Documents and Construction Administration. Attention to detail at all phases of the project are what create not only a successful end product, but a strong bond between the customer and the designer.

Ward has a wife and two young kids. They enjoy spending as much time as possible at the lake during all seasons, not just summer. Ward enjoys playing outside with his kids, going on family walks around the neighborhood, swimming, waterskiing and wakeboarding.

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Doug Wendel

Doug is a North Dakota native who enjoys the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He grew up in a small rural farming community and he applies small town values to his work.

Doug is a graduate of VCSU, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Education. Doug joined Olaf Anderson in 2001 and with his many years of construction experience, he has seen building from all aspects. He started out in construction as a laborer and he has worked his way through the ranks. This hard work and determination has enabled him to become a highly effective Chief Estimator.

With his vast range of experience, Doug has the knowledge and ability to put together the complete package.

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Lyn Narum

An avid sports and outdoors enthusiast, Lyn applies the qualities of commitment, teamwork, and communication towards every project, no matter how big or small. These characteristics ensure that each project we undertake be done on schedule, within budget and to the highest quality.

A graduate of NDSU, with a degree in Construction Management and a minor in Business Administration, Lyn has been dedicated to serving Olaf Anderson clients since 2002.

Lyn takes pride and works hard to live up to the Olaf Anderson motto, “Do it right the first time.”

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Tom Stiel

Tom was born and raised in Benson, Minnesota. Tom’s attention to detail and sense of integrity enables him to deliver to his clients a quality result in an efficient manner. Tom joined Olaf Anderson in 2007 after working for the US Army Corps of Engineers for 7 years.

Tom has degrees in Architectural Drafting and Construction Management. Tom’s focus at Olaf Anderson is with the healthcare industry. He is certified to work in healthcare facilities through the Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association.

Through his work experience, Tom has gained an understanding of what it takes to manage multiple projects, keep them on schedule, and meet the client’s expectations, leading to project success. Tom enjoys woodworking and being a father and husband.

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Mike Monson

Mike is a 2005 graduate of North Dakota State College of Science, where he received his Associate’s degree in Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology.

He continued his education at Valley City State University, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 2007.

Mike is from Williston, ND and attributes his strong work ethic and moral values to being raised in a smaller community where honesty and integrity are commonplace. Maintaining a positive attitude with a sense of humor are a few of the characteristics Mike incorporates into his lifestyle.

He enjoys the outdoors, many types of athletics, and facing new challenges. Mike serves as a Designer at Olaf Anderson and is enthusiastic about working with a respected construction company and design team. He is dedicated to expanding his knowledge of construction and architectural design technologies to completely satisfy client’s needs.

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Jared Swanson

Jared is a graduate from North Dakota State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. He has been a part of the Olaf Anderson team since 2011.

During his time as a construction manager at Olaf Anderson, Jared has overseen a wide range of projects. His “hands-on” approach and attention to detail come from years of experience as a carpenter.

Outside of work, Jared enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and anything involving sports.

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Ben Mallow

Ben is a graduate of North Dakota State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering. He has been a part of the Olaf Anderson team since 2018.

Prior to starting at Olaf, Ben gained experience in the field to further understand the complexities of certain trades, expand on his hard work ethics, and dive into the construction world with a hands on approach. His experience in the field includes metal stud framing, hanging and finishing drywall, concrete and steel erection.

In his free time, Ben spends all of it in the outdoors fishing, hunting, or golfing with family and friends.

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Jonas Mickelson

Jonas was born and raised in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. His “go getter” personality started at a young age as he worked alongside his parents giving them a hand when and wherever needed. He learned that putting the time and effort into helping others rewards great satisfaction.

Jonas graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management paired with minor in Business Administration. He joined the Olaf Anderson team in 2021 and has a passion in building valuable relationships with people he encounters, through listening and understanding their needs, and exceeding their expectations through a successful project.

Outside of work, Jonas enjoys spending time with his Christ centered family, hunting, snowmobiling, and being active with anything outdoor related.

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Chad Manthei

Chad joined the Olaf Anderson team in 2021. He initially earned an Associate’s degree in Architectural Drafting and Estimating from North Dakota State College of Science. He then spent 7 years working in both structural and architectural drafting positions. This experience provides him an acute attention to detail. While maintaining a full-time position, Chad went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management and a minor in Business from North Dakota State University. Chad understands the importance of time management and staying on schedule.

As part of the Olaf Anderson team, Chad appreciates seeing projects through start to finish. Chad was born and raised in Fargo. He enjoys spending time with his family, camping, hunting, and home DIY projects.

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Will Green

Will is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. He joined the Olaf Anderson team in 2023.

Will thrives in the dynamic world of construction because every project presents a new challenge to conquer. He prioritizes open communication, trust, and responsibility; and he aims to not only meet clients’ immediate needs but also to understand their long-term goals and aspirations.

Outside of work, you'll often find Will hunting, ice fishing, and relishing moments on the lake or hitting the trails for mountain biking throughout the summer.

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Gerald Noble

With a quick wit and a friendly smile, Gerald has earned a reputation as a straight shooter. Gerald's belief in hard work and his positive attitude brings success to every project. Customer satisfaction is essential to Gerald and he stresses the importance of proper communication between everyone involved on the construction team.

He earned his undergraduate degree in Construction Management from NDSU and is an important team member at Olaf Anderson. Dedicated to customer service, Gerald enjoys building professional client relationships and uses the knowledge he gains from the people with which he works to ensure project success.

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Justin Walock

Justin is originally from Oakes, ND. He has had many different roles during his time at Olaf Anderson, starting as a design draftsman in 2000, then Safety Director in 2010, and is now assuming Director of Field Operations duties. He started this new role in 2023.

Justin’s main responsibility is to monitor the coordination required between manpower, equipment and project schedules. He works closely with the construction managers on a daily basis to ensure that their projects have all the adequate assets they require to succeed. His frequent jobsite visits & close relationship with all field personnel allow him to evaluate quality control on a daily basis as well.

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Rachel Elofson

Rachel grew up in Moorhead, MN and went on to receive a B.A in Spanish and a M.A in Applied Linguistics. With both of those degrees under her belt, she taught high school English and Spanish for eleven years before getting involved in the construction safety field in 2012. She joined Olaf Anderson in 2023, and her expertise in the safety field prior to that will be a strong resource for us moving forward.

Rachel is dedicated to making our jobsites as safe as possible through the implementation of our company safety program and federal regulations. She will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of site safety and providing ongoing training and direction to minimize risk. She will be on site for frequent safety inspections to ensure the safety of all personnel.

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