Shingobee Builders has been honored by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Minnesota/North Dakota chapter with a Pyramid Award in ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards competition, for Shingobee’s work on the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Woodbury, MN. Shingobee CEO Nancy Samson, Project Manager Dan Beaving, Superintendent (retired) Daryl Hackenmueller, and RPT Realty General Manager Emilee DeCoteau received the award January 23, 2020, during the 2019 Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet. 


Representatives of Shingobee and RPT Realty accepting the Excellence in Construction award


Shingobee provided construction of the first Minnesota location of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for Woodbury Lakes retail center owner RPT Realty. Concrete tilt-up panels, an unusual construction method for Minnesota, were utilized for the exterior shell of the 43,392 square foot building. Interior build-out was provided for nine theaters, a large commercial kitchen to provide full-service bar and dining experience within the theaters, and a separate bar/restaurant, the Vetted Well. 










The large, complex project required creative solutions to maintain the schedule, with a record-snowfall winter causing utility delays, subcontractor delays, and a compressed schedule. There were numerous challenges, including a tight construction site; sound and dust control; health codes for food service areas; and the highly technical projection equipment.


A Cooperative Compliance Partnership with Minnesota OSHA was implemented to ensure safety on site. With 32 subcontractors and 475 personnel working on site during the entire project, there were no recordable incidents or injuries. 


Despite delays and challenges, Shingobee managed the schedule to turn over the building on time for the grand opening on August 1, 2018.


This is the third recognition received for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema project. It was earlier named a Top Project of 2018 by Finance & Commerce and recognized by Minnesota Shopping Center Association with a Shopping Center Tribute Awards for Retail Real Estate (STARR Award) in 2018.


Key project partners included RPT Realty, Hodges Architecture, Westwood Professional Services, Cal-Tex Electric, and Mechanical Air Systems, Inc. 


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ABC’s Excellence in Construction awards program is the construction industry’s leading competition, developed to honor innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects and safety programs. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, and design team responsible for the project. The winning projects, selected from entries submitted from across Minnesota and North Dakota, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety, and cost.


The MN/ND Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors is part of a national association representing more than 21,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 70 chapters across the United States. ABC provides legislative representation, networking, safety, and education opportunities for professionals in the construction industry. For more information, visit


Our congratulations to everyone on the project team!