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www.TheDentistVoice.com
Address:4806 Park Glen Road
St Louis Park, MN 55416
Phone:(952) 922-5512
Fax:(952) 922-5906
Website:click here
Email:Butch@karkela.com
Services:Remodeling: Shell and interior
Remodeling: interior only
New construction: Shell and interior
New construction: interior only
New construction: Shell only
Complete project management
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PM (Minnesota)
posted 9.24.13

Works as our advocate

Date Hired: Within the past 12 months

Reason Hired: Build a new dental office, interior improvement only

Pros:
Karkela Construction works as our advocate on a construction project. As one example, they spotted a flaw in the wallpaper during construction, brought it to our attention, and asked if we wanted to have it all redone. They are very good at staying in touch with the sub-contractors and staying on schedule.

Cons:
During our last project with them, the foreman on our project left the company as the project was nearing completion. There was a gap in communication as a result. Karkela immediately put someone in his place however, so the disruption was minimal. We have worked with them on several other projects and had not experienced any problems to speak of.

Comments:
We have done several projects with Karkela Construction and have been very happy with the results. We marked them average on Creativity and Originality only because we have architects involved in the office design development and Karkela has had to build to the plans provided, typically not needing to provide design input.

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DrJ (MN)
posted 9.24.13

Beat our Deadline

Date Hired: Within the past 12 months

Reason Hired: Remodel of existing dental office

Pros:
I really liked their entire construction crew. Karkela was very responsive to any concerns that I had and to changes that I requested. They just made the whole project very easy. They use very high quality sub contractors.

Cons:
They used a dry wall contractor that was non-union. This sub contractor did very good work, but because they were non-union labor, the union has been picketing outside the building. I feel that I should have been made aware of this issue and given the option of going union or not.

Comments:
We had a very tight time line on our project. We ran into some issues during construction that could have pushed completion back beyond our required timeline, but Karkela was able to resolve the problems promptly and actually completed the project a couple of weeks early.

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Recommended: Yes
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DrL1 (MN)
posted 10.1.13

Excellent attention to detail

Date Hired: 10/02/2012

Reason Hired: Build a new dental office, interior improvement only

Pros:
Karkela Construction pays excellent attention to detail. They have built a lot of dental offices and they really know what they are doing. The entire staff was great to work with, including our project supervisor and the sub-contractors. They worked closely with our architect, which helped to make our project stress free and easy.

Cons:
None to speak of. We had an excellent experience.

Comments:
Note: Our architect was responsible for designing our office to be very unique and original in appearance, so we did not need to call on Karkela to help with in that area. Hence we rated “Originality” as a 3*. Karkela was very flexible in working with the materials specified by our architect. For example, we used reclaimed wood in our design, which was more challenging to deal with. Karkela took this decision in stride, never complaining about the extra effort that was needed to use this material. They were very accommodating when any issues did come up. We discovered that the wrong flooring material was ordered, but they resolved the issue immediately. This office project was the 2nd project that we have used Karkela Construction for.

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ToothDR (MN)
posted 10.1.13

Good listeners- interested in my ideas

Date Hired: 08/06/2012

Reason Hired: Build a new dental office, interior improvement only

Pros:
Karkela Construction was very quick to respond to issues that came up during our office construction. They listened to my concerns and ideas and have an extensive knowledge of dental office construction.

Cons:
There were a few mistakes early on during construction that were not discovered for some time. In one case, a wall was discovered to be in the wrong location. It had to be moved after the plumbing had been installed. This problem was resolved however, and with no cost to us.

Comments:
Karkela had a good working relationship and level of communication with our architect and this helped the project develop smoothly.

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Recommended: Yes
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DuluthDentist (Minnesota)
posted 1.28.14

Respect for my budget

Date Hired: 3/1/2013

Reason Hired: Build a new dental office, interior improvement only

Pros:
I was very pleased with how our new office project turned out. We had a tight time line for the remodel of an existing building and Karkela met the challenge. I really appreciated that they respected my budget, working hard to save money were possible. As an example, as the project was nearing completion, I realized that needed some shelves for a storage area and asked them about having something custom made. Karkela suggested some pre-made shelving from a local store in lieu of something custom and helped us install them. Rather than busting the budget, they saved us some money.

Cons:
I wanted to use a local electrician for my project. The electrician was not union. This unexpectedly resulted in some union picket activity. This was not Karkela’s fault however, and they actually helped to mitigate any effect that it might have had on our practice.

Comments:
I interviewed several contractors for my new office construction project. The primary reason that I chose Karkela Construction was because of the experience that they have and the positive comments from their references. Since their company is a few hours’ drive from the construction site, I had concerns that they may not be as responsive as needed. The distance was never a problem however. They had their people on the site every day and the project moved right along. I also liked that they have a very good relationship with the architect that I chose, and the architect recommended Karkela highly.

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StPaulDentist (MN)
posted 10.11.13

In good hands

Date Hired: 04/09/2012

Reason Hired: Build a new dental office, interior improvement only

Pros:
Karkela worked very well with our dental equipment dealer and with our architect. I felt that I was in very good hands. I never felt that I needed to worry about that details that I wanted taken care being done.

Cons:
I have been in my new office for 18 months now. Reflecting back on the project, I cannot think of anything that I can complain about. Everything went very well.

Comments:
Our office is in an old historic railroad building. Due the age of the building and it past purpose, there were many surprises that came up during construction. For example, when trenching for plumbing, Karkela discovered buried railroad tracks in the concrete floor. They took these unexpected obstacles in stride, using a lot of creativity to resolve problems. The landlord was very demanding regarding our construction timeline, but Karkela was able to meet the needs and completed the project on time.

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MinnDentist (MN)
posted 11.25.13

Not the least expensive, but worth it

Date Hired: One to three years ago

Reason Hired: Build a new dental office, interior improvement only

Pros:
They did an excellent job on our office. It has been two years and people still comment on how nice it is. Karkela brought the project in on time, and met our budget. They have been responsive to any issues after the office was completed, and have not charged us.

Cons:
No regrets or concerns. Their pricing was higher than other contractors, but it was worth it.

Comments:
We found Karkela through a magazine article. We interviewed them and several other contractors and got a number of bids. Karkela was actually the highest bidder, but I felt that they would do the best job for us so I went with them. I have not regretted my decision. They suggested an architect to use. I am glad that we followed their suggestion, because they worked perfectly with the architect which made the whole project that much easier. They have done a lot of dental offices and it shows. They are very knowledgeable in the needs of the dentist and dental offices.

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Recommended: Yes
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JonS (MN)
posted 10.11.13

Superior dental office knowledge

Date Hired: One to three years ago

Reason Hired: Build a new dental office, interior improvement only

Pros:
What I liked most about working with Karkela Construction was their commitment to our schedule. We had scheduled 10 weeks for the construction of our office, and we moved into the new space and began seeing patients 10 weeks and two days from the beginning of construction work. We had no surprises along the way that cost us any more money.

Cons:
I had no issues with Karkela.

Comments:
The sole reason that I chose Karkela was due to their knowledge of dental office construction. This was very important to me, and I did not get other bids because I wanted to work with them. I established a budget for the project and they stayed within the budget.

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Recommended: Yes
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Reed (MN)
posted 10.28.13

Great contractor, superior in every way.

Date Hired: 05/15/2013

Reason Hired: Build a new dental office, complete shell and interior

Pros:
Very professional, gave accurate estimates vs real costs, top quality construction.

Cons:
None.

Comments:
Karkela Construction is a first class business that specializes in turning dreams into reality. Everyone from Roger Swagger (Pres), Nick Schorr (Proj Mgr), Matt Miller (Const Supt) and Rhona Hoyt (Bus Office) have been superb. Can't say enough good things about this class act!

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FrankMN (MN)
posted 11.14.13

Lots of specialized dental office construction knowledge

Date Hired: Within the past 12 months

Reason Hired: Remodel of existing dental office

Pros:
Roger at Karkela Construction instills a lot of confidence during the high stress time of doing a major remodeling project. Karkela really knows what they are doing. They have a lot of specialized dental office construction knowledge that makes the entire construction process move along smoothly.

Cons:
There is not a lot of competition among construction firms in this region, specializing in dental office construction. Consequently, Karkela may show just a “hint” of arrogance, but they absolutely back this up with great performance.

Comments:
I don’t know how they could have improved our office or the construction project process. I am very happy with the results.

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Recommended: Yes
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