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Mazopiya Wins Excellence in Construction Award

Associated Builders and Contractors Honors Mazopiya, Contractor


Prior Lake, MN – The natural food market Mazopiya was honored recently for excellence along with its contractor Shingobee Builders at the Associated Builders and Contractors' Excellence in Construction Awards program on February 2, 2012. Mazopiya was honored with a Minnesota Pyramid Award presented during the annual awards banquet held at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Minneapolis. ABC’s finest contractors, subcontractors, and specialty contractors were honored at the event for the merits of their projects with the most unique and challenging designs.

The award celebrates the quality and innovation of merit shop construction. It also honors all the members of the construction team, including the contractor, the owner, and the design team responsible for the project. The winning projects were selected from entries submitted from across the state and were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unusual challenges, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety, and budget.

Mazopiya is owned and operated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, a federally recognized Indian tribe.

“With a long standing philosophy of being good stewards of the natural landscape, we also sought to create a facility that would set the bar high for sustainable, energy-efficient construction,” said SMSC Chairman Stanley R. Crooks. “Mazopiya was constructed with the goal of LEED certification.”

The Minnesota Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors is part of a national association representing more than 23,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 81 chapters across the United States.

The interior of the store features natural wood installations and emphasizes a clean, natural appearance and décor. Construction of the building shell by Randy Crooks Construction began in 2008 and was completed in 2009.

Shingobee Builders completed the interior build-out, a building addition, and exterior improvements to the existing building for the 9,000 square foot store in March 2010. HTG Architects (Eden Prairie, Minnesota) designed the facility. Accepting the award on behalf of the SMSC was Jim Schuweiler, Senior Project Manager with Shingobee and a member of the design team. Also present at the event were design team members SMSC Tribal Administrator Bill Rudnicki, SMSC Maintenance Director Kurt Hazekamp, Shingobee President / CEO Keith McDonald, and Tom Moorse and Rob Brandwick of HTG Architects.

Shingobee utilized a fast-track process and sustainable construction methods to construct Mazopiya. The unique interior design included natural wood casework, a polished concrete aggregate floor, and a community room for cooking and nutrition classes. The project incorporated numerous energy efficient features, including the use of a geothermal heating system for temperature control which captures heat and cooling from the ground. The SMSC’s schedule and budget were met, and the Community’s goal of bringing healthier, natural nutrition to its members was achieved.

Established in 1980, Shingobee is a nationally recognized commercial construction company providing general contracting, project management, and real estate development. With offices in Loretto and Waite Park, Minnesota, the company provides services throughout the Upper Midwest, and has built a reputation for quality construction and innovative management. For more information, visit

About Mazopiya

Mazopiya focuses on clean organic foods and carries local products whenever possible, including produce from the SMSC’s organic garden Mdewakanton Wozupi.

Some of Mazopiya’s other environmentally friendly features include:

-All the finishes are low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound).

-Local or regional materials produced within 500 miles were used to reduce emissions from transport.

-Numerous large windows, including clerestory windows placed high on the wall to allow more daylight to infiltrate.

-Drought tolerant landscaping was used so no irrigation is needed.

-Water efficient plumbing fixtures were used.

-Construction waste was greatly reduced by use of recycling.

-Pavers made from recycled tires were used instead of brick or concrete.

In the Dakota language, Mazopiya means “a store, a place where things are kept.” With a focus on local and natural foods, Mazopiya offers a large inventory of organic items, including free-range grass fed meats; fresh, organic, and local produce; a deli; coffee bar; full-line of groceries, paper goods, breads, healthy supplements, and personal care products, even pet foods. Cafe seating and a Community Room allow for classes about healthy and clean eating. For more information go to, find us on facebook, or call 952-233-9140.


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