This Award is in recognition of a person who recognizes the necessity and role of building reuse in terms of culture, legacy, and job creation. This year’s awardee is someone who recognizes that preservation is not just about buildings or places, but about people, and possibilities in communities all over Minnesota.
This year’s Presidents Award recognizes a person who is one of the leading voices in favor of preservation at the State Capitol. David Senjem is a Republican who represents Rochester and portions of Olmsted and Dodge counties. He has had a long career in public service, having been a member of the Olmsted County Environmental Commission, a Park Board member, and an 11-year member of the Rochester City Council before he was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2002. As a longstanding member and current chairman of the Senate Capitol Investment Committee, Senator Senjem has crafted bills that have directed billions of dollars towards the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, sites, and structures all across the state. From University buildings to landmark bridges to the hallways, chambers, and marble exterior of the State Capitol building itself, Senator Senjem’s skillful hand as a negotiator and advocate is evident in these renovated historic places. Senator Senjem also helps ensure the thoughtful and respectful management of the restored Capitol building as a member of the Minnesota State Capitol Preservation Commission and the Minnesota Capitol Art Subcommittee.
Senator Senjem has been a strong proponent of the Minnesota Historic Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit since its initial passage in 2010. He has authored bills to extend the credit’s sunset date, and is justifiably proud of the economic impact that the rehabilitation tax credit has generated over the past eight years. During this time, the state historic tax credit has helped save over one hundred vacant and underutilized buildings, and has created almost 13,000 jobs, for a total of over $745 million in labor income. All told, the economic impact of private rehabilitation projects completed using the state historic tax credit tops $2.2 billion dollars.
Senator Senjem considers his efforts on behalf of preservation to be all in a day’s work. But it is his dedication to serving the interests of the people he represents – and his belief that historic places have value to ALL Minnesotans – that makes him so effective.
As Senator Senjem has said, “These are irreplaceable structures and they tell us so much about ourselves. What really matters is that we try to work in a reasonable and thoughtful way towards preserving our past.” Senator Senjem is a true preservation champion, which is why we are pleased to honor him with this year’s Presidents Award.
Doug Gasek, PAM’s Executive Director, had this to say: “His leadership and support to pass and then extend the sunset of the Minnesota Rehabilitation Tax Credit has saved buildings all over Minnesota while creating over 7,000 construction jobs. Senator Senjem is a preservation champion.”
Executive Director’s Award: Anders Christensen
Whenever we think of Anders Christensen, we think of his optimism, passion, is craftmanship, entrepreneurship; his inquisitiveness, and generally just his joy of life. Anders gets to go to work every day at his Minneapolis-based company, TigerOx Painting, specializes in painting, plaster repair, paper hanging, and other finishing trades. Anders knows how crucial it is to pass on his knowledge of the trades to future generations. In the last few years, Anders has shared his decades of experience and knowledge with participants in PAM’s hands on classes. And as if that weren’t enough, Anders is a regular donor to our organization and has always given back his instructor fees as a donation to PAM. We never asked for this. He doesn’t have to do it. He does it because he believes in what he does, and what we do.
Honestly, Anders is our go-to instructor for our Rehab Labs. At these hands-on classes, Anders equips homeowners with the skills and confidence to tackle repair projects on their own. Beyond plaster techniques and painting tips, Anders empowers students to take pride in their homes, to appreciate their beauty, and to recognize their unique character.
He is committed to the notion that every home contains a wealth of stories and is worthy of quality craftsmanship. He has led Rehab Labs all over the metro and the reviews of his classes are always glowing. One review that stands out, a student mentioned they would take any class we hosted, as long as Anders taught it. With a review like that, I hope to see you all at one of his upcoming classes.
Anders is also the founder of the Healy Project, a nonprofit dedicated to sharing the architectural legacy of Minneapolis master builder T. P. Healy. He has dedicated countless hours to research and education about Healy and it has resulted in the growing community pride. Anders sees more than the architectural gems in the neighborhood, he sees the people and the places and the possibilities.
We are lucky to count Anders among our treasured supporters and PAM family.
Doug Gasek, Executive Director of PAM, had this to say: “Anders epitomizes PAM’s mission of connecting people to places through hands-on building re-use, training the next generation of building tradespeople, and staunchly advocating for his neighborhood. For Anders, building re-use and strong communities are a way of life.”
Honor Award Winners
Carnegie Art Center- Mankato, MN – Stakeholders include: Mankato Area Arts Coalition; Brunton Architects & Engineers; Brennan Construction
Emerge Career &Technology Center, Minneapolis, MN – Stakeholders include: Emerge Community Development; Paul Gates Architect, MacDonald & Mack Architects, Lts; Watson-Forsberg Co.; Lisa Kugler; Mattson McDonald Young; Ericksen Ellison & Associates; Lightspaces; Target Commercial Interiors; Faegre Baker Daniels; Twin Cities LISC
Gambles Restoration- Wabasha, MN – Stakeholders include: Gary J. Schmitt, Jeff Roemer, City of Wabasha, HPC, Wabasha Main Street
Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery–St. Paul, MN– Yust Architectural Services; Pelco Construction, LLC; Tom Dengler, Two World Woodworking, LLC; Fred Livesay; Building Restoration Corporation; Rippe & Associates; Align Structural; Vogel Mechanical; Lakeridge Electric; Neeck Construction; Greg Bemis Masonry, Bob Frame, and Midke Madsen, Meade & Hunt, Jim Sazevich, Richard Miller, David Christofferson, Christine Bouleware, Paul Schmidt, Greg Donofrio, Anthony Rodriguez, Myron Hanson, Tom Latane, Julie Scherer, Robert & Evangeline Schroeder, The entire Yust Family, and many, many good friends and West 7th neighbors.