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Summer Road Trip!


Summer Road Trip!

Leave to baseball to give the staff at LJA and its subsidiary WAI office a reason to meet!  

In the name of employee Fun & Adventure, LJA loaded up a charter bus and headed to the Twin Cities to watch the Fargo/Moorhead Redhawks play the Saint Paul Saints.   Despite the rain in the early evening that dropped temperatures into the 50s, the game went on without a hitch and a great evening of fun was had.  (Though, none of us will forget the amazing off key singing going on during the 7th inning stretch!)

P.S.  Shout out to the Fargo/Moorhead Redhawks, who won 6-2!

LJA Architecture Deptartment Head Todd Jelinski and WAI Project Manager Greg Kinney.

LJA Structural Drafter Jess Jacobsen, LJA Architectural Drafter Peggy Hall with WAI Project Architect Jude Hallamek.

Despite the ominous looking sky, by this time the rain stopped and it became much more enjoyable!

LJA Structural Engineer Deb Palmer, LJA Architect Holli Hasbargen, LJA President Troy Tooz, WAI Founder Dave Wolterstorff, LJA Mechanical Engineer Brander Halver.

WAI Construction Supervisor Jake Jacobsen and WAI Architectural Drafter Brian Shutter.

WAI Vice President Scott Koester, LJA President Troy Tooz, LJA Mechanical Engineer Brander Halver and WAI Administrative Director Michael Paulson.

LJA Executive Administrative Assistant Collette Jerstad and Administrative Assistant Sande Kochis.

WAI Marketing Coordinator Christine Zrust with WAI Administrative Director Michael Paulson.   (Yeah... bad picture of me, but I guess if you are going to insist everyone let you take pictures, you have to be willing to share a few bad selfies!)

The best part of employee outings?  You get to hear about all the crazy things the bosses did when they were kids!  (Everyone needs a little blackmail!)


Engineering Week 2017:  Troy Tooz

Engineering Week 2017: Troy Tooz


Mr. Tooz is the President of LJA and has been a professional Civil Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the consulting engineering field. His experience has included projects for state and municipal government entities and private clients. He has a strong background in concrete and pavement design, including streets, roadways and parking lots. His experience includes planning, design and construction observation.  His experience also includes underground utilities, grading and drainage. Mr. Tooz has also provided inspection and quality control services for various types of construction projects.

What interested you about being an engineer?

I have been in construction my entire life.  I have always viewed the construction industry as a whole full of people willing to work hard for what they want in life; for themselves and their families.

What is your favorite part of being an engineer?

My favorite part of being an engineer is being part of something much bigger than any one person.  Big projects happen not because of one person but of the efforts of many.

What has been your favorite or most rewarding project of your career?

I like the big projects like SDSP, MNSP, Prairie Pride but sometimes just as much satisfaction comes in helping people on the small projects that could not have happened without us.

LJA Acquires WAI, Expanding Portfolio to Include Senior Living

The transaction allows both firms to expand into new geographic locations and market sectors

Fargo, ND – LJA (Lightowler Johnson Associates, Inc.), a full-service architecture and engineering firm with a comprehensive portfolio in hospitality design, has acquired WAI Continuum, an architecture firm located in St. Paul, MN, specializing in the field of senior living.  Both firms are nationally recognized in their trade.

Building upon the strengths of LJA’s 60 plus year history and established practices that include architectural design, engineering and planning services, WAI brings to the table 35 years of design specialization in the senior living market and projects completed in 34 states that include award winning work in skilled nursing care, memory care, independent and assisted living.  

Ribbon cutting ceremony with the Fargo - Moorhead Chamber of Commerce celebrating the acquisition.  (Shown L to R LJA VP Nate Anderson, LJA President Stevan Dewald, WAI President David Wolterstorff, LJA VP Troy Tooz)

 “We are excited to be acquiring this exceptional team of architects and designers,” said Stevan Dewald, President of LJA.  “Combining teams with portfolios as comprehensive as ours is an amazing opportunity to expand LJA’s depth of work in the senior industry while creating solutions that inspire and serve future clients successfully.” 

With the acquisition of WAI, LJA will employ 63 staff members among four offices and its portfolio will include completed projects that span all fifty states and Canada.

To learn more about WAI Continuum, visit their website at