Chris Coffield

Chris Coffield joined our team in 2019, bringing with him more than 22 years of experience. Prior to Karkela, Chris owned a successful carpentry business, working with many local commercial and residential construction companies and homeowners. Before that, he was a Journeyman in the Twin Cities Carpenters Union.

As superintendent, he oversees the project operations and is responsible for daily scheduling along with supervising all activities and tasks. He is committed to ensuring the safety and compliance at each site. The Zion Lutheran Church remodel in Anoka, MN is a large project he was proud to be a part of. Chris is a hard worker, dependable, works well with others, and is committed to client satisfaction.

Chris enjoys camping and off-road activities with his wife, Kim, and daughter, Cate. He also collects and restores vintage snowmobiles and motorcycles.

John Warmuth

John joined Karkela Construction in 2019. With a degree in construction management and over 25 years experience as a licensed contractor knowledgeable in all segments of construction, he has developed an excellent track record of strong working relationships with owners, architects, and engineers, resulting in successful construction experiences.

As a team player, John is responsible for project management including controlling budgets, negotiating subcontracts, and providing day-to-day communication with the project team to ensure jobs remain on schedule and within budget to surpass our client’s expectations. His knowledge of construction and his ability to coordinate subcontractors renders him a value to the Karkela team.

In his spare time, John enjoys spending time fishing with his wife Linda and devoting quality time with his family and friends.

Russ Mahlmeister

Russ joined the ATS team in 2014 and his current responsibilities includes the general oversite of the management of all Karkela projects, ensuring that each gets completed on time and on budget. He graduated from MSU-Mankato with a B.S. in Construction Management. Russ has 16 years of construction industry experience.

Russ grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota and now resides is Dover, MN. He is married with one child and in his spare time he enjoys hunting and fishing.

Matt Young

Matt Young joined the Karkela team in 2016, bringing with him 8 years of construction experience. Matt started his own remodeling business at the age of 20 and with his outgoing and enthusiastic personality he built a business based on client satisfaction and trust.

Over the years Matt completed hundreds remodels, many of which were featured on the Parade of Homes. In 2011, Matt decided to transition into commercial construction as a carpenter. The hands-on experience of building numerous types of commercial spaces including dental clinics, apartment complexes, medical and hospital equipment manufacturers, and numerous tenant improvement remodels has given Matt an eye for identifying issues early on allowing jobs to move forward efficiently.

Matt enjoys fishing with his wife Kim, spending quality time with family and volunteering his skilled labor at various local charities.

Mark Arnold

Mark joined the Karkela team in 1986. His experience in the construction industry is extensive and has spanned over 44 years. Customer satisfaction is Mark’s key value in working with clients.

Prior to joining Karkela, he began his career as a laborer for the bricklayers union. Mark eventually joined his brother’s (Pat Arnold) business in constructing new homes and commercial projects.

Mark’s many successful projects include multiple Valvoline Oil Change centers and hundreds of dental/healthcare clinics. His experience ranges from ground-up projects and expansions to extensive interior remodeling projects. With Mark’s experience, knowledge and understanding of the construction field, he will make the customer’s transition easy into their newly constructed or remodeled facility.

Pat Arnold

Pat joined the Karkela Construction team in 1986. His experience in the construction industry is extensive and spans over 40 years.

With more than 25 years on the Karkela team, Pat has managed many successful projects including a large liquor store/deli (23,000 square feet), a highly technical analytical laboratory, and hundreds of dental/healthcare clinics.

From ground-up projects to extensive interior remodeling projects, Pat assists customers with their needs for their particular building project and answers any questions that may arise during the planning stages.

Prior to joining Karkela, Pat began his career as a laborer for the bricklayers union and he transitioned into carpentry as an apprentice carpenter. Pat also owned a successful commercial and residential building company. Pat’s had experience with a wide range of commercial and residential projects prior to joining the Karkela team.

John Hill

John joined the Karkela team in 2013 with 12 years of experience in the construction industry. He graduated from Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology in 2004. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, is CDT certified with the Construction Specification Institute, and serves on the Commercial Builders Council Executive Committee.

John oversees the cost estimating processes and maintains the estimating program primarily for projects that have complete bid documents. He has also managed dozens of successful projects including church renovations and additions, new retail buildings, residential projects over 10,000 sf, higher education additions and renovations, an alternative energy center, and a new hotel with 96 guestrooms and a swimming pool.

Roger Swagger

Roger is the vice president of sales and co-owner of Karkela Construction. He is responsible for general oversight and the direction of the company, with a focus on strategic development and objectives of the business, including overseeing project management and delivery, operations, client relations and marketing, while striving to execute at the highest industry standards. He is dedicated to delivering projects with the client’s best interest first and exceeding client’s expectations.

Roger joined the company in 1985, and has been involved in the construction and renovation of hundreds of healthcare, hospitality and commercial projects throughout the Midwest.

Roger has been building for satisfied customers for more than 30 years. Roger knows the power of referrals and “word of mouth” marketing in the construction business. That is why he is committed to delivering an exceptional experience with each project.

Projects Highlights:
Dalseth Family Dentistry – 7,000 square foot new ground-up (recipient of AIA Honors award)
Oak Cliff Place -15,000 square foot new ground-up
Westwood Lutheran Church renovation – Major renovation (recipient of AIA Special award)
Katz Analytical Services – 10,000 square foot new ground-up materials testing facility
Metro Dentalcare – Richfield  – 26,000 square foot clinic and administration area
Hundreds of dental clinics of all sizes

Several of Roger’s projects have been recognized with awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Roger is a recognized leader in the healthcare construction industry in the Minneapolis/St. Paul community. Among his current leadership positions, Roger serves on the board of the Associated Builders Association.