By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Richard “Dick” Ames, founder of ARTBA member firm Ames Construction, died Jan. 30, in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 89.

In 1962, Ames started the Minnesota-based dirt-moving company with a single bulldozer. Over the decades he built it into a $1 billion diversified operation that tackles transportation, mining, energy, commercial, and water and wastewater projects.

“The greatest thing about him was he was very genuine, a very dedicated, hard-working but very generous man of his word,” said Tim Worke, CEO of ARTBA chapter AGC of Minnesota. “He built the business by being a gentleman. He was a lion of the construction industry.”

Ames was a major donor to the University of Minnesota athletic department, and also enjoyed farming and breeding draft horses. He is survived by his wife, four children, and other family. See full Star Tribune obituary.