New building official in Andover

Fred Patch brings 30 years combined of construction management and city building department experience to the city of Andover as its new building official.

Fred Patch. Photo by Eric Hagen

Fred Patch. Photo by Eric Hagen

Patch started working for the city July 15 as Don Olson was retiring after 26 years of working for Andover.

“I’m very excited to work for the city of Andover. It seems to be a stable community, forward thinking and a great place to reside,” he said.

Patch for about 13 years prior to coming to Andover owned Northwest Inspection Services, where he contracted his building inspection services to multiple municipalities such as Andover, Big Lake and Hanover. In Andover, he assisted then-Community Development Director Will Neumeister and Associate Planner Andy Cross with the city’s residential hazardous abatement program.

He has also been a building official in Monticello and Brooklyn Park. His first job out of college was a building inspector for Golden Valley.

“Over the many years, I’ve accumulated a lot of expertise. It’s nice to fully utilize that experience and have it be appreciated,” Patch said talking about why he chose to leave the private sector and come back to the public sector.

Over the years, Patch has stayed involved with associates and building officials organizations.

His experience as a construction manager in the private sector makes him aware of the pitfalls that can come during a project, Patch said. He wants to work with developers upfront to make them aware of city codes so that plans do not have to be altered significant down the road.

“I take a very collaborative approach,” Patch said. “I’m always trying to help builders and developers succeed in their project. Upfront communication is the key to any successful project.”

Professionally, one notable accomplishments was helping to oversee a massive multi-family housing neighborhoods redevelopment project in Brooklyn Park.

But when he was asked during his interview with the city of Andover what he was most proud of, he said, “Maintaining balance between work and family.”

He has been married to Mary Markve-Patch for 26 years. They have a daughter Lydia, 23, who just graduated from Michigan Tech and is pre-med. Charlie, 20, attends North Hennepin Community College and is looking at enrolling at one of the Minnesota state universities.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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