A Heritage in Construction

Guthrie Theater

Guthrie Theater

Guthrie Theater

Metropolitan Stadium Viking Grand Stands

Dale Street Apartments

Wilson Library (University of Minnesota)

Catholic Charities Higher Ground St. Paul

We started building nearly 60 years ago. Today we build communities with some of Minnesota’s most passionate organizations.

A History of Building with Values

Watson and Forsberg have been names in the field of construction for almost 100 years. It started in the 1920s when Fred Watson, Sr. and Enock Forsberg began their careers. Fred was a civil engineer and Enock started as an architect. This began a long line of construction professionals in both families.

Later Fredrick Watson and John Forsberg forged this relationship into a major Twin Cities contractor. Starting in the 50s Watson-Forsberg experienced growth that continued through the 60s and 70s, forging a name synonymous with quality, honesty and integrity.

Our strong values and commitment to making the Twin Cities a better place to live attracted repeat customers and contributed to our success. Our work influenced the arts community and helped charitable organizations further their missions which is something we’ll always be proud of.

Our Impact on The Community

Over the years, we’ve built historical buildings that fostered growth, culture, and kindness within the community:

The 1961 Minneapolis Central Library – Libraries are important centers for public knowledge. From a small business trying to get started to someone looking to address a social problem, libraries provide invaluable resources to help them move forward.

The 1963 Guthrie Theatre – The construction of the Guthrie Theater helped the artistic community in Minneapolis to grow. Symbolizing the start of the not-for-profit resident theater movement.

The 2017 St. Paul Dorothy Day Center (HGSP) – Not just a place where people can find shelter and food. Here people gain access to information on affordable housing and resources that help them move to higher ground.

Over the years, Watson-Forsberg has changed its approach and methods to stay relevant. However, we’ll always hold onto the values that our company was founded on. Today, building lasting relationships with our clients is just as important as it was 60 years ago.

What Our Heritage Means for You

From community gathering places to providing shelter, our goal is to help our clients to fulfill their mission. If you want to work with a builder that knows the community and will work with you to overcome the challenges of your business, then contact us. By working together, we can make the community a better place.