Our History

The Miller Architects & Builders you know today traces a family tradition back to Fred H. Miller—a youthful immigrant from Germany who arrived in Nebraska in 1874 and took up the carpenter's trade. Read about how Fred Miller’s passion for carpentry and building created the legacy known as Miller Architects & Builders.

1874

Fred H. Miller was born in Scheissenghausen, Neinburg, Germany in 1857 and moved to American in 1974 at the age of 17. He located in Lincoln, Nebraska, and there, he learned the carpentry trade. Fred’s eldest son, Wilhelm Miller, also chose carpentry and contracting as his trade. Wilhelm’s work was primarily remodeling and specialty work, known as barn straightening and repair for farm buildings.

1900-1930

From 1900-1930, Woilhelm continued with farm building repair and construction and barn straightening. He ventured into worship construction some time in 1916.

1932

Wilhelm’s eldest son, Albert “Al” Miller, joined him in the trade.

1936

Albert F. Miller expanded the business in farm repair and new farm construction, working in areas of North and South Dakota and Minnesota. Albert proceeded to expand the business into residential and commercial remodeling.

1955

Albert unexpectedly passed away, and the business was taken over by his wife and eldest son, James “Jim” W. Miller. A year later, Jim Miller purchased the business from his mother and continued with farm construction. A short time later, he started to build new homes, residential remodeling work, and construction work.

1960

A division was added to the company too construct pre-engineered steel buildings and pursue commercial and industrial building.

1961

Miller Lumber and Supply was formed to sell retail construction materials.

1962

Miller Construction was Incorporated.

1963

Miller hired its first architectural draftsman and set up its own drafting department.

1968

Miller Lumber and Supply became Miller Home Improvement Center.

1970

The Real Estate Division was formed. In the same year, Tim and Dan Miller started working with their father, Jim Miller.

1972

Miller purchased Penalt & Truzinski Architects to provide design-build services. In the same year, the Wausau Department was formed to market factory build homes.

1974

The company expanded into multiple dwelling construction (apartments) as a separate division.

1976

The Property Management Division was added in 1976 to help manage the Real Estate Division.

1978

The company expanded in motel building and management as a separate division. Prime Rate Inc. formed, which was a franchised motel chain that Miller built and managed.

1980

In the early 1980s, Miller saw the construction industry in a recession that affected many construction firms. Miller did some re-evaluating, slimmed down some of the divisions, and moved forward.

1990

Tim and Dan Miller purchased the construction and architectural business from their father Jim Miller. To this day, Jim Miller still owns and runs Miller Properties and Investments.

1995

Tim and Dan Miller changed the company name from Miller Construction to Miller Architects & Builders.

1996

Miller Architects & Builders added Median Construction Division.

2000

Dan Miller purchased the construction and architectural business from his brother Tim.

2005

Dan Miller partnered in ownership with Joe Seifert (President) and Dave TeBrake (Executive Vice President)—two long-standing employees.

2010

Miller Architects & Builders continues to expand in the Midwest with design and construction for funeral homes, worship facilities, senior health care, hotels, manufacturing/industrial, commercial/retail, and multi-family projects. Miller Architecture Inc. is growing with expansion into municipal and educational facilities.

2016

Brad Torok, AIA, Director of Architecture, joined the ownership of Miller Architects & Builders along with Dan Miller, Joe Seifert, and Dave TeBrake. Brad has been employed with Miller since 1992.

As Miller Architects & Builders continues to expand its footprint, we remain rooted in the philosophy that was forged through our commitment to delivering the highest quality design and construction services.

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