Danielle Huewe selected Young Surveyor Representative for South Dakota
Congratulations to DGR’s Dani Huewe, (front row, third from the right) for being selected Young Surveyor
Representative for South Dakota. She recently attended the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS)
annual convention and tech expo in Frisco, TX.
She is pictured here with other young surveyor representatives. The NSPS Young Surveyors Network is a
social network of young surveyors across the nation, working together to give a voice to young surveyors in
their profession. They work along with NSPS, state, and other local organizations to promote surveying to
young surveyors and the public.
Tina Hansen joins Sioux City office
DGR Engineering welcomes Tina Hansen, administrative assistant/technician,
to its Sioux City, Iowa office. Tina attended WITCC and was previously a
senior CAD technician. Originally from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, she and
her husband have a daughter and 2 cats.
Construction Update: Windom Street Project
The City of Windom is excited to see the final lift of paving being completed for
their 2017 Street project. Thank you to Holtmeier Construction, Hoffman Concrete
and SMC for their continued progress on this reconstruction endeavor.
Construction Update: Osceola County Rural Water System
DGR Engineering is proud to be a part of this Osceola County Rural Water System project.
It consists of the construction of a new 2,400 gpm water treatment plant and a 1.0 million gallon
ground storage reservoir. The plant will remove iron and manganese from the groundwater through
aeration, detention, and filtration treatment processes. The project also includes constructing two
backwash water storage ponds.
The contractor, Grundman Hicks, has spent the last few weeks installing rebar and pouring concrete.
They are currently setting wall forms on the north side of the building.
Senator Chuck Grassley visits DGR Engineering August 30, 2017
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley visited DGR Engineering in Rock Rapids as part of his every county tour of Iowa.
DGR Engineering hosts U.S. Senator Joni Ernst August 22, 2017
DGR Engineering was honored to host U.S. Senator Joni Ernst as she continued her 99-county tour of Iowa this week.
She took time to learn about our business and answered questions from DGR employees while in Rock Rapids.
Randall Community Water District Pipeline Project
Work continues on the Randall Community Water District
Pipeline Project, including rural installation of approximately
5.5 miles of 24” PVC pipe and construction of a 3 million gallon
tank. Coordination with DOT and the Yankton Sioux Tribe are
integral components of this project.
DGR Welcomes New Employee Jason Niemann
DGR Engineering welcomes Jason Niemann,
design technician, to its Rock Rapids Electric Power Department.
Jason is a graduate of Mitchell Technical Institute and
South Dakota State University. He has previous experience
as an electric technical trainer and is a journeyman lineman.
Originally from Emery, SD, he and his wife have two children.
DGR Engineer Dan Nebelsick contributed to CoBank Newsletter
DGR Engineer and Water Dept. Head, Dan Nebelsick,
Sioux Center Middle School Project Nears Completion
Things are happening at the Sioux Center Middle School!
This DGR project included designing a safer drop off/pick up zone,
as well as new basketball courts and a gaga pit (it’s a place for a
game that is similar to Dodge ball, but only one ball is used),
and storm water detention pond.
Rock Rapids Reunion
Blair Metzger, President of DGR Engineering, and Nancy Weathers took a break
The painting features Nancy’s father, co-founder Dick Grant (far right in the mural).
The timing of the photo is fitting since DGR Engineering will be celebrating
DGR Engineering Honored With 2017 PSMJ Circle of Excellence Selection
DGR Engineering has again been recognized by PSMJ Resources, Inc. as a member of the Circle of Excellence. This is the fourth year in a row DGR Engineering has earned this honor. Seventy-three exceptional architecture and engineering firms made it onto the exclusive list this year.
PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence honorees are chosen based on thirteen business metrics important to the successful operation of an engineering business, including the following:PSMJ Resources, the premier management consulting firm for the architecture, engineering, and construction industries, annually selects firms for this honor. PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence is designed to highlight firms that are successfully managed and demonstrate outstanding achievements in areas such as productivity, business development, staff growth, staff turnover, and overhead management.
● Low Staff Turnover – Staff has remained stable through the years, providing its clients with long-term relationships and deep loyalty, leading to a better understanding of the organizations with whom DGR Engineering works.
● Operating Overhead Rate – DGR Engineering’s effective and efficient practices keep overhead costs down, helping to keep cost under control for clients.
● Labor Utilization - PSMJ also noted DGR Engineering’s exceptional efficiency at focusing on productive work for its clients.
“DGR Engineering is honored to have been selected for the Circle of Excellence for four years in a row,” says Blair Metzger, DGR Engineering President. “Receiving this honor is a result of being entrusted by our many loyal clients to provide solutions to their needs, along with the efforts of dedicated staff members who have made DGR Engineering the employer of choice in this region”.
“The Circle of Excellence is consistently made up of a diverse set of firms that come from all corners of the architectural and engineering space. This is hard proof that success isn’t defined by a specific firm size, location, or market niche,” says Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, Founder and CEO of PSMJ Resources. “The top-performing firms just think and act differently than the rest of the pack to achieve extraordinary business performance.”
“The firms recognized in the Circle of Excellence set the standard for outstanding and sustainable business results,” says Stasiowski. “Some firms have been in this prestigious group year after year!”
New Sioux County, IA Regional Airport Construction Taking Off
Kay Dye recognized for 40 years of service at DGR Engineering
Kay Dye was recognized on Tuesday, July 11 for 40 years of service at DGR Engineering. Kay started her career in March of 1977 as a Vari-typist in the Business Support Department at DeWild Grant Reckert & Associates Co., then located at 315 First Avenue in Rock Rapids.
Kay witnessed many changes over the years, including the transition from Varityper machine to the Selectric II typewriter, mag card typewriter and finally to computers, as well as the advancement from hand drafting to the CAD (Computer Aided Design) system.
Her favorite tasks include transcription and working on project specifications. She also worked in the DGR offices located above the current Frontier Bank when they moved their Water Resources and Environmental Departments to that location for a few years. She now works in the current DGR Engineering office at 1302 S. Union, Rock Rapids.
DGR's very own Danielle Huewe featured in Southeast Tech Tech Times magazine!
Hometown: Bemidji, MN
Majors: Civil Engineering Technology and Land Surveying Technology Job
Title/Employer: Survey Technician, DGR Engineering
ST: What did you do before attending Southeast Tech?
DH: “I worked for a few years before attending college in Iowa and received my AAS in Heavy Equipment Operations and Maintenance. I then worked for a construction company checking grade, and managing a scraper crew before I decided I was more interested in the GPS applications. I then got a job with an engineering company and came to Southeast Tech.”
ST: Since you were already employed and had a degree, why did you choose to go back to school?
DH: “I chose Southeast Tech after hearing great reviews on the land surveying program and talking to a few past graduates. It just gives me a little more advantage in the future over my competitors. Both of these degrees will greatly help with the success of my career, allowing me to take my Fundamentals of Surveying exam, and then eventually become licensed.”
ST: What is the best part of what you do?
DH: “My favorite aspect of being a Survey Technician is that I get to be outside all the time, and always having changing projects. I also really enjoy construction staking, as it allows me to be part of road projects, which also relates to my heavy equipment degree. I do feel like I have learned a lot, and that I have benefitted from attending Southeast. I know that the Civil3D CAD operations I’ve been able to take into the office with me allowed more work for me over the winter.”