Sioux County Regional Airport project featured in Sioux City Journal story

Click here to read the story from the Sioux City Journal.


MMUA Summer Conference August 20 - 22 in Alexandria, MN



Krystal Hermanson joins Sioux Falls office



DGR Engineering Selected to 2018 PSMJ Circle of Excellence

DGR Engineering has once again been honored by PSMJ Resources as one of seventy-two exceptional architecture and engineering firms named into the Circle of Excellence.  This is the fifth year in a row DGR Engineering has earned this award.

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.

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:

● Low Staff Turnover – Staff has remained stable through the years, providing 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 five 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”.

 “Each year, the Circle of Excellence firms come from all corners of the A/E space. This diversity demonstrates 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 from 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!”

 About PSMJ: For more than 40 years, PSMJ Resources, Inc. has been recognized as the leading publishing, executive education, and advisory group devoted completely to improving the business performance of A/E/C organizations worldwide. PSMJ’s sought-after expertise covers a range of critical business areas such as project management, financial management, human resources, business development, transition planning, and mergers and acquisitions.


Brady Grafing joins DGR Engineering's Rock Rapids office


DGR Engineering welcomes Craig Lauritzen




DGR Engineering Solutions Summer Newsletter



DGR Engineering welcomes Kevin Ranney



Summer interns at work in Rock Rapids office

We're pleased to have this fine young group of interns working in our Rock Rapids
office this summer. They are already busy at work in our Electrical Power,
Water Services, and Civil/Survey Departments.


Introducing our Sioux Falls office summer interns

Introducing four summer interns from our Sioux Falls office: Mattisen Kelley,
Selene Tinklenberg, Christian Graber and Canaan Knigge will be working on
various projects throughout the summer. We're happy to have you with us!


Sioux City office welcomes summer interns

It's a sure sign of summer! Our interns have started seasonal work in our Sioux City office.
We extend a warm welcome to Grady Manker, Samuel McCarty and Carter Dahl.


Wiley joins Sioux City office



DGR Engineering welcomes Michael Lundy



Roberts joins DGR Engineering



Sioux County Regional Airport project receives award

DGR Engineering was honored to receive a Special Recognition
Award recently from the Iowa Concrete Paving Association.
The award acknowledges the high quality of design and
workmanship demonstrated on the Sioux County Regional
Airport project. 
Congratulations to all involved! 

Vernon Arens Retirement Open House

A retirement open house was held Thursday, April 12
in Yankton, SD honoring Vernon Arens for his
41-year career in engineering.

Following his education at the South Dakota
School of Mines, Vernon worked 12 years for
SPN and 8 years at B&E Engineering.

He then opened Arens Engineering in Yankton
in 1996, before joining DGR Engineering. He has
had a long and honorable work history serving
many towns in southeast South Dakota, and the
Yankton community on a wide variety of
engineering and surveying projects. 

We wish you a long and happy retirement, Vernon!


DGR Engineering featured as part of Engineering Week 2018

DGR Engineering was featured on the front page of the February 21 edition
of the Lyon County Reporter as part of Engineers Week 2018. Read the full story 
in the e-edition at


Metzger Awarded DGR Engineering Scholarship

Grant Metzger, Rock Rapids, IA has been awarded the 2017-2018 DGR Engineering Scholarship. 

Grant is the son of Jerome and Jana Metzger and attends South Dakota State University,
Brookings, SD. He has received a cash award of $2,000 towards the 2017-2018 academic
year in recognition of his academic accomplishments and expectation of achievement
in the engineering profession.

Grant serves as SDSU IEEE Treasurer, co-chaired Engineers Week, co-chaired the Spring Engineering
Career Fair, volunteered at the Brookings Boys and Girls Club, and served as a career development
ambassador. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the SDSU Honors College
and has a 4.0 cumulative grade point average.

The DGR Engineering scholarship is awarded annually to an applicant who has completed 30 semester
credit hours by June 1 of the current year in an accredited undergraduate engineering or land surveying
degree program within the United States, and has a minimum 3.0 composite collegiate GPA. 
DGR Engineering has created this scholarship for the purpose of promoting and advancing
the engineering profession in this region.

Pictured are Miriam Perryman, DGR engineer; Grant Metzger, and Sam Johnson, DGR engineer.


Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Project Takes Shape in Rock Rapids


DGR's Brian Meyer Leads Airport Tour for Dordt College Students


DGR Aviation Engineer, Brian Meyer, led a tour of the new Sioux County Regional Airport 
Monday, November 13 with the next generation of engineers from Dordt College.


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. 
He was given an introduction to DGR’s work and held a Q&A with employees. Iowa State Representative John Wills was also in attendance.

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.













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.