Dick Building Company was formed when Dick Corporation, a major contractor, construction manager and design-builder active in the United States, Caribbean and Pacific Rim, sold assets and transferred control of its contracts to a global construction management company.
Dick Building Company, a newly formed construction firm, emerged in 2008 and is lead by Douglas Dick, former co-chairman of Dick Corporation, who has over 35 years of experience in the industry. The new firm provides construction management and general construction services to clients in a variety of markets.
Dick Building Company is expert in all phases of construction, assuring the quality and timely completion of projects. A multi-disciplined general contractor and construction management firm, Dick Building Company provides the innovative solutions a client needs to complete a project safely, on time and within budget.
Dick Building Company conducts much of its business in western Pennsylvania, but has a national reach, including work along the southern and northern borders, west coast and mid-America.
A Family Tradition Continues | 1920s Origin
Dick Building Company is the continuance of a long tradition of construction managers within the Dick family. Noble J. Dick, Douglas Dick’s grandfather, founded Dick Corporation in 1922, with a focus on building and renovating homes throughout the Pittsburgh region.
In 1942, Noble’s sons, Dorsey and Perry, joined Dick Corporation and grew the company beyond its regional base. The company evolved beyond home building to school construction and took on large projects, constructing Pittsburgh steel mills in the 1960s and 1970s.
In the mid-1970s, Dick Corporation was successful in winning contracts from the U.S Corps of Engineers to build bulk mail facilities in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Denver, Memphis, and Jacksonville, Florida.
The power industry, which was enjoying significant growth at the time, became an important source of new contracts. Dick Corporation was able to transfer the expertise it gained from steel mills, to power plants. Other important projects during this period included a power plant in Florida, the Federal Express headquarters in Memphis, and a U.S. Steel pipe mill in Texas. Although Dick Corporation was looking beyond Pittsburgh for growth, it continued to be involved in some major projects at home, including the Hillman Library at the University of Pittsburgh, Mellon Arena, the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station, and the Pittsburgh International Airport.
Third Generation Joins Firm in 1970s
A third generation of the Dick family went to work for the construction company in the 1970s. Dorsey’s son, David, joined in 1971. He was followed in 1973 by his brother, Douglas. Together, they grew Dick Corporation into a $1 billion company.
Over the next several years, the brothers landed major contracts building casinos in Las Vegas and took on projects in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the Caribbean. In addition, the company’s bridge and highway and power/industrial units were combined into a new Heavy/Industrial Division.
In 1999, Dick Corporation merged with Honolulu-based Fletcher Pacific Construction Company, the largest construction firm in Hawaii. Fletcher was renamed Dick Pacific and served as base for further expansion into the Pacific Rim.
In 2008, Dick Corporation announced it had completed the initial phase of a restructuring plan, which included a sale of assets and transfer of control to a new global construction management company. This transaction allowed Douglas Dick to form a new company – Dick Building Company — that is well positioned to meet the growing needs of the construction industry. A fourth generation of the Dick family is now actively involved in the company, continuing the family’s tradition of professionalism and innovation.