Dick Building Company is a multi-disciplined general contractor and construction management firm based in Pittsburgh, PA. We maximize value for our clients through innovative project solutions, an unwavering work ethic and four generations of industry experience.
Dick Building Company was formed in 2009 after Dick Corporation sold its assets to a global construction management company. We combine the experience and resources of a large and tenured construction firm with the commitment and customer service of a family-owned and operated business.
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA with a regional office in Boca Raton, FL, Dick Building Company serves clients in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Florida and abroad.
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.