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“Solutions” Fall 2022 Newsletter

October 11, 2022

Our fall newsletter is packed with information! From our Water Services Department: The Osgood Water Treatment Plant vision has become a reality.  From our Civil Survey Department, read about the upcoming Highway 75 reconstruction project in Sioux Center, and learn about Partial Depth Repair (PDR) for concrete maintenance. Our Electrical Power Department contributes a story about preparing for the future with electric vehicle infrastructure, and from our GIS specialists, a story on “Getting the Lead Out” of service lines and how GIS can assist in that effort. Also information on our new office building in Sioux Falls, and new location in Sioux Center, along with some awards we have received. Read it here.

Sioux Center Office Opening Slated for November, 2022

October 7, 2022

DGR Engineering (DGR) recently announced plans to open an office at 160 S. Main Avenue in Sioux Center, Iowa. DGR’s headquarters is located in Rock Rapids, with office locations in Sioux City, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The new office in the center of Sioux County will serve the thriving area which has been a significant market for DGR over the years. It will also serve as a field office for the upcoming Highway 75 reconstruction project running through Sioux Center (see page 6 for more information on the project).

DGR is excited about the opportunity to better serve the needs of both current and future clients in the Sioux County area.


Metzger Honored for Contributions to Power Industry

October 7, 2022

Blair Metzger, president of DGR Engineering (DGR), received the Wayne E. Knabach Excellence in Power Award at the Center for Power Systems Studies banquet Oct. 3 at McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center.

The annual award is presented to an engineer whose lifetime contributions have advanced the power industry in the Upper Midwest.

Metzger, a Rock Rapids, IA native, graduated from the electrical engineering program at South Dakota State University in 1986 and joined DGR as a design engineer. He rose through the ranks and served as DGR’s electrical power group department head from 2002 to 2010, when he was appointed company president.

Metzger was nominated for the Knabach Award by Chad Rasmussen, assistant electrical power group department head at DGR.

He wrote, “Over the course of his career, Blair’s focus has been on providing services to municipal utilities … Blair’s commitment to municipal electrical engineering was instrumental in expanding DGR’s service territory to include many Minnesota municipal utility clients. He is an expert in power supply and rate making issues in the Upper Midwest, assisting many clients with his rate development expertise.”

Through his 36-year career at DGR, Metzger has worked with scores of communities, mostly smaller ones, in Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska.

DGR, founded in 1952, has 150 employees with offices in Rock Rapids, Sioux Falls and Sioux City, Iowa, and specializes in aviation, civil, electrical power, survey, wastewater and water engineering. Since 2014, it has received the Circle of Excellence for overall engineering performance by PSMJ Resources, a leading management consulting firm for architecture and engineering firms.

The Center for Power Systems Studies is housed within the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering at South Dakota State and has been an advocate for the power industry and a supporter of future power engineers since its formation in 1968.


New Sioux Falls Office Building Now Open

October 6, 2022

DGR Engineering’s growing Sioux Falls staff has made the move from their previous office building on 57th Street to the new office at 1300 S Highline Ave., at Dawley Farms near Veteran’s Parkway and 26th Street.

DGR Engineering opened its first Sioux Falls office in 1973 to serve the Sioux Falls area and other South Dakota clients. Due to substantial growth in recent years, the previous office building, located at 57th Street and Southeastern Avenue, was no longer adequate for the growing staff. The new 16,000-square-foot office building allows DGR Engineering to continue to grow staff and expand services by more than doubling its office space.

“We are excited to be in a position to need additional space,” said Trent Bruce, Vice President/Sioux Falls Office Manager, DGR Engineering. “We are thankful for our many clients in the region that have favored us with the opportunity to work with them on their projects, which has led to a steady growth in our employee numbers.”
Long-standing Sioux Falls area companies contributed services to the new office building, including Legacy Development & Consulting Company, LLC; Hoogendoorn Construction; and Architecture Incorporated.

“Continuing our growth as a company by constructing new office space for future additions to our team in Sioux Falls will allow us to continue to provide trusted professional solutions to meet our clients’ needs”, added Bruce.


South Dakota Municipal League Annual Conference – October 4-7

September 30, 2022