Welcome to DLZ! We are experts at providing solutions to your engineering, architectural, and construction services needs. Named Design Firm of the Year by Engineering News-Record Midwest, we are known for our competence, integrity, and contributions to the people and communities we serve.

Our multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to professional services allows us to build and lead successful project teams that are dedicated to providing solutions that save money, improve operations, and solve problems. Our vision is simple: Create successful partnerships with our clients that facilitate trust, commitment, and communication.


Sustainability is an integral part of the DLZ culture. We recognize the importance of conserving our natural resources and strive to consistently minimize the company’s environmental footprint. Across each of our offices, we recycle and promote a paperless business model, including electronic timesheets, expense reports, and extensive use of document scanning and electronic correspondence.

In addition, we have implemented a state-of-the-art videoconference system, which has significantly reduced travel and helped us lower corresponding greenhouse gases. We use energy and water saving technologies and utilize LEED principles for all office renovations. We utilize green infrastructure where possible to reduce storm water volumes and improve its discharge quality. We also promote a “non-idling” practice for our large vehicle fleet.

Our designers and other professionals, many who are LEED Accredited Professionals, utilize principles of sustainable design to reduce our carbon footprint and minimize the environmental impact associated with our projects. We design projects using LEED design principles and have completed many projects ranging from LEED Certified to LEED Gold. We actively promote renewable energy technology here and abroad, including research and development of minimum impact hydrokinetic technology. We also seek opportunities to restore our environment and to create a new model of sustainable community development.


At DLZ, our clients come first, not external shareholders. The fact that we are a private, family-owned company enables us to provide far superior customer service than our larger publicly traded competitors.  Our ownership structure enables us to invest for the long term without the approval of Wall Street analysts who have no understanding of the needs experienced by the communities we serve. This translates into a far better client experience at DLZ than at other firms.

The DLZ Difference

  • We view every engagement, no matter how small, as a long-term relationship; with 80% of our work being repeat business.
  • 24 Hour Response – Our entire staff is encouraged to provide a response to clients within 24 hours.
  • Project Managers with Resources – Our project managers have the decision-making authority needed to make both them and their projects successful.
  • Less bureaucracy=more success – Our organization chart is only one page, allowing us to respond to our clients’ needs in a quick and decisive manner.
  • More Human Interaction=Less Auto-Attendant Interaction – When you call our office during regular business hours, you will reach a staff member, not a voice prompt.

We exist to serve our clients and to meet their needs. Our employees regularly reinforce a constant focus on client service.


Safety is the foremost aspect of our work and is one of the Chairman’s Six Corporate Values that guide the services we provide our clients. We strive to keep our personnel and those around them safe. DLZ’s employees understand that safety is not an individual choice, but a lifelong value that impacts every project we touch. Our personnel are properly trained to proactively evaluate the working environment and, should the need arise, to react to any challenges we might encounter throughout the day.

Furthermore, our field and office personnel involved in the daily aspects of our projects are OSHA 10-hour trained. Our field personnel and select office personnel have CPR/First Aid training. In addition, our field superintendents, foreman, journeyman, and testing technicians are OSHA 30 Hour trained.

Additional training of select field and office personnel includes the following:

  • OSHA 500-hour
  • OSHA HAZWOPER 40-hour
  • Confined Space Training
  • E-Rail Safe
  • Scissor Lift Training
  • Fixed Scaffolds
  • Client Specific Safety Training

At DLZ, we emphasize safety as a way of life. We conduct daily “toolbox talks” and safety evaluation walk-throughs, pre-job safety analysis walk-throughs, monthly group safety meetings, routine sharing of safety lessons learned, and continuous training programs.

Project Spotlight

CATA East Lansing Transportation Gateway

DLZ was the prime Architecture and Engineering design consultant for the new CATA East Lansing Transportation Gateway in East Lansing, […]