Our Culture:

At DLZ, our culture is unique among other firms in our field.  We are progressive and innovative, with an “un-corporate” feel.  We focus on our people first!  Our diverse, collaborative environment allows everyone to be a part of a team in achieving project goals. We are client-focused and place a high value on innovation. Individuals are recognized and rewarded for their contributions to the company’s success.

Like our large national competitors, our staff has opportunities to collaborate on enormous projects that positively impact the communities we serve.  Unlike the massive global firms, however, Our employees are not just a number – they are valued members of our award winning family.  We have a fun and productive work environment, providing employees with the opportunity to work on challenging projects.  We value continuing education and advanced career development and encourage employees to participate in professional, technical and civic organizations.

Our culture is built upon our Chairman and Founder’s Six Principles Business Model:

  • Growth –Continual growth offers superior opportunities to serve our clients, and provides security, stability, and enhanced advancement opportunities for our employees.
  • Marketing – DLZ employees are representatives in the community!  Fostering positive relationships with our clients and prospective clients is critical to our success.  We start by hiring great people then ensure they know how to develop great client relationships to better promote themselves and DLZ services.
  • Quality –We focus on bringing in top talent and developing their skills to deliver successful projects every time—the right solutions, on time and on budget!
  • Profit –We are not naïve.  We know profit is necessary to fund future growth; to supply the leading-edge technologies, professional development and critical resources necessary to be a leader in our industry.
  • Compassion – Our reputation is dependent upon the personal and professional success of our employees.  We are committed to treating our employees and clients with compassion and respect.
  • Safety – We understand safety is not an individual choice but a lifelong value.  Safety impacts every aspect of our lives and the successful completion of our projects.


DLZ is a multidisciplinary firm providing services to a wide range of market sectors including: local governments/agencies, state and federal governments, education, energy, criminal justice and the private sector.

Just some of the services we provide:

  • Transportation / Traffic Engineering
  • Architecture / Building Engineering / Landscape Architecture
  • Water / Wastewater Engineering
  • Surveying / GIS Services
  • Geotechnical /Subsurface Investigation
  • Construction Management / Testing Services
  • Environmental and Decommissioning / Demolition Services
  • Renewal Energy Services


  • Ohio:  Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo
  • Michigan :  Detroit, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Melvindale, Saint Joseph
  • Indiana:  Burns Harbor, Fort Wayne, Hammond, Indianapolis, South Bend
  • Illinois:  Chicago, Joliet
  • Kentucky:  Frankfort, Louisville
  • Pennsylvania:  Pittsburgh
  • Wisconsin:  Madison