We are pleased to introduce you to our new superintendent, Andy Cooper. Andy has joined the Dicon team with more than 17 years of experience as superintendent and project manager. He has extensive experience in construction project management, scheduling, and estimating across industrial, office, recreational, retail, educational, government, and multi-family sectors. Andy is a leader and is responsible for the development and coordination of the project management team to ensure the client receives the highest quality of service.
As each job brings its challenges, being able to figure out solutions and problem solving is Andy’s favorite part of construction. Andy also enjoys the reactions of people at the end of a project when they see the finished product for the first time. Being able to see what has been accomplished by all involved in the project is the ultimate reward.
Outside of work, Andy enjoys hunting and fishing, playing sports with his three sons, working on cars and shooting his bow.
We are pleased to introduce Patrick Mason who has joined Dicon as our new director of business development. Patrick has over 12 years of experience in sales and marketing, business development, and operations with a track record of building and maintaining relationships that yield multi-million dollar clients.
Patrick graduated from Bellevue University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is an excellent new asset to the Dicon team.
We’d like to introduce you to our new Senior Project Manager, Regan Zeller. Regan joined the Dicon team in March with more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry. He has extensive experience in construction project management, scheduling, and estimating across industrial, office, recreational, retail, educational, government, and multi-family sectors. Regan is a leader and is responsible for the development and coordination of the project management team to ensure the client receives the highest quality of service.
Regan’s favorite part of construction is bringing a project from the client’s initial idea through to a vibrant, living facility where they can realize the full potential of their vision.
Regan is involved in the REACH Advisory Committee and REACH-GC Collaborative Committee. He enjoys woodworking, cheering on the Huskers, camping, fishing and spending time with his family.
Dicon recently completed the Limelight Apartments, revamping the Omaha’s downtown! Check out some interior footage and what the owners have to say about the project! You can also learn more about the Limelight Apartment project here.
This March Dicon will start constructing a hotel and retail center in Aksarben on 72nd and Poppleton Ave. This development will include a 102- room Hampton Inn and a two-story Aksarben Center.
With the collaboration of the ACCESS Commercial development team and MH Hospitality, Dicon will start vertical construction of the Aksarben Center and Hampton Inn within the next 60 days.
Darren Hicks, Principal of the development team said, “We are extremely excited to bring the Hampton Inn on line for 2015, and believe we have a durable competitive advantage by matching the Hampton Inn brand with this location.”
This project will be located on 72nd street and Poppleton Ave, one block south of Pacific Street.
The development includes a four-story, 102-room Hampton Inn and a two-story mixed use building. The Center’s retail tenants will include a Starbucks, Jersey Mike’s and Radioshack. The second floor of the building will consist of 12,000 square feet of office space.
“We are very excited to be working with long time clients Access and MH again on what is sure to be a very successful project,” said Royce Maynard, President of Dicon.
Dicon is proud to have built the CO2 Omaha apartments which was recently awarded the 2013 AIA Nebraska Honor Award. This was a complex project, with sophisticated architectural structure as well as the intricacies that come with LEED projects (certification pending). Our congratulations goes out to the architecture firm, RDG Planning and Design, and the owner, CO2 Properties. It was a pleasure helping you create this Omaha landmark.
CO2 Omaha is a 35,700 S.F. 4 story, 9 unit apartment building with underground parking. The first floor of the building also includes Echo Coffee Shop and a community room. There are five-one bedroom and three-two bedroom apartments in addition to the penthouse which occupies the entire 4th floor. See more pictures of C02 here.
Jury Comments: A compositionally dynamic scheme with well integrated relationships between building and site. The building exhibits urban fortitude and acts as a good model for dense residential development.
Dicon would like to announce that Eric Sorensen has joined Dicon as the Director of Operations to better serve our growing client base. Eric will manage the day-to-day operations of all construction projects by providing direction, leadership and guidance to all construction staff including Project Managers and Superintendents.
He will be bringing us 15 years of experience and knowledge in contracting work. Well rounded, with expertise as a superintendent, estimator, project manager, project developer, construction manager and business developer, Eric is an excellent new asset to our team. He holds an ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate, a Master Plumbing License, a Medical Gas Systems Installer Certification as well as an HVAC/Refrigeration Certification.
The recently renovated Barker building provides optimal apartments in Downtown Omaha. The new Barker residents are excited about the growing neighborhood and ideal location. Read the complete article here.
Photo: Chris Machian/The World-Herald via Omaha.com
Join the developers and dignitaries as we celebrate the start of construction at The District, a new mixed-use building that will renovate and expand the old Lerner Shops. When The District opens in summer 2014, it will change the face of historic 16th Street.
We’re excited to welcome new client Student Transportation of America to the Dicon team! Student transportation of America (STA) is North America’s third-largest and most progressive provider of school bus transportation services, operating more than 9,000 vehicles in over 200 school districts. $25 million contract was won by STA in February to serve Omaha Public and Millard Public Schools. More than 500 local drivers have been hired and STA is rolling out a new fleet of eco-friendly buses that run on liquid propane gas for the districts.
Dicon was hired to perform design-build services for an 8.5 acre bus maintenance facility. The maintenance building will house dispatch, office functions, and driver amenities as well as standard bus maintenance functions. This facility will be located at 6162 Abbot drive and will service 200-225 school buses.
Please join us and local/state officials for the STA Open House this evening from 4:00-7:00 pm with the official ribbon cutting at 6:00 pm. The open house will be at STA’s main Omaha office on 5402 L Street.
Employee Spotlight interview: Dawn McPherson – Accounting Manager
When did you start your Dicon career? March 13, 2007
What do you do – in your own words? Accounting, payroll, human resources, and a LOT of miscellaneous items for the office.
Favorite part of working here? Without a doubt, all the people that I work with, Dicon employees, as well as subcontractors.
Are you originally from Omaha? If not, how did you end up here and why did you stay? I was born and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa and moved here to Omaha when I got married. I think that in itself explains why I stayed.
Do you have any hobbies? Concerts, I love my concerts!
What’s your favorite local restaurant? I have pretty simple taste. Applebee’s or Olive Garden are top choices for me.
Who’s your team (ie: baseball/football)? If I had to choose a team it would be the Green Bay Packers, but I would much rather go to an NHRA drag race.
How do you like to spend your free time? I love spending time with my grandchildren!
Tell us about your family? Kenny and I have been married for 18 years. Collectively we have 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and our baby Bella – our Pomeranian. We also have an inherited cat, Taz, from my mother.
If you could have ONE superpower – what would it be and why? The ability to time travel – it would be great to go back and see loved ones that are now gone and hopefully erase a few mistakes along the way – and possibly be able to see what the future holds!
“Dicon Corporation has achieved the Safest Company Award for 2009-2013,” said Chuck Downey, President/CEO of the National Safety Council, Greater Omaha Chapter. “They have undergone an extensive review by the Chapter’s Safest Companies Committee made up of safety professionals representing a broad variety of industries and safety disciplines. Taken into consideration in designation of the award were the performance, results and achievements of Dicon Corporations workplace safety program.”
“We take safety very seriously at Dicon” said Royce Maynard, President of Dicon Corporation. “This award symbolizes our employee’s hard work and dedication in maintaining Dicon as one of the safest companies to work for in Omaha. We have increased our standing with the Safety Council award each year and are very proud of our employees”.
About the National Safety Council, Greater Omaha Chapter
Founded in 1924, the National Safety Council, Greater Omaha Chapter is a private non-profit, community based organization that promotes safety and health by providing programs, resource services and education to individuals and organizations to prevent both the personal and economic loss associated with injuries, accidents and health hazards wherever they exist. Under the leadership of the National Safety Council, Greater Omaha Chapter, the greater Omaha metro area was recently designated a safe community by the United Nation’s World Health Organization.
Here’s another Employee Spotlight interview: Cade Pearson – Chief Estimator
When did you start your Dicon career? November 2012.
What do you do – in your own words? I oversee all estimates and budgets for the company.
Favorite part of working here? We have a great culture of talented and hardworking individuals that also know how to enjoy life.
Are you originally from Omaha? If not, how did you end up here and why did you stay? Not originally from Omaha. My wife, who is an Omaha native likes to say that I am the one that drug her back to Omaha. We have stayed because Omaha is a great place to live and seems to have a group for every interest.
Do you have any hobbies? Current hobbies are any type of endurance sporting events especially ultra marathons.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? I am recently addicted to the Localmotive food truck. Great locally sourced ingredients out of a greasy restaurant on wheels. What could be better?
Who’s your team (ie: baseball/football)? Oklahoma State Cowboys – hope to see the baseball team make it back to Omaha this year.
How do you like to spend your free time? I don’t really have free time because I am always swimming, biking, or running. Sometimes I feel like Forrest Gump. When I do get away, I really enjoy fishing. Seems to be a sad pattern here!
Tell us about your family? We have a huge family. My wife Molly. Dogs – Tuff, Logan, Madeline, D’Weasel. Cats – Smooties, Truman, Brownie, Mittens. Horses – Ibn, Smurf, and Isenhauer.
If you could have ONE superpower – what would it be and why? I would love to be able to bust through walls like they were not there. Why – to get to the other side!
We’re proud to announce the completion of CO2 Omaha!
CO2 Omaha is a 35,700 S.F. 4story, 9 unit apartment building with underground parking. The first floor of the building also includes Echo Coffee Shop (open to the public) and a community room. There are five-one bedroom and three-two bedroom apartments in addition to the penthouse which occupies the entire 4th floor.
For historical building progress photos – please visit us on facebook!
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend one of our city’s most influential events – Big Omaha. A two-day technology and entrepreneur conference dedicated to inspiring innovators. 2013 marked Big Omaha’s five year anniversary with over 600 attendees from all over the country and filled the recently renovated KANEKO for the event.
Big Omaha 2013:
Event creators Jeff Slobotski and Dusty Davidson are also Co-Founders of Silicon Prairie News, a local Omaha start-up. They collaborated together to bring in individual participants as well as talented speakers. For me personally, one of the biggest benefits was the ability to network with others in the region and nationally during this event. It was an amazing collection of people who were attracted to the energy from this incredible experience.
The highlight this year for me was Marc Ecko, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Marc Ecko Enterprises. He shared his ten rules of business, which he created from The Notorious B.I.G.’s song “ten Crack Commandments”. Full article link here.
It was one of the most creative presentations I’ve seen, being entertaining and informative.
Bottom line, this is a great event for our city and should be supported and attended by all our local businesses whether you’re a start-up or long-time Omaha company.
Here’s our first Employee Spotlight interview: Lance Hooper – estimator
When did you start your Dicon career? October 17th, 2011.
What do you do – in your own words? When I’m not busy boosting company moral and guarding the exotic milk fridge, I dabble in putting estimates together.
Favorite part of working here? My favorite part of working for Dicon is the relaxed atmosphere. We know how to get the job done, but have a blast while doing it. The office crew is always up for joking around, even if they don’t get it.
Are you originally from Omaha? If not, how did you end up here and why did you stay? Yes, both sides of my family history have been in Omaha since the beginning of time it seems. Having everyone in town is great, but has its obvious cons.
Do you have any hobbies? Since Andy was born October 25th my hobbies have taken a backseat. However, when I do get a chance I do enjoy video games. It’s really more of an adult thing these days. I also like to tinker with anything and everything tech related. It’s always good to keep up with where technology is going, but it moves fast. Once the weather breaks I love to get out on the golf course and bike ride.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? This is always a trick question for me, especially on my birthday when I get to pick. I simply like good food, and Omaha is a great place for exactly that. So really it depends on what I’m in the mood for. I do like BBQ if that counts as an answer.
Who’s your team (ie: baseball/football)? UNO Maverick Hockey! It’s hard to have a “team” being from Omaha. If we are talking pro sports I’m all over the map. Detroit Lions, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Blackhawks, basketball doesn’t count.
How do you like to spend your free time? Refer to tell us about your family.
Tell us about your family? Sara and I have been together for about 9 years. We got married June 18th 2011. It’s pretty recent so I haven’t forgotten. As previously mentioned our son, Anderson Ryan, was born October 25th, 2012. It is certainly a life change, but we are having a blast.
If you could have ONE superpower – what would it be and why? Right now, that would have to be the ability to duplicate myself like Multiple Man of the XMEN. Then I could be in as many places at once as I wanted, and be that much more productive
We want to thank all our friends, clients, and partners who helped us launch our new website! It was great to see everyone and network on a Friday afternoon. Doing business in Omaha, is all about relationships and we are thankful for the great network Dicon has built between companies and individuals.
Thank you again for sharing our exciting news and helping us launch our new website! Stop by anytime!
Welcome to our new website – designed by Turnpost and our brand new blog! We’re excited to share a wide variety of topics with you in the coming months. We want this to be a resource for you as well as an insight to what we do here at Dicon and what sets us apart from the pack.
Our new website features most notably a brand new look! We’re excited for this facelift but also you will notice our increased attention to social media, a news feed – featuring articles relevant to Omaha, Dicon, and current projects, also please visit our new project pages highlighting past Dicon work experience. Our new webpage is responsive and mobile friendly – now you can get information on the go with iphone and ipad! We certainly believe you will enjoy these new features and our new look!
An open house today will launch the remodeling phase of the 48-apartment Barker Building at 15th and Farnam Streets. Two main commercial tenants – Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe and Alegent Creighton Clinic – are to be announced.
Downtown Omaha, Inc. (DOI) has recognized L14 Flats development as a key improvement of the downtown Omaha area. America First Real Estate Group along with Dicon and Holland Bashum, will be awarded the Economic Development Award from DOI. This award recognizes outstanding developments that have greatly impacted the economic vitality of the downtown Omaha area. L14 Flats sits on a corner lot, with primary entry off the corner of 14th and Leavenworth streets. The 42-unit project includes a parking garage with secured access off 14th Street, decks above the front entry on levels three and four; and a large courtyard off the second level for residents and guests. The building is designed to follow the City of Omaha’s Design Guidelines for an “Area of Civic Importance” (ACI) designation. This was a great effort by an outstanding team.