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15 Years of JE Dunn’s Springfield Office

Established with the same values and culture that has grown JE Dunn over the last 99 years, the Springfield office is celebrating its 15-year anniversary since opening a permanent office in 2008. With nine full time employees, the local office has built both meaningful relationships and projects in the Springfield area. Read the following Q&A to learn from a few of our team members on how their passion and dedication to building within their community has grown over the last 15 years.

David Atkisson | Springfield Office Leader

Q: What are the positive impacts you have seen throughout the community since there has been a JE Dunn office located in Springfield?

A: “While JE Dunn has been delivering projects through a collaborative construction manager delivery method for decades (vs. the “hard bid” general contractor method), the CM approach has only gotten significant traction in Springfield within the past decade. JE Dunn has been a leader in helping our clients and design partners see and experience the advantages this team approach can provide. During my time at JE Dunn, we have seen the clients and architects begin to embrace this collaborative approach, and it is improving the design and construction industry in our region.”

Q: What challenges have you faced while pursuing the Springfield market? And how did you overcome them?

A: “A lot of people in Springfield know about JE Dunn because of the large, complex projects our team has been part of in SW MO or because they are familiar with our work in larger markets across the country. As a result, some have a perception that we only do very large projects. Others haven’t worked with JE Dunn yet and don’t know what our team’s strengths are or know what differentiates us, and therefore may not realize what we are capable of. Because we have a local office in Springfield with a team that has been working here for over 15 years, coupled with the expertise and capabilities our national footprint offers, JE Dunn can serve clients on projects of all sizes. I love being able to bring all the resources and capabilities of JE Dunn to Springfield and the SW MO region.”

Q: What are you most excited for while continuing work in Springfield?

A: “Springfield is the fastest growing metro in Missouri with exciting projects currently underway and many more in the pipeline that will have great impact on our community’s quality of life and economic strength. It’s already a great place to live, but what is in the works will greatly impact our region’s ability to attract and retain talent, providing even more opportunities to develop our JE Dunn team as our client base and region continue to grow.”

Justin Shorter | Superintendent

Q: What has been your favorite JE Dunn project that you have worked on in Springfield? and why?

A: “The Greene County Jail and Sheriff’s Office was probably my favorite. Everyone on this project always had the mindset of doing what is best for Greene County. The team had open communication and collaboration which made a tough project enjoyable.”  

Q: What are you most excited for while continuing work in the Springfield area?

A: “To get started on the new hospital expansion project for CMH in Boliver.”

John Mann | Superintendent

Q: What has been your favorite JE Dunn project that you have worked on in Springfield? and why?

A: “JQH Arena. It was a significant sized project for Springfield, fast paced, seemed like new unforeseen challenges almost daily, and it was for my alma mater.”

Q: What about the Springfield community makes you excited to pursue projects?

A: “The Springfield community is home for my family. I like the feel of a small town even though it’s not that small. Much smaller than the Kansas City area that I grew up in though.”

Q: What challenges have you faced while pursuing the Springfield market? And how did you overcome them? 

A: “Mostly budget. We are typically more expensive in general than the smaller contractors in the area. However, we are the best and most experienced. As long as that is our focus we can prevail.”

John Mann
Superintendent
Justin Shorter
Superintendent
David Atkisson
Office Leader
Springfield

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