DRG Secures DISD Contract Through Joint Venture
Dallas-based Diversity Resources Group (DRG) announced it has secured a contract to provide roofing services on an upcoming Dallas Independent School District (DISD) project in concert with its joint venture partner Joe Funk Construction. The project begins is slated to begin in August, 2016 and will feature installation of a modified bitumen roof system.
A leader in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area commercial construction industry since 1956, the relationship with Joe Funk Construction creates a self performance model by which DRG acts as a team player to oversee projects while self-performing their particular trade. In turn, DRG helps bring Joe Funk’s expertise to the national stage. “Our joint venture with Joe Funk Construction exemplifies how companies with synergy offer value not only to each other, but to the customer as well. We’re excited to bring that value proposition to this DISD project,” said Diversity Resources Group President Wayne T. Lawrence.
Combining DRG’s national reach with Joe Funk’s vast expertise and experience was a partnership waiting to happen. DRG President and Director of Strategic Sourcing Wayne T. Lawrence says the value of the relationship is about building capacity. “Too many times these relationships are formed to meet MBE requirements and usually result in no sustainable model. Once the job is completed, the Majority firm moves on and the MBE accomplished no real growth. This joint venture allows us take on larger jobs while promoting diversity,” said Lawrence.
Joe Funk is a member of the Texas HUB mentor protege program, and the joint venture will see the creation of a local internship program for African American high school students within DISD. The program, dubbed Funk n’ Diversity Summer Intern Program, will allow DISD youth to get a head start regarding the in’s and out’s of the work force, offering valuable preparation for future job opportunities and promoting greater diversity within the commercial roofing sector.
About Joe Funk Construction
Founded in 1956 by Joe Funk and his wife, Byrna, Joe Funk Construction was incorporated in 1965. This Dallas-based company continues to operate successfully as a General Contractor building on its strong reputation for excellence, quality work and customer satisfaction. Numerous well-known projects throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex showcase the firm’s talents, diversity in expertise and stability. A strong foundation was established early on by the values and work ethic demonstrated by Joe and Byrna Funk. These values of quality, integrity and personal care continue to have a major influence on the business conduct and people associated with the firm today.
About Dallas Independent School District
The Dallas Independent School District sits in the heart of a large, diverse and dynamic region with a metropolitan population of 6.5 million people in the 12 counties in North Central Texas. Dallas ISD comprises 384 square miles and encompasses the cities of Dallas, Cockrell Hill, Seagoville, Addison, Wilmer and parts of Carrollton, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Farmers Branch, Garland, Grand Prairie, Highland Park, Hutchins, Lancaster and Mesquite. The district is the second-largest public school district in the state, and the 14th-largest district in the nation.
Diversity Resources Group is a minority construction management firm with the largest minority-controlled roofing network in the nation. DRG boasts an in-house workforce of Project Managers, Project Estimators, Quality Control Managers, Safety Managers, and LEED Certified staff. Serving clients nationwide, Diversity Resources Group offers an integrated approach to commercial roofing services, including delivery of state-of-the-art weather monitoring technology.
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