Innovation Solves Today’s Transportation Needs

We are a transportation planning and transportation engineering firm that uses technology and innovation to advance integrated, functional, and implementable solutions that meet the transportation challenges our cities are facing in the 21st century. We work with clients and communities to meet our cities enhanced mobility needs by providing quality planning, design, and operations services.
We are experts connecting communities.

Our Culture

As leaders in innovation, we focus on results that ensure our transportation systems serve all members of the community, including those who walk, bike, take transit, drive, or transport goods. Our life’s work helps to build safer and more efficient communities that offer a myriad of transportation choices for all.

Our Values

  • Quality: We are resolute in our pursuit of technical excellence, integrity, and quality.

  • Client Satisfaction: Our work depends on our ability to understand our client’s needs, be responsive, and provide services that exceed expectations.

  • Collaboration: As one company, we are a transparent organization where our staff members openly communicate, provide mentoring, and work collectively to meet our clients’ needs.

 

  • Innovation and Expertise: We continuously aspire to greatness and growth through passion, accomplishment, and a shared vision of the future of transportation.

  • Opportunity: We seek challenging work and invest in the continuous improvement of our people to advance the next generation of leadership, ensuring the financial stability and longevity of our firm.

  • Positive Work Environment: As dynamic leaders in the transportation industry, our employees are our greatest asset.

Our Leadership

As an employee-owned company, everyone at DKS shares responsibility in leading our firm to success. Our leaders ignite passion, authenticity, quality, and trust in all DKS staff. We attract, invest in, and retain the best professionals in the industry and create a rewarding work environment.

Our History

  • 1979

    The name DKS is developed by the six founding partners in Oakland, CA, whose last names included two Ds, two Ks, and two Ss—Chuck DeLeuw, Bill Dietrich, Mike Kennedy, Hans Korve, Dan Smith, and Rich Sauve.

  • 1985

    DKS is selected to lead the traffic engineering design and transit priority project for Long Beach Los Angeles Blue Line LRT, the first LRT line in the LA Metro area.

  • 1989

    John Long relocates from the Oakland office to open a Sacramento office. Key clients include the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, the City of Sacramento, the County of Sacramento, and Caltrans.

  • 1990

    Randy McCourt and Peter Coffey move from Oakland to open the first non-California office in Portland, Oregon.

  • 1995

    Jerry Wentzel joins DKS and opens the Tampa, Florida office, establishing a long-standing relationship with the Florida Department of Transportation.

  • 1999

    Chris Long moves from the Oakland office to start the Puget Sound office after winning the Seattle Central Link LRT Final Traffic Engineering project with Sound Transit. The project continued for over ten years through construction and operations of LRT out of downtown along Martin Luther King Boulevard to Tukwila.

  • 2005

    DKS wins the DART/City of Dallas Downtown LRT Traffic Signal System project and opens its Texas office.

  • 2008

    Scott Mansur moves from the Portland office to open the Salem office, expanding the firm’s work with the City of Salem, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and Marion County.

  • 2011

    DKS becomes a 100% employee-owned corporation as an S-Corp ESOP.

  • 2015

    DKS hires Adrian Pearmine as the National Director for Smart Cities and Connected Vehicles and Jim Daisa as a Practice Leader specializing in Complete Streets

Awards and Recognition

We strive for excellence not just for its own sake but for the impact it has on our communities.

awards

  • 2015 Best of ITS Award: OR 217 Active Traffic Management (ATM) Project, OR
  • 2015 ACEC Oregon Engineering Excellence Awards: OR 217 ATM Project and the Westside Freight Access and Logistics Analysis, OR
  • 2015 WTS Oregon Innovative Project of the Year: ODOT RealTime Program, OR
  • 2014 ASLA Merit Award for Planning: Willamette Falls Legacy Project, OR
  • 2014 PTV Conference: Sai Sirandas and Randy Johnson received the Best Abstract Award for their presentation on "A Multi-Resolution Modeling Approach for Supporting Bus Rapid Transit Design"
  • 2014 Orange County Transportation Planning APA Merit Award: Buena Park Beach Boulevard Multimodal Mobility Project, CA
  • 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission: David Mahama receives award for Arterial Operations Committee Chairmanship
  • 2013 FHWA National Safety Award: Bill Loudon recognized for extraordinary achievement by individuals working to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on the nation’s roadways
  • 2013 APWA Merit Award: Mecca Roundabout Street Improvement, Riverside County, CA
  • 2013 ACEC Honor Award: South Auditorium District Lighting, Portland, OR

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