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 variety of transportation options.
Meaningful Difference: We shape a smarter transportation experience.
Expertise: We thrive in solving technically complex transportation challenges.
Client Satisfaction: We actively listen to our clients and partners and respond to them in ways that exceed their expectations.
Opportunity: We create growth opportunities for our employees.
Trustworthy: We honor integrity, honesty and fairness.
Teamwork: We commit to achieving our goals by working as one team.
—Peter Coffey, President
Culture at DKS is of paramount importance to us. Providing a quality work environment with challenging projects for our employee owners to work on is what makes our company great.
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.
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.
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.
Randy McCourt and Peter Coffey move from Oakland to open the first non-California office in Portland, Oregon.
Jerry Wentzel joins DKS and opens the Tampa, Florida office, establishing a long-standing relationship with the Florida Department of Transportation.
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.
DKS wins the DART/City of Dallas Downtown LRT Traffic Signal System project and opens its Texas office.
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.
DKS becomes a 100% employee-owned corporation as an S-Corp ESOP.
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
Past President Randy McCourt receives ITE Lifetime Achievement Award. View the video.
Peter Coffey elected DKS President. Chris Maciejewski transitions to Chief Operating Officer and Jim Peters assumes the role of Chief Business Development Officer. This trio forms DKS’ newly formed Executive Leadership Team.
Awards and Recognition
We strive for excellence not just for its own sake but for the impact it has on our communities.
- 2018 Economic Planning and Development Award of Excellence: American Planning Association California Chapter for the The City of Sacramento's Central City Specific Plan for Economic Planning and Development
- 2018 ASLA Honor Award: Willamette Falls Riverwalk, OR: Kevin Chewuk recognized for his role as Transportation Planner
- 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