Founded in August 2006 by Robert Benson and Eduardo Guzman; an engineer and an architect who understood that high-performance could only be achieved by applying fully integrated multidisciplinary design, construction and maintenance expertise to every project. Together, they took a chance on this concept. After leaving their previous design firms, they moved to Camden, New Jersey, renting a space in the Rutgers University Business School’s Small Business Incubator to pursue their dream company. The world as DCM knew it though, collapsed in 2008 in the midst of the financial crisis. By early 2009, our staff had been reduced to zero and the partners had virtually lost their life savings. Eduardo and Robert decided to close the company and file for bankruptcy but were persuaded by their accountant to keep trying; they committed to giving everything they had to keep the company afloat. At about the same time we obtained our first contract with the Federal Government, a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Our work received rave reviews and the business concept proved to be an effective one.
Since that first federal project, DCM has transformed into a global, award-winning design firm providing services for the federal government, hospitality, mixed-use, not-for-profit, commercial and transportation markets with projects across the continental United States and in over 14 countries.
Today, DCM has over 50 employees and collaborators; offices in three countries and projects on four continents. Our first publication of the past decade’s work is on the presses. Working into the next decade and beyond - DCM will continue to Design, Construct and Maintain buildings that preserve natural resources, decrease waste and have a positive impact on the planet and the people who live, work, learn and play in the buildings entrusted to us.
DCM headquarters has officially relocated to the Old Firehouse No. 6 in Camden, NJ. All projects are managed, controlled and designed in Camden from the firehouse, where we do put out the occasional fire, but mostly coordinate our projects within the Continental United States and around the world.