Civil Engineering Firm DRMP Finds a Home in Gainesville’s Innovation District3 years ago
Gainesville, Fla: DRMP, an Orlando-based engineering firm, recently relocated their Gainesville branch to the bustling Gainesville Innovation District because of its amenities and energizing environment.
Established in 2005, DRMP’s Gainesville branch boasts 15 years of tackling projects for the local community including spearheading projects for the cities, counties, municipalities and educational institutions in the North Central Florida area.
In an exciting relocation, DRMP moved from its former location off of Tower Road into a 2,397-square-foot office space at 706 SW Fourth Ave. The modern, free-standing building is located in the heart of the Innovation District near restaurants and other cutting-edge companies. The new location is located in closer proximity to the city’s central business district, providing more opportunities for DRMP and its Gainesville branch employees. In addition, DRMP is now situated closer to the city’s offices downtown, which is an entity the firm collaborates with regularly.
According to John Gilreath, office leader for the Gainesville branch, being part of the district is one way the company can align more with their goals to enhance the infrastructure of the community.
“It’s so wonderful to see the Innovation District and this area take off,” he said.
Founded in 1977, DRMP began as a joint effort between engineers and surveyors with the intention to develop a full-service firm designed to help clients attain unique and collaborative solutions to their needs, according to their website. The company has become one of the largest civil engineering firms headquartered in central Florida.
The Gainesville branch is one of 17 offices spanning the states of Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. In general, the company offers services such as civil engineering, geographic information systems (GIS), construction engineering inspection (CEI), design-build services, ecological services, surveying and much more. What sets apart this branch is its offering of innovative engineering services and GIS for asset management and strategic planning for large agencies and institutions throughout the Southeastern U.S.
At the local level, the Gainesville branch is currently wrapping up construction for redevelopment projects at North Side Park, according to Gilreath. The branch is also beginning work on a redevelopment project at an elementary school. Gilreath shared the branch wants to be included in the shaping of the area through infrastructure projects such as the development of “schools, parks, trails and roads.”
“We like to the build the character of the community,” Gilreath said.
Local developer Trimark Properties, which owns and manages DRMP’s new office building, is one of the companies working to develop the rapidly growing business district in an effort to promote an influx of change makers and innovators to enter the Gainesville business scene. John Fleming, managing partner of Trimark Properties, shared his thoughts on the firm’s recent relocation.
“We are seeing more and more companies move to the District because of its opportune location,” Fleming said. “We are excited to welcome DRMP to the district where they can continue their positive work with the community.”
Gilreath expressed how the move to Gainesville’s Innovation District enhances the work the company does for the local area and described the lively area as full of “synergy.” The space offers more privacy and individual space for each employee. In the Gainesville office, there are over a dozen employees. Overall, the company employs over 500 individuals.
For DRMP, it is about providing stellar service to “help build this fast-growing region.” Gilreath reinforced the idea that moving the branch to the Innovation District furthers the company’s goal of being part of the community and helping it grow.
“It’s changing the face of our city,” Gilreath said. Adding on, “So, we are excited to be a part of that growth.”