Humans of DBR: Dan Milgrim I Tinkerer

Name: Kevin Dan Milgrim (Just call me Dan) A.K.A Tinkerer

DBR Title: Director of Science & Technology

Office: Dallas, Texas

Hometown: Frankston, Texas

DSCN8612.JPG
" When I have the chance to spend time on a project in my workshop, the hours just slip by. Whether it's working on a cabinet, fixing a broken tool, restoring an old motorcycle or building a toy, the hours just glide by without notice. "

Before working at DBR, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I was an Engineering Manager for the WETF (Weapons Engineering Tritium Facility) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Very high levels of security. Very secret work. Fascinating history and technical challenges.

How do you define success?
I think success can be achieved in many ways. Being respected in your chosen field of endeavor is the best kind of success.

What did you want to be when growing up?
I always wanted to be an Engineer! My Dad and both my brothers worked in construction. Being around that and working with them during the summers and so forth, made me really appreciate what an education could do for me and I was always intrigued by how things worked and were put together. 

What is the first concert you attended?
This will date me for sure! I went to a "Nitty Gritty Dirt Band" concert my junior year in high school. The warm up act was a little-known comedian who wore a white suit and had a joke arrow sticking out of his head... his name was Steve Martin.

What book did you read last?
I read the Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov. I have always been a Sci-Fi fan, but I had never read those three. You can see a lot more elements of more modern science fiction in them, from Star Trek to Star Wars!

What is the weirdest job you've ever had?
I once worked at a turkey hatchery. We put fertile turkey eggs in incubator ovens and kept them at constant temperature and humidity until they hatched into chicks. We then pulled them out and sent them to farms. 

Where were you born?
I was born in Yuma, Arizona. 

Research Laboratory Classifications: A Design Requirement Guide

Research Laboratory Classifications: A Design Requirement Guide

When your client asks you how he or she should classify the new labortary space they are designing, how do you answer? Beyond the broad brush of wet chemistry, dry physics and electronics, or biology, is there more criteria available to identify the lab type?

Growth in the Hill Country

Growth in the Hill Country

DBR’s experience in higher education began in 1988 when the firm was tasked with the renovation design for University of Houston’s John M. O’Quinn Law Library and Moody Towers. After almost 30 years of successfully producing over 500 higher education projects within the Greater Houston and College Station area, DBR continues to expand and solidify its footprint in the thriving Texas Hill Country.

DBR Milestone: 45 Years of Distinction

DBR Milestone: 45 Years of Distinction

With a small office on Mercer Street in Houston, David W. Day began DBR Engineering Consultants, Inc. in 1972, with one employee, his wife, who worked as the company’s bookkeeper. Today, DBR employs more than 120 employees throughout seven offices and works on multi-discipline engineering projects throughout Texas. The firm earned $18 million in revenue in 2016, appearing on Houston Business Journal’s Fast 100 and San Antonio Business Journal’s Fast Track rankings.

LEED v4 Has Arrived: What You Need to Know

LEED v4 Has Arrived: What You Need to Know

After three previous extensions, LEED v4 officially took effect November 1, 2016, ensuring all projects are registered under the LEED v4 rating system. In the time since LEED 2012 was originally scheduled to roll out as a required standard, the building industry and code has had a chance to catch up to the high expectations of LEED v4 making certification less daunting.