In 1964, Dimitri Ververelli was compelled to go into the consulting engineering business under his own name. Jim, as many people came to know him, was a man who was willing to take chances, great leaps of faith, in order to do the extraordinary. Chance can be defined as, “an opportunity to do or achieve something”. Jim seized the opportunity to go out on his own, cultivating clients and a reputation based on quality, detail-oriented work. 50 years later, his son, John Ververelli continues to lead the company with the same dedication.
Upon completion of his Masters of Science in Mechnical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1950, Jim went on to work for Smith, Hinchman & Grylls in Detroit, MI, known today as SmithGroupJJR. One of the first projects he worked on was the GM Technical Center in Warren, MI, which is still in operation today. After meeting the love of his life, Jim found himself in Philadelphia, PA where he began working for Moody & Hutchinson (known today as Wick Fisher White). After tenures at both the Kuljian Corporation and George M. Ewing Co. (the foundation for today’s EwingCole), Jim established Dimitri J. Ververelli, Inc (DJVI) in 1964.
New projects and clients came in and office spaces changed from 16th & JFK Boulevard to the Lewis Tower Building and in 1987, to 211 N. 13th Street, DJVI’s current location. John Ververelli joined the business in 1985 and became President in 1995.
Under John’s leadership, some of DJVI’s current clients are those that the company started out with – a testament to how valued client relationships are to the firm. The DJVI portfolio is filled with notable work from industrial and commercial projects, petro-chemical and pharmaceutical research facilities, K-12 and higher education institutions, central plant projects, national and international corporate headquarters, and historical preservation projects.
As we look to the future, we invite you to learn more about our work, services and our firm and how proud we are of the last 50 years.