In 2020, Drees & Sommer is celebrating the company's 50th anniversary. A review of contemporary history, company history and special projects.
Dedicated lone wolves manage their projects more or less according to their own preferences. Pens, pencils and mechanical typewriters are the tools of choice.
New regional offices in Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Munich
First project offices in Qatar and Saudi Arabia
1970: 3 employees; Sales €0.1m
1980: 30 employees; Sales €3m
1970: Prof. Gerhard Drees and Volker Kuhne found the engineering firm DREES, KUHNE U. PARTNER in Mozartstrasse, Stuttgart.
Using Critical Path Analysis – an innovative method for tracking schedules that is also used successfully by NASA – the three employees are able to better master complex construction processes.
1971: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Sommer joins the company.
1972: APOLLO 17 undertakes the last manned lunar mission to date
1972: Summer Olympics in Munich
1976: Seatbelts become mandatory in Germany
1977/78: Drees & Sommer introduces a powerful program for costing and control of construction costs
1979: Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1980: Move to Lenzhalde in Stuttgart, computerization continues with first in-house computer system
1980: The construction consulting and planning company DS PLAN founded
The company evolves from scheduling to project control services.
Increasing focus on operating costs of buildings. The experts continue to develop cost-efficiency consulting – Drees & Sommer becomes a project management provider.
Simulation for energy optimization of buildings. Planning places greater emphasis on users.
New regional offices in Hamburg and Frankfurt
Sales €20 m
1984: Apple launches the MACINTOSH
Number of contracts from investors increases. Drees & Sommer offers development management as a service element. The company undertakes DM for Potsdamer Platz in Berlin on behalf of Daimler-Benz AG.
Execution models such as General Management and the Building Partner Model largely eliminate chance as a factor, providing clients with the highest possible degree of security.
New regional offices in Berlin, Budapest*, Bucharest*, Dresden, Erfurt, Fujairah*, Leipzig, Milan, and Vienna
1995: WINDOWS 95 launched
1997: DS INFRA CONSULT founded
1998: Expansion of server and network landscape, development of Drees & Summer knowledge management on the intranet.
1998: The movie TITANIC is a massive hit both at the box office and the Oscars
1999: GREEN BUILDINGS – Drees & Sommer develops sustainable, cost-efficient buildings
The Project Communication System (PCS) improves know-how transfer in projects.
New regional offices in Barcelona, Basel, Beijing*, Bremen, Brussels, Doha*, Dubai, Hannover, Istanbul*, Kiel, Kiev*, Copenhagen, Moscow, Munsbach, Nuremberg, Prague*, Shanghai, Sofia*, St. Petersburg, Strasbourg*, Tehran*, Warsaw, and Zurich
Sales €145 m
2004: Angela Merkel becomes Federal Chancellor
2007: The company is a founding member of DGNB
2008: Barack Obama is elected President of the United States
2010: Optimization of established properties – recognizing and unlocking the potential of legacy buildings
The pace of innovation accelerates during this decade. Drees & Sommer drives developments throughout the construction and real estate industry (for example via the INNOVATION FORUM). These are dominated by sustainability and digitization initiatives.
New regional offices in Aachen, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Bern, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Freiburg, Kent, Lausanne, London, Madrid, Mannheim, Münster, Paris, Potsdam, Riyadh* , Sao Paolo*, and Ulm
Sales €424,9 m
2013: Cradle to Cradle® approach for the construction industry
2013: g2 joins the Dreso Group
2014: Germany wins FIFA WORLD CUP in Brazil
2015: RBSGROUP joins the Group
2017: dsa engineering joins the Group
2019: EPEA joins the Group
2019: The FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE protest movement resonates worldwide
2019: Drees & Sommer Creators Programs for start-ups and corporates