It was this demand that provided the catalyst for the formation of D & J Construction Company Ltd. Dennis E. Fagundo and John DeSilva Pereira were working independently as building contractors in the mid 60's when they decided to join forces in order to submit a bid to build a new classroom block for the Whitney Institute School. This initial venture was a success. The cornerstone of the business had been laid and in 1967 the two men incorporated the company.
The business grew from this initial success. In the first year of operation the value of work completed exceeded one million dollars and, what is more important, an impressive list of clients with repeat business was established. D & J Construction has grown in size, capability and experience and they are recognized for their ability to complete projects on schedule and within the established budget to the satisfaction of the client.
The need for full-service operation equipped to meet new and more sophisticated demands of a growing community predicated the move to create D & J Excavating and Landscaping Services Co. Ltd. (DJX) in 1978. Over the years, the rolling equipment stock has increased to include 25 pieces of major equipment sufficient to service any in-ground or above-ground infrastructure work or major equipment needed. Additionally, in 1996, DJX acquired the rights to the Bierman Quarry and annually process over 35,000 cubic yards of sand, gravel and rubble fill through a newly purchased crushing plant. The material is available to the industry for ready mixed concrete, masonry block, plaster sand, and structural fill.
DJX is now the largest excavation company on the Island and carries an office staff and workforce of over 35 persons.
To keep abreast of the ever-increasing demand for better and more advanced materials and techniques as well as developments in the industry, D & J Group of Companies formed various affiliations with American and Canadian firms expert in specific product areas (Curtain Wall, Structural Steel, Glass and Glazing, Ceiling and Flooring, etc.), heavy construction and project management. These services are used on an as needed basis whenever the circumstances or individual project demands dictate.
The D & J Group currently employs a management staff of 22 and field operatives vary between 85 to 125 depending on the size and nature of the work. The Group undertakes work that varies from smaller contracts up to the largest and most sophisticated commercial projects in Bermuda. The average turnover of the Group is about twenty five million dollars annually. D & J Group of Companies will continue to play its part in Bermuda's future by building structures today which are destined to become the proud landmarks of tomorrow.
The Company chart depicts the D & J organization and levels of responsibility. The executive and administrative staff includes 12 full time employees.
D.E. Fagundo and J.D. Pereira share the presidency and maintain involvement in all field operations. Their sons D.J. Fagundo and J.A. Pereira now continue the tradition sharing the leadership of the company as Joint Managing Directors. They are responsible for day to day administrative and management functions. Under this umbrella is the Operations Manager, N. Freisen, responsible for the coordination of materials, tools and equipment, field labor, inventory and site logistics; the CFO, D. Millet, responsible for the functions of accounting and finance; the Chief Estimator, S. Widjaja; and project management, purchasing, contracts, cost accounting and personnel.
Day to day field operations are managed and controlled by the three senior superintendents - T. Belchior, J. Mendonca, B. Gregus and C. MacKinnon and site foremen - C. Faria, D. Bento Correia, M. Mello and T. Sousa.
When measuring the experience of the Management, Administrative, and Field supervisory staff, it is found that these employees have an average of 12 years of employment with D & J, and have an average of 21 years in the construction business. Nine employees have advanced educational degrees and four have professional registrations.
The field labor force varies between 50 and 75 workers who are instrumental in self-performing traditional Bermudian construction.
As a non-unionised company D & J is able to remain flexible, adapting to the needs of situations as they arise. The company is able to provide extended working hours beneficial to both the employee and the client's occupancy schedule. The employees have developed strong alliances with the company, as demonstrated by the 12 year average with D & J.