Dalke Construction Co. Inc.

DalkeConstructionDalke Construction celebrates its 100th anniversary.

By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media 

When it comes to construction, the Dalke family has built itself a legacy that spans the course of a century. Planting its roots in Oregon, the family has built a construction company that prides itself on a strong work ethic, integrity, commitment and 100 years of construction experience. 

Passed down from father to son for four generations, Dalke Construction continues to prosper and grow as it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. “I see the company continuing the legacy of the Dalke family,” says Larry Dalke, the company’s president and grandson of the founder. “The future of Dalke Construction is strong.”Dalke Construction info box 

Founded in 1919 by Thomas Dalke, the Salem, Ore.-based construction company started as Tom Dalke & Sons - with a promise to deliver quality construction services to Oregon's communities.

“Our grandfather did all kinds of projects in Oregon, starting in Salem and the surrounding areas,” Larry Dalke says. “He was well respected and we are proud of him for his legacy.”

Thomas Dalke even dabbled in politics when he ran for mayor in West Salem. His business card read “ain’t mad at nobody.” Thomas’ son, Herb Dalke, took over the family business in the 1950s and started focusing the company on commercial and industrial projects. 

Crown Jewels 

Today, Dalke Construction has completed thousands of construction projects that range from small to those that fall into the $30 million ballpark. 

“Our main focus has continued to be commercial and industrial projects,” says Scott Dalke, the company’s vice president and Larry Dalke’s son, who is among the company’s fourth-generation leadership. 

One of Dalke Construction’s crown jewels is the Spirit Mountain Lodge, a five-story hotel connected to a casino in Grand Ronde, Ore. 

“It was special because it was a post-tension project that we completed in 10 months with very few issues,” Larry Dalke says. “It’s a bigtime attraction in the state of Oregon.”

Another one of Dalke Construction’s high-profile projects has been working with the operators of the Enchanted Forest, a 20-acre amusement park in Turner, Ore. Creator Roger Tofte opened the park in 1971 and the Tofte family still owns and operates it. Dalke Construction is proud to be part of the ongoing upgrades and improvements to the amusement park, says Scott Dalke.  

Jack of All Trades 

Dalke Construction is known for tackling a variety of construction projects in Oregon. That includes a manufacturing plant for Mitsubishi in Salem and a high-end condominium project in Bend that consisted of a four-story, 100,000-square-foot building featuring 40 units and a 20,000-square-foot underground parking garage.  

In addition, Dalke Construction built new headquarters for the Oregon State Police in 2016 and renovated the headquarters for the Oregon Fish and Wildlife in 2013. 

“Both were significant projects,” Scott Dalke says. 

The company also renovated and repaired the existing Marion County Courthouse Square in 2014. The courthouse building, which had been condemned, was in serious need of repairs. Dalke Construction, which served as a sub-general contractor for the repairs and renovations, teamed up with Baltimore-based Structural Preservation.  

Dalke Construction provided local subcontractors for the labor needed to do most of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades and replace the interior finishes in the building. It also provided local carpenters to assist Structural Preservation with structural repairs.  

Future Generation

Following the traditions and values established by his grandfather, Larry Dalke leads the company into the future and prepares to hand over reins to the fourth generation. 

“Scott will be the future,” says Larry Dalke, who took over the company in 1981 with his brothers Tom, Ken and Dave. 

Over the decades, Dalke Construction has earned a reputation for quality, dedication and expertise with a long list of repeat customers. 

“I feel that we have a really good track record in taking care of our clients,” Larry Dalke says. “We’re very upfront about cost and try to establish a budget that works to avoid surprises. Our project goal is to bring a project in on schedule, on budget and have a happy client in the end.” 

The company has an in-house site utility and excavation crew and concrete and framing crews, which allow for greater project efficiency/continuity and cost savings for its clients. 

Dalke Construction prides itself on having employees that are loyal, experienced and team oriented – some having been with the company for more than 30 years. 

According to the company’s website, Dalke Construction also values green initiatives. It recognizes the impact that construction practices can have on the environment. 

The company was the first construction contractor in Marion county to receive an EarthWISE Certification in 2008, it states. The certification recognizes businesses in Marion County that have made a commitment to environmentally friendly practices.

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