Dwayne Meyer spent many days as a child in the sandbox. He and his two older brothers would create sheds from scrap lumber and boards to house their toy farm implements, each staking out a corner of the expansive, sandy area where they would pass the time. The boys’ “farms” were connected by roads, bridges and culverts. Ponds and reservoirs were added via the garden hose.
When Dwayne outgrew the sandbox phase, he learned the value of a hard days’ work plucking chickens, gathering eggs, bucket feeding calves, digging musk thistles in the pasture and walking beans on neighbor’s farms. As the youngest of seven, Dwayne reflected on the lessons he learned about hard work, sharing, the love of family, and making the most of what you’re given. Dwayne shared that until some of his older siblings left the house, he slept very well on the living room sofa. It may be true that they didn’t have a lot growing up, but what they did have was appreciated and valued.
Dwayne didn’t know it at the time, but that early “rural planning experience” via the sandbox, and his ability to appreciate and adapt to any circumstance, led to his interest in a career in architecture. Today, with more than 20 years of healthcare architecture experience to his credit, Dwayne fills an essential role as a Senior Project Manager for the Altus team. From small-renovations and facility upgrades to large-scale health care system planning and design, Dwayne brings his tenacious approach to “getting the job done right” to every project he tackles.
When he isn’t working Dwayne enjoys sharing his love of food with others. A self-described Anthony Bourdain fan, Dwayne finds it relaxing and fun to explore the social aspect of food and how it nurtures and connects people. Like Bourdain, Dwayne also enjoys travel, including smaller communities within the state; he is equally content at home with his wife and son. Dwayne also enjoys watching wilderness survival shows and is deeply intrigued by individuals who can sustain and thrive living a life of self-reliance.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t give up. . .don’t ever give up.” ~ Jimmy V
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
NE, CO, SD
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB)
Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity