2021 JE Dunn Construction Community Impact Year in Review

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CONTENTS A Letter from Bob Dunn Community Impact Staff and Ambassadors A Legacy of Being All In We Are Genuine Across the Nation Serving Others Giving Back Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

community impact year in review | 2021 | table of contents

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Veterans

E A ALL IN Education and Workforce Development Health and Well-Being

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) We Are All In



Over the last two years, our company and family foundation established separate strategic philanthropic plans, lean online grant request and outcome measurement processes, and donation match programs for employees, the JE Dunn Board of Directors, and Dunn family members. These efforts allowed us to make more informed decisions on donation requests and track the impact of those gifts. We experienced better communication externally and internally, achieved operational cost efficiencies, and impacted more than 1,000 nonprofits. We celebrated our employees’ generosity and leadership efforts for their record number of volunteer hours, helping charitable causes in the 25 cities where we have corporate offices. For over 98 years, JE Dunn has firmly believed in giving back 10% of its annual pretax income to our communities. Our founder and my grandfather, J.E. “Ernie” Dunn, Sr., established this guiding principle nearly a century ago, and it continues to be followed by the entire Dunn family and thousands of wonderful JE Dunn associates. A Best People + Right Culture strategy is achieved through integrity, inclusivity, and respect for others, while delivering top-quality construction safely, on-time, and on budget. Our commitment to generosity is a key differentiator. Sincerely,

Bob Dunn

senior vice president | community affairs

community impact year in review | 2021 | a letter from bob

The year 2021 brought tremendous challenges, from new COVID-19 variants to major supply chain disruptions. Yet, there were reasons for optimism too, with COVID-19 vaccines becoming readily available and growth in the stock market, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and commercial construction industry. In 2021, JE Dunn Construction, our employees, and the Dunn Family Foundation found innovative ways to impact our communities.


PEOPLE

we believe in

OUR PEOPLE

Bob Dunn S V P, C O M M U N I T Y A F FA I R S

Meet the team. JE Dunn’s Community Impact team is located at our corporate headquarters in Kansas City, uniting our philanthropic efforts across our offices nationwide.

Nancy Phelps D I R E C T O R , C O M M U N I T Y I M PA C T


Maria O’Connor GRANT SPECIALIST

Meet JE Dunn’s Community Ambassadors, local “boots on the ground” employees who are passionate about the community their office serves. In 2021, this network of Ambassadors has planned volunteer opportunities, connected employees to real needs in their communities, created the first-ever National Volunteer Week campaign at JE Dunn, and much, much more.

Lee Jarboe |

Pamela Johnson |

AT L A N TA

Catie Cacchione | Amber Sanders |

AUSTIN

Janet Bates | Chera Hishaw

AUSTIN

CHARLESTON

Jennifer Badra | Bailey Barnett |

CHARLOTTE CHARLOTTE

NASHVILLE

NASHVILLE

Heather Boyd |

N O R T H D A K O TA

Marc Mellmer |

N O R T H D A K O TA

Krystal Harris |

OKLAHOMA CITY

Lindsey Moore |

OKLAHOMA CITY

CHARLOTTE

Corey Erdkamp |

Camila Cox |

CHARLOTTE

Chris Orellana |

Lek Sullivan |

CHARLOTTE

Ava Apodaca |

Chris Peck |

DALLAS

DALLAS

Lyndsie Perrenoud | Rose Lovato |

DALLAS

PHOENIX

Monty Everson |

PHOENIX

Emily Laughlin |

PHOENIX

Noél Behnke |

PORTLAND

Amy Uchtman |

DENVER

OMAHA OMAHA

PORTLAND

Callie Morris |

DENVER

Vince Shirbach |

S AVA N N A H

Niki Heinrich |

DES MOINES

Kelley Norman |

SPRINGFIELD

Melissa Gjermundson | Amber Timmermeyer | Kelly Wood | Bailey Milne Dagel

KANSAS CITY

Drew Emerson |

Susan Bradt |

Heather Fitzgerald |

C O M M U N I T Y I M PA C T S P E C I A L I S T

Dave Ruf |

KANSAS CITY

Alice Myers |

AUSTIN

Elizabeth Williams |

E D U C AT I O N M A N A G E R , C O M M U N I T Y I M PA C T

Emily Held |

AT L A N TA

HOUSTON

DICKINSON

HOUSTON

Migle Varkalaite | Krystal Mellmer |

TA M PA

WILLISTON

community impact year in review | 2021 | we believe in our people

COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS


a legacy of being

ALL IN

“THERE ARE MANY T H I N G S T H AT A R E M O R E I M P O RTA N T THAN THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR, INCLUDING HELPING THOSE IN NEED.”

Mr. Bill Dunn, Sr.


LEGACY

JE Dunn’s commitment to giving back and serving others can be traced to our very origin. John Ernest Dunn (Ernie), founder of JE Dunn, established a culture of giving within the company long before our cranes reached skyward, and our offices stretched from coast to coast. In 1981, Bill Dunn, Sr. and his five sons founded the Dunn Family Foundation, reinforcing the family values of integrity, generosity, and compassion. The Dunn Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of human life and creating solutions to community needs in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. In addition, JE Dunn’s corporate philanthropy impacts the many markets around the nation where we build, investing 10% of net income and empowering our employees to make an impact. This is the story of JE Dunn’s Community Impact in 2021, continuing our legacy of being “All in.”

OUR VISION

JE Dunn Construction and our employees will invest time, talent, and resources in a holistic manner in charitable organizations that impact…

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT E D U C AT I O N H E A LT H & W E L L - B E I N G S O C I A L I M PA C T

community impact year in review | 2021 | a legacy of being all in

OUR PURPOSE IS TO ENRICH L I V E S T H R O U G H C O R P O R AT E A N D EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IN THE COMMUNITIES WHERE WE LIVE, WORK, AND BUILD.


GENUIN

we are

GENUINE

From workforce development to affordable housing, JE Dunn Construction and our employees are finding ways to daily give back to the communities we call home.

WE BELIEVE IN DOING THE RIGHT THING SERVING OTHERS FUN & FULFILLING LIVES


2 0 2 1 C O M M U N I T Y I M PA C T by the num b ers

10% DONATED ACROSS THE COUNTRY 1,000 + NONPROFITS IMPACTED 50,000 + VOLUNTEER HOURS ANNUALLY

2 0 2 1 I M PA C T by giving priority EDUCATION 23.16% HEALTH & WELL-BEING 20.27% SOCIAL IMPACT 14.50% COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 13.06%

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1:1 EMPLOYEE MATCH PROGRAM

w e are genuine

42 COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS



NATION ACROSS THE NATION

community impact year in review | 2021 | we believe in ser ving others across the nation

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EAST

SOUTH CENTRAL

Corey Erdkamp

Dorease Kincaid

Lyndsie Perrenoud

C H A R I S M AT I C E M PAT H E T I C SINCERE

PA S S I O N AT E CARING D E D I C AT E D

ENGAGING LEADER AW E S O M E

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H E A LT H C A R E

C O R P O R AT E

OMAHA, NEBRASKA

Emily McBeth

ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Tabitha Williams

DALLAS, TEXAS

Jason Banks

DENVER, COLORADO

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

C O M PA S S I O N AT E HARD-WORKING INCLUSIVE

CARING THOUGHTFUL GENUINE

D E D I C AT E D I N N O VAT I V E C O M PA S S I O N AT E

community impact year in review | 2021 | we believe in ser ving others

MIDWEST


VOLUNT



GIVE BAC

we are dedicated to

GIVING BACK

Our inspired people are passionate about giving back to their local communities. In addition to volunteering time and talent, JE Dunn is proud of our employees’ commitment to financially support causes that mean the most to them.

“ I A M S O P R O U D T O B E PA R T O F A C O M PA N Y T H AT S P E A K S WITH ACTION. THANK YOU FOR LIFTING THE CAP ON OUR M AT C H I N G C O N T R I B U T I O N S AND INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITIES, AS THE NEEDS A R E S O I N C R E D I B LY G R E AT A C R O S S O U R C O U N T R Y. ” Bo Crouse-Feuerhelm

VICE PRESIDENT, CLIENT SOLUTIONS


M AT C H P R O G R A M

$

1.8M

COMBINED EMPLOYEE + JE DUNN MATCH

506

25

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED

JE DUNN OFFICES WITH DONATIONS MATCHED

U N I T E D WAY Since 1983, JE Dunn has partnered with the United Way, beginning in our hometown of Kansas City. The United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good, by focusing on education, income, and health.

$

654K

EMPLOYEE UNITED WAY DONATIONS

+ $

65K

10% JE DUNN MATCH

= $

719K

TOTAL 2021 UNITED WAY IMPACT

community impact year in review | 2021 | we are dedicated to giving back

In 2020, JE Dunn launched an Employee Match Program to support and expand our employees’ community impact. JE Dunn now matches employee donations to nonprofits, dollar for dollar, up to $ 1 ,000 per employee per year. In 2021, JE Dunn lifted the per-employee maximum for the program, so employees could support their favorite causes in a time of great need.


DIVERSIT

we are committed to

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION At JE Dunn, our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is stronger than ever. We know that DEI is key for our growth and relevance as it makes us better as an employer, community leader, and business partner. We will continue to be very intentional about hiring the right people (hiring, developing, and retaining the most talented and diverse workforce available). We will continue to be an employer of choice for all (fostering a culture of high inclusion, valuing and leveraging the unique talents of all employees). And, we will continue to provide connections to business growth (focusing on diverse trade partner engagement).

BUiLD BLACKS UNITED IN LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT In 2021, JE Dunn launched a new Employee Resource Group. BUiLD (Blacks United in Learning and Development) works to foster networking, professional development, mentoring, sponsorship, and leadership opportunities with a focus on maximizing engagement at JE Dunn.


Z O R AYA R O W L A N D S With a desire to help create opportunities for women and minorities, Zoraya Rowlands joined JE Dunn as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Director in 2020. “I was encouraged by JE Dunn’s sincerity for driving change, and their vision and passion inspired me in the DEI space. At that moment, I knew I wanted to be with a company that was not just checking boxes.” After moving to the Midwest from New York City, Zoraya says, “I became very aware of all the things that made me different… the looks in the supermarket, in meeting rooms, etc.” Zoraya is often the “only” in the room in her professional life—the only female, person of color, person from another country, person with an accent. She realized that curious inquiries about her accent or appearance allowed her to share her story—about her birthplace, the Dominican Republic, and the sacrifices her parents made to provide a better future for Zoraya and her brother. Looking back on her journey, Zoraya acknowledges those who walked alongside her, opened doors, and mentored her. Knowing firsthand the importance of creating diverse and inclusive environments, she wants to use her platform at JE Dunn to help others achieve their dreams and grow. On the future of DEI at JE Dunn, Zoraya is encouraged by employees who support our minority trade partners and mentor, recruit, volunteer, and connect in our communities. “Diversity, equity, and inclusion represent who we are. We can only fulfill our guiding principles by hearing, respecting, and valuing each other, our trade partners, and our clients. It is the right thing to do, but most importantly, the smart thing to do.”

N AT I O N A L D I V E R S I T Y SCHOLARSHIP Offering support in the classroom and guidance on the jobsite, the National Diversity Scholarship is awarded to eight college students across the country.

“I can't express how happy I was when I learned I was picked for the National Diversity Scholarship; I'm glad I can continue studying civil engineering with a lot less financial stress.” Rubina

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND-COLLEGE PARK, CIVIL ENGINEERING

community impact year in review | 2021 | we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion

LEADER PROFILE

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION DIRECTOR





CHRIS SZELIGA Military service is a family tradition for Chris Szeliga, JE Dunn’s Austin office leader. “My grandfather served, and my grandmother packed parachutes for the Army Air Corps in WWII. My dad and uncles served during Vietnam.” Serving his country gave Chris a sense of duty and pride, and the Sea-AirMariner education program helped him pay for college. He served eight years as an Active Reservist in the “Seabees,” the United States Naval Construction Battalion. As Engineering Aid, Chris laid aircraft landing strips, helicopter pads, and antennae farm bases. This experience proved valuable when he enrolled in the Construction Science program at Kansas State University’s College of Architectural Engineering. In his first interview with JE Dunn, Chris found himself across the table from Mr. William Dunn Sr., a United States Navy veteran. He notes, “I suppose I was lucky, being in the right place at the right time.” The two shared a common bond due to their service, and Chris will celebrate his 24th anniversary with JE Dunn this spring. In his tenure with JE Dunn, Chris says the company has been highly supportive of his and others’ military service. He believes this culture was established in 1942 when our founder chose not to profit from the Quartermaster Depot project’s war contract for patriotic reasons. Additionally, he says, “Veterans volunteer to protect America’s way of life… to keep the USA and many other countries around the world safe. Freedom does not come free, and I am thankful to see JE Dunn associates recognize the sacrifice made by our military personnel.”

community impact year in review | 2021 | we support our veterans

LEADER PROFILE

AUSTIN OFFICE LEADER



Correctional facilities approaching capacity, residents eager to learn, and an industry in need of a labor boost. That is the scenario that led to the inception of the at Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kan. JE Dunn joined together with like-minded companies, the Kansas Department of Corrections, and Kansas City Kansas Community College to form a new partnership for the correctional facility, one where all parties are committed to being part of the solution together—reducing recidivism while boosting an industry, changing lives, and improving communities. The program is open to residents with a minimum of two years left on their sentences, allowing time for eligible graduates to apply their technical skills in real-life work experiences available through private industry employers. The inaugural class of 25 students started in August 2021 and are slated to graduate in May 2022.

Providing hope for a future of opportunities was a goal at the inception of the program, one that students felt at the kickoff as well as once classes began. “The kickoff event was unexpected to say the least,” said Jose Arevalo, welding student at LCF. “What stood out to me was that there was an event at all. After a couple decades of being locked up, to be part of a ‘ c elebration’ in OUR honor, having people speak on the ways we can succeed, it was truly humbling. It created in me a focus to complete this and not let down all the people who have given me this opportunity—and to learn a life-changing skill no one can take from me. I can leave here knowing that having this skill supersedes my past because I can essentially be a welder anywhere and be successful, never again being placed in circumstances to return to prison.”

community impact year in review | 2021 | we prioritize education and workforce development

W E L D I N G T O W O R K F O R C E AT L A N S I N G C O R R E C T I O N A L



In 2011, a small team of JE Dunn employees in Atlanta teamed up to create the “Dunn Runn,” a race that raised $ 2 6,000 for a local nonprofit. By 2015, the race was renamed the , and received race designation as a Peachtree Qualifier. In 2021, 180 runners participated, raising $ 1 20,000 for several worthy organizations including (FTHP) and the (ODBI). FTHP works to address the plight of homeless men and women on the streets of Atlanta. ODBI provides certified life coaching and ongoing advocacy for vulnerable high school and college students. “This is a charity that has a proven positive impact on our at-risk and really talented teens that just need a little guidance and support,” said Reggie Pope, regional risk manager at JE Dunn and Board Member Emeritus for ODBI. “You actually witness a young person’s attitude toward life change to a very positive outlook with life goals and dreams of their own.”

“NO OTHER R E L AT I O N S H I P FEELS LIKE THE ONE WITH JE DUNN,”

Sue Fort White

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OUR KIDS

Inspired by the Atlanta office, the Nashville team created their first local Hammer Down Race in 2014, with all proceeds benefiting . Since then, each year has featured a 5K/ 1 0K race for Our Kids, raising more than $ 1 50,000 in 2021. Our Kids works to provide medical evaluations and crisis counseling in response to child sexual abuse. “Our Kids staff are with these children and families every step of the way from the moment they set foot in their clinic,” said Alice Myers, Nashville Community Ambassador. “The staff at Our Kids provide a path to strength and healing for the children and their families and are the helpers we need in this world.”

“ A S A B U I L D E R I N T H E C I T Y O F AT L A N TA FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS, JE DUNN IS COMMITTED TO IMPROVING LIVES IN THIS C O M M U N I T Y A N D S U P P O R T I N G C H A R I TA B L E O R G A N I Z AT I O N S W I T H T H E S A M E C O M M I T M E N T. W E A R E H O N O R E D T O S U P P O RT T H E S E T W O O R G A N I Z AT I O N S A N D T H E G R E AT T H I N G S T H E Y A R E D O I N G H E R E I N AT L A N TA . ”

Stuart Bruening

ATLANTA OFFICE LEADER

community impact year in review | 2021 | we believe in health and well-being

RACING TO MAKE A N I M PA C T






ALL IN

w e are

AL L I N

Scott Alexander


We are all in.

Marcus Taylor

However, for me, that impact is not just national corporate social responsibility, but the impact made by individuals uniting across the country. Marcus Taylor was one of those individuals. A long-term employee of JE Dunn, Marcus passed away after a long fight with cancer in 2017. We named an “Inspiration Award” in his honor, given to one employee each year who truly inspires us. In 2021, that award was given to General Superintendent Scott Alexander, who was nearing the end of his own fight with cancer. Scott passed away only two months later, and JE Dunn was able to support his family with a donation from our Employee Hardship Fund. But, the story doesn’t end there. Both Scott’s and Marcus’s wives also work at JE Dunn. In fact, Marcus’s wife, Elizabeth Taylor, has started a new nonprofit in his memory, called The Sacred Transition. This organization provides care packages to help individuals and families impacted by cancer. Scott and Marcus’s legacy continues. That is the power of our inspired people. Even in times of great sorrow and loss, their generosity, inspiration, and commitment to others shines through. That is the power of JE Dunn. Truly, we are all in. Sincerely,

Gordon Lansford, III president | ceo

community impact year in review | 2021 | we are all in

That statement is one of our guiding principles at JE Dunn, easily seen through our Community Impact across 25 offices. From volunteerism to corporate donations, board service to building projects for nonprofit clients, JE Dunn and our employees are committed to dedicating time, talent, and resources to building inspired communities.



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