As pioneers of design build, the idea of a more customer-centric process is embedded in everything we do. Our
Opus DB3™ project delivery method provides greater value to clients by maximizing quality, efficiency and aesthetics. We fully integrate all stakeholders—client, architect and builder—for meaningful collaboration from the day the project is conceived until the last detail is finished and the client moves in. This is where Beth Duyvejonck shines. She oversees the management of every project detail, enabling us to meet, and many times exceed, client expectations.
Beth is director of project management in our Minneapolis market. She makes sure projects move forward as promised by working closely with clients, internal experts and subcontractors. Excelling at project management requires building successful working relationships based on trust and mutual respect with many groups and individuals. Beth has done exactly that during her 20 year tenure at Opus, leading with an intent focus on client satisfaction and making it easy to work with Opus.
“One of the things I like about this job is creating something completely new with each client," said Beth. “It never gets old. We get to create amazing environments for people to live and work in, and we are passionate about it. In fact, we tend to get really attached to the buildings and our clients."
Beth didn't grow up playing with Legos or Lincoln Logs, but as a young woman she found herself drawn to Iowa State University's Construction Engineering degree program. Her passion for problem solving steered her toward project management and she landed a construction management internship in 1996. Toward the end of her internship, she sat down with her then manager who, despite her impressive work performance, told her, “you're smart and nice, but a feminine leadership style will not be very successful in this industry." That just fired her up.
Today, Beth has more than proven herself. With two decades of progressive responsibility at Opus, she is the most tenured female project manager in firm history. A no-nonsense expert in a highly-competitive and largely male dominated industry, Beth has broken down many barriers while always demonstrating a steadfast commitment to the industry and helping others advance their careers.
In addition to her project management work, Beth develops and trains next level project management leaders and manages our local internship program. She has vested interest in developing and mentoring women in project management and the industry, amplifying the value women bring as professionals.
Perhaps her manager, John Williams, vice president of project management, sums it up best saying, “Beth has always gone above and beyond, not only with her assigned tasks, but with many things that she has volunteered to do. She really is a rock star."
Beth has delivered multiple projects that permanently changed the Minneapolis skyline and community. She's currently in a leadership role on the collaborative team delivering 365 Nicollet, a 30-story, high-rise mixed-use, multifamily development that will significantly up the ante for luxury living in downtown Minneapolis. Offering the ultimate live-work-play environment, 365 Nicollet will have 370 apartment units with condo-level finishes, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a multitude of upscale amenities, like a relaxation room, a sixth floor deck area with a hot tub, pool and fire pits.
“With this type of project, there are two distinct clients—the property owner and the future residents," said Beth. “Both benefit from our ability to put ourselves in their shoes and deliver what they want—a well-constructed building that provides a positive experience for residents with exceptional layouts, quality finishes and engaging public spaces and amenities."
For the past seven years, Beth has served on the Industry Advisory Council at Iowa State University for Construction Engineering advising on curriculum and industry trends. Not surprisingly, she was the first-ever female council member. Beth is also either a current or past member of the Design-Build Institute of America, Associated General Contractors of Minnesota and US Green Building Council. She's active on multiple internal committees focused on Client Experience, Learning and Development, Organizational Unity and College Recruiting. In addition to her Construction Engineering degree, she holds Professional Engineer (PE) and LEED AP accreditations.
We’re proud to launch a series of profiles featuring the experts who deliver value to our clients and partners. In conjunction with International Women’s Day, we’re featuring four women leaders. Check our previous profiles, including Jennifer Koehler, Margaret Knowlton and Devon Coffey.