About DECO Associates
We help Contractors, Construction Managers, and Owners complete their casework projects reliably and on time.
Many of our customers come to us looking for a partner with the financial strength, technical competence and production resources to successfully complete their complex projects — both large and small.
Throughout our history, Architects and members of the Design Community have been able to receive unbiased help, support, and assistance on their design projects. We’ve been able to serve all the major design firms in the state deliver the right solution to their clients — from layout, to specification details and product selection.
We know we have a responsibility to our customers and business partners, and will ultimately be held accountable for how we managed what has been entrusted to us. We want to support the work of our industry, our community, and our customers. That will be realized through honest and unbiased advice, giving back with our time and finances, and working for the success of our customers and their interests.
- Project Management
- Design Assist
- Budgeting Assistance & Estimating
- Value Engineering
Our professional project management team strives to provide unmatched execution of every project. They organize the detailed submittals essential to a successful job and work to anticipate obstacles every step of the way. They facilitate all communication, modifications, deliveries, and labor coordination to end up with a first class installation.
The design assist project delivery approach engages the specialized trades during the design process to allow their specific expertise to add value to the project through a collaborative team approach to design. DECO is uniquely positioned with personnel and support resources to serve as an active participant in the design assist role. We have served in this capacity on several projects; providing specialized expertise and adding value with design and construct ability solutions that are efficient and effective in both time and cost.
We understand that whether it is an early design budget (SD, DD) or hard bid, the project cost must be complete, accurate, and reliable. Our experienced estimating staff works with the project team to ensure we comprehend the required scope, that we have correctly accounted for all the components, and that our proposal effectively communicates these inclusions and associated cost to deliver a confident price. Combining extensive and diverse project experience, depth of product knowledge, and a state of the art computer takeoff system, we are able to confidently provide budgets and estimate proposals that are complete, accurate, and reliable.
We welcome the opportunity to engage in the VE process to maximize value, not simple reduce cost. We accomplish this by first gaining an understanding of the important design requirements. We then apply a systematic approach that evaluates the products, material selections, component configurations and sourcing options to propose creative solutions that are the best value for the project.
We believe we can best serve our customers, associates, and partners if we operate from a position of financial strength. We measure that by keeping:
- A Strong Balance Sheet
- Ample bonding capacity with low rates
- Robust access to bank financing
These measures can assure our customers that outside regulators trust our financial integrity and that we are well positioned to be here for the long haul: rock solid in good times and lean years.
For over 25 years, DECO Associates has been an industry leader for institutional casework throughout Indiana; providing quality solutions for casework, architectural woodwork and laboratory furniture. The DECO team is committed to our customers and their projects. We want to be a trusted resource for the design and construction community with honest advice, high quality, and innovative solutions. We strive to fulfill our committed customers with integrity and diligence.
DECO Associates was founded in 1990 as Drennan Equipment Company by industry veteran, Bruce Gilham, Initially focused on the K-12 school market, DECO built a reputation as the leading educational casework contractor in Indiana. DECO expanded into the research laboratory market by the mid 1990’s with projects and Indiana University. Well established in the school and university research laboratory markets, DECO diversified into the healthcare market in 2006; completing multiple major hospital projects. In 2009, Bruce Gilham retired from DECO Associates handing off to a longtime DECO employee, Bruce Osborne. Serving the design and construction community for over 25 years, DECO Associates continues to be the industry leading educational, research, and healthcare casework provider in Indiana.