John Vardaman

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John Vardaman

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, John Vardaman brings attention to detail and discipline to the forefront of his work. He was introduced to DPR in San Diego after serving in the Marine Corps both domestically and overseas. John’s passion for building and his connection to DPR’s purpose landed him in the Redwood City office in 2007. While gaining experience on some of the largest technical commercial projects in Northern California, he earned his master’s degree in Sustainable Design & Construction from Stanford University.

In 2017, John moved to Nashville where he served as a project executive before transitioning to a business unit leader for five years. Supporting employees in what they do best—building memorable projects and experiences for customers and partners—John built a successful business and teams.

In addition to teams, John has developed a passion for and extensive experience in advanced manufacturing projects, including managing construction for the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada for three years.

In his role as Co-Leader of DPR’s Advanced Technology Core Market, John is focused on the Advanced Manufacturing sector – leading the company’s efforts in serving customers, as well as pursuing and delivering highly technical projects in the world of microelectronics, clean energy, and defense & aerospace.


  • Role: Advanced Technology Core Market Co-Leader focused on Advanced Manufacturing
  • Favorite DPR Core Value: Ever Forward. Good is the enemy of great; we should celebrate our successes and then get better on the next one!
  • What you Love About Construction: When I got started in construction, it was about seeing the physical construction happen. I still love to geek out on the design and engineering aspects of our projects, but my greatest joy now is being able to understand the idea that started the project, where the client is trying to get to, and being part of their journey in their business.
  • Most Useful App: So many… anyone that spends anytime around me knows I live on my phone. That said, texting is probably the most useful. Communication is the most important thing I think we can do and it’s a great way to drop in on folks in a busy world when you are between more meaningful face-to-face time.
  • Best Vacation Spot: Mexico! Love the heat and the surf and the food… and the margaritas!
  • Favorite Subject in School: Math (Although the ‘new math’ my kids are learning is making me re-think this)

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