Remembering Norm Dianda

Norm Dianda, Q&D Construction founder and Nevada icon, was a great friend to DRI. For more than 24 years, Norm provided support for DRI’s distinguished Nevada Medal Award, which is recognized around the world and is the highest scientific honor in the state.

In addition to his philanthropic support, Norm’s legacy also lives on inside the walls of DRI’s Great Basin Environmental Research Laboratory (GBERL), which Q&D Construction built. GBERL is home to critical environmental research and is one of many important buildings in Reno which bear his fingerprints.

DRI Assistant Vice President Campus Planning and Physical Plant Peter Ross worked with Norm and recalled, “Norm ran a company that was proud of its roots, and Norm never outgrew his sense that no job was too small or unimportant to warrant the same attention and pride in craftsmanship  that he brought to his largest projects.”

Our hearts and thoughts are with Norm’s family, and we send our sincere condolences.

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Philanthropy is a multigenerational Lewis family tradition. During his childhood, Robert Lewis wanted to be a scientist. He has supported DRI for almost 15 years and was part of an instrumental group of donors that provided philanthropic support to launch the Innovative Research Program (IRP) in 2018.

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