Timeline History

1920
THE JOURNEY BEGINS

THE JOURNEY BEGINS

Nowland Brothers General Contractors Founded in the mid 1920’s by Gifford Alfred and Clarence Lewis Nowland

1929
THE GREAT DEPRESSION

THE GREAT DEPRESSION

Stock Markets collapsed on Tuesday October 29th, 1929 marking the beginning of the great depression.

1942
NOWLAND BROTHERS FOUNDED

NOWLAND BROTHERS FOUNDED

In 1942 Nowland Brothers Construction is officially recognized as a commercial construction company.

1945
VE DAY

VE DAY

On May 8, 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine.

1955
GIFF NOWLAND CONSTRUCTION

GIFF NOWLAND CONSTRUCTION

In 1955, Gifford Alfred’s oldest son, Gifford Worth Nowland, founded a construction business of his own known as Giff Nowland, Builder, which later became Giff Nowland Construction Company.  His business focused on building high quality residential projects.

1962
DALE NOWLAND

DALE NOWLAND

In 1962, Gifford A.’s third son Dale, began working as a construction laborer for Nowland Brothers, upon completing his service in the U.S. Navy.  Upon completing his apprenticeship in carpentry Dale worked his way to become a field Superintendent where he ran his first commercial project for the North Star..Read More

1966
A PARTNERSHIP CREATED

A PARTNERSHIP CREATED

On January 1, 1966, a partnership between Nowland Brothers General Contractors and Giff Nowland Construction Company was formed.  Each company put up $50,000 for equal 50/50 ownership in the new entity, Nowland Associates.

1969
STAR BUILDING SYSTEMS

STAR BUILDING SYSTEMS

In 1969 Nowland Associates became a dealer for Star Building Systems located in Oklahoma City, OK.  The tradition continues today after nearly 50 years dedication to Star.

1970
OFFICE LOCATION

OFFICE LOCATION

After completing construction of the Chapel North office building, Nowland Associates relocates from Windy Hills in 1970.  This would remain the company’s home until 2001.

1973
NOWLAND ASSOCIATES, INC.

NOWLAND ASSOCIATES, INC.

After operating as a partnership for seven years, it was decided that the company should incorporate, and on January 1, 1973, each partner contributed an additional $50,000 as stockholders, and the corporation Nowland Associates, Inc. was formed.  Shortly thereafter, Clarence Nowland retired and ended his involvement with the family business.

1973
CLARENCE NOWLAND RETIRES

CLARENCE NOWLAND RETIRES

Shortly after the formation of Nowland Associates, Co-founder Clarence L. Nowland retires from the company.  On December 16th, 1975 Clarence passed away.

1974
NEWARK MUNICIPAL BUILDING

NEWARK MUNICIPAL BUILDING

A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the City f Newark Municipal Building located on South Main Street.  Gifford W. Nowland attends the ceremony and is pictured on the far right.

1974

This photograph is one of the last taken of Gifford A. working with his two sons Gifford W. and Dale Nowland.  This image captures the ideals of Nowland Associates and hangs proudly in our office today.  It was taken in 1974 at a job trailer on the construction site of..Read More

1974
GIFF NOWLAND DIES SUDDENLY

GIFF NOWLAND DIES SUDDENLY

On October 5, 1974 tragedy struck and Gifford W. Nowland passed away suddenly, leaving his 50% of the corporation to Virginia M. Nowland.  The loss was devastating to the family and to Nowland Associates, and as a result Dale began working in the office to help maintain the business and..Read More

1981
ABC DE CHARTER MEMBER

ABC DE CHARTER MEMBER

In 1981, Nowland Associates became a Charter Member of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of  Delaware, when the organization became established in Delaware.  Dale Nowland played a critical role in the organization’s founding and the company remainsl an active member today.

1982

W.L. GORE AND ASSOCIATES

In 1982, Nowland Associates constructs its first building for W.L. Gore and Associates.  The facility in Fair Hill would be the first of many collaborative projects, a relationship that continues today.

1983

VIRGINIA NOWLAND RETIRES

Nine years after the passing of Gifford W., Virginia M. Nowland retires and sells her shares back to the corporation.

1989
THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL

THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL

On November 9, 1989, as the Cold War began to thaw across Eastern Europe, the spokesman for East Berlin’s Communist Party announced a change in his city’s relations with the West. Starting at midnight that day, he said, citizens of the GDR were free to cross the country’s borders

1991
JEFF NOWLAND

JEFF NOWLAND

In 1991, the third generation of family leadership began as Dale’s oldest son Jeff, began working for Nowland Associates full time upon receiving his B.S. degree in Construction Engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, IL.

1993
JIM NOWLAND

JIM NOWLAND

In 1993, Dale second son Jim, began working for Nowland Associates after earning a B.S. in Structural Engineering from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.  During this time Jim served a four year apprenticeship at Gredell and Associates Structural Engineers in order to earn his Professional Engineering license.

1993
UPPER CHESAPEAKE CORPORATE CENTER

UPPER CHESAPEAKE CORPORATE CENTER

Dale Nowland and Bill Burkley create a partnership to develop the Upper Chesapeake Corporate Center in Elkton, Maryland.  The “Burk-Land” office building (shown) was one of the first buildings constructed in the park.

1996
GIFFORD A. NOWLAND STEPS DOWN

GIFFORD A. NOWLAND STEPS DOWN

In 1996, Co-Founder Gifford A. Nowland steps down from Nowland Associates at age 80.  After 8 years of battling illness, he passes away at age 88.    

1999

ST. ANDREW’S SCHOOL

In 1999, Nowland Associates completes it’s first project with St. Andrew’s School.  It was the complete renovation to the school’s existing library.  Nowland Associates still maintains the partnership today having managed dozens of renovation and new construction projects for St. Andrew’s.  Pictured was a complete renovation to the schools historic..Read More

2000
MOVING DAY

MOVING DAY

After 58 years, Nowland Associates constructs their own office building and relocates all operations to a new facility at 2009 Ogletown Rd. in Newark.

2001
GIFF NOWLAND

GIFF NOWLAND

In 1999, Dale’s youngest son Giff began his apprenticeship with Donham and Sweeney Architects in Boston, MA after earning his Bachelors or Architectural degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.  In 2001, Giff began working full time for Nowland Associates, Inc.

2001
9/11

9/11

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit..Read More

2004
DALE NOWLAND RETIRES

DALE NOWLAND RETIRES

On December 31, 2004, Dale Nowland retires leaving his three sons, Jeff, Jim and Giff to continue on with the family tradition as the third generation takes the helm.  Jeff Nowland is named President.

2007
CECIL COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

CECIL COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

In 2007 the Cecil County Government selected Nowland Associates to Design and Construction a new Administration Building to consolidate their governmental operations. The building is located in the Upper Chesapeake Corporate Center in Elkton, MD.

2013
TOWER HILL SCHOOL

TOWER HILL SCHOOL

In 2013, Nowland associates completed construction of a new Math and Science Building for the Tower Hill School located in Wilmington, DE.

2017

75 YEARS IN BUSINESS

In 2017, Nowland Associates celebrates its 75th anniversary with a gala event at the Chateau Bu-De winery.  Over 400 attendees were on hand made up of  clients, contractors, associates, family and friends.  It was an amazing event to reconnect with so many, and to reflect on 75 years of accomplishments.