Dawson Ventures

Dawson Ventures exists to cultivate an ecosystem of innovation that inspires and advances our people, our clients and our communities.

Dawson Labs

Dawson Labs engages directly with innovators to assess and advance new ideas, technologies, offerings and use cases. Whenever possible, we leverage McKinstry’s Spokane Living Laboratory, dedicated R&D spaces, facilities and personnel to help incubate and accelerate these innovations.

Dawson Advisory

Dawson Advisory leverages our deep bench of industry experts, resources and experience as a platform resource to advise, support and accelerate new ventures.

Dawson Funding

Dawson Funding engages in the assessment and development of new business partnerships, business models and investment pathways to enable and scale new ventures and assets.

Three Innovation Pillars

Our goal with Dawson Ventures is to advance early-stage technologies and offerings, supporting innovative startups aligned with McKinstry’s vision, mission and values that seek new solutions for the future of the built environment.

“Dawson Ventures gives our people the freedom to think outside the box and the space to bring those ideas to life. Good ideas deserve attention.”

— Ash Awad, McKinstry President & Chief Market Officer

Meet the Dawson Ventures

McKinstry is powering innovation through focused startup companies and service offerings.


Delivering the promise of grid-integrated buildings.

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Manufacturing integrated building systems in less time and at less cost.

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Developing real estate and energy assets to spark sustainable innovations.

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Technology Contractor

Centralizing building technology and structured cabling system design for improved building outcomes.

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