About DCHGlobal Inc.

DCHGlobal Inc. builds buildings using the DCHGlobal Building System. We are the developer, architect, general contractor, and sales broker.  Please visit our Properties for Sale page for our current listings.

The DCHGlobal Building System is a patented architectural system that is flexible in both horizontal and vertical directions, it is sustainable up to the net-zero level, multi-generational, and can be built quickly and efficiently in any location, climate, or terrain.

Our Story

President David Hovey Jr. AIA is President of DCHGlobal and President of Optima Holdings. He leads the Architecture, Construction, and Development teams for both DCHGlobal and Optima Inc. in the Arizona office.

David’s father David C. Hovey FAIA founded Optima Inc. in 1978 with the intentions of streamlining the design, construction, and development process with a vertically integrated business model based on the principles and theories of “the master builder”. Optima Inc. is responsible for acquiring the land, obtaining entitlements, the architecture, the construction, the sales and leasing, and the property management.  Starting in 1978 with a six unit townhome project in Hyde Park, Illinois adjacent to the University of Chicago, Optima Inc. has evolved into one of the most distinguished architecture, development, and construction companies in the United States with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Phoenix, Arizona.

Hovey Jr. has been working for Optima Inc. since he was a young boy and has had the opportunity to contribute to all aspects of the company including architecture, construction, site acquisition, zoning and entitlements, permit and approvals, financing, sales and leasing, and property management.  In 1997, he enrolled in Cornell University as a City and Regional Planning major in the School of Architecture and played for the university’s ice hockey team. After graduation he opened the Arizona office and spent time as the project manager and superintendent on five experimental single family homes in Scottsdale Arizona while gaining an understanding of the local market in preparation for large scale Optima projects. While working on the single family homes he became more interested in design as well as further streamlining the construction process. He enrolled into the Masters of Architecture program at Illinois Institute of Technology and studied under his father mentor and Adviser at IIT Architect Arthur S. Takeuchi. He became interested in prefabricated and standardized building systems and studied Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Buckminster Fuller, the Sears Roebuck and Company kit homes, and The Lustron Company along with many more modern day systems.  He was surprised that most of the systems offered only specific models and there was a lack of standardized construction systems that were comprised of components that could be assembled in different configurations.

In 2004 David completed his master’s thesis with the intentions of designing and developing a sustainable multi-generational system that was flexible in both horizontal and vertical directions comprised of standardized components that could be quickly and efficiently assembled in any location, climate or terrain. In 2009 Hovey Jr. completed “DCHGlobal Relic Rock Phase I” as the prototype of the system and in 2011 “DCHGlobal Relic Rock Phase 2” was completed with innovations and lessons learned from the prototype and DCHGlobal continues to improve all aspects of the system with each new building.

The DCHGlobal Building System has been recognized with several national and international awards including the 2016 AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award and the 2016 AIA Chicago Special Innovation Award.

Lectures, Presentations and Panels
September 7, 2017
CIFE Switzerland Symposium
May 8, 2017
Illinois Institute of Technology – Arch. 320 Studio Lecture
November 16, 2016
CEE100 Managing Sustainable Building Projects
October 26, 2016
DCHGlobal, Inc. receives Divine Detail Honor Award and Interior Architecture Award – Special Recognition for Innovation in the AIA Chicago 2016 Design Excellence Awards
October 13, 2016
CIFE Industry Advisory Board Meeting (Center for Integrated Facility Engineering)
June 2014
Urban Land Institute – Optima
June 2014
Stanford University – Optima Inc. and project operations of VDC (Virtual Design and Construction)
March 2014
Stockholm Sweden Veidekke VDC Course
September 2013
Abu Dhabi UAE – Middle East Building Information Modeling Conference
November 2012
Stanford University CIFE – “Optima and DCHGlobal”
June 2012
Stanford University CIFE – “Architecture and Schedule Performance”
October 2011
ULI Fall Conference – “Innovation for Real Estate: Building Information Modeling”
October 2011
CEE212A – “Industry Applications of Virtual Design and Construction”
May 2011
AIA National Convention – “Integrated Design to Fabrication for Urban Housing Solutions”
May 2011
AIA National Convention TAP Rapidfire Panel
November 2010
Stanford University CEE241 – “Managing Fabrication and Construction”
September 2010
Stanford University CEE241 – “Managing Fabrication and Construction”
June 2010
Stanford University CIFE Summer Program
November 2009
Stanford University CEE241 – “Managing Fabrication and Construction”
September 2009
AIA Technology and Practice – “Optima Inc. 30 Years in IPD”
September 2009
Stanford University CEE241 – “Managing Fabrication and Construction”
September 2009
Illinois Institute of Technology Fall Lecture Series – “The New Meccano Set”
June 2009
Stanford University CIFE Summer Program