DPR Construction is on a mission. Our goals as a company include becoming an integral, indispensable part of the communities in which we work. At each office, that objective is being carried out in unique ways. With 20 offices spread across the country, DPR’s communities span from coast to coast.
DPR’s community involvement has evolved since our founding in 1990. In 2008, the DPR Foundation was created. This charitable organization exists to help disadvantaged children. Headed by Peter Nosler (the “P” in DPR), the DPR Foundation works closely with DPR employees to identify organizations to support, which are local to each office, that benefit grade school and high school-aged children. Each year, the Foundation provides grants as well as volunteer support to chosen organizations. As of 2013, the DPR Foundation has awarded more than $3.2 million to 22 different organizations across the country.
The DPR Foundation is about more than just writing a check; in addition to supporting organizations through monetary contributions, the Foundation gets directly involved. Our employees spend much of their time volunteering, planning events, and even sitting on the boards of these organizations.
“DPR’s commitment to ‘Build Great Things’ extends far beyond our offices or customers – we strive to go into the communities where we work and live,” said Peter Nosler, co-founder of DPR Construction and president of the DPR Foundation board. “Through the Foundation, we focus on building long-lasting relationships with local organizations that help kids gain an enriched community experience. Once we select an organization, our commitment is solid and we expect to continue our financial and volunteer support year after year.”
In addition to the many contributions of the DPR Foundation, our employees volunteer thousands of hours and contribute, both individually and collectively as a company, to support worthy causes in each of our local communities. This involvement includes everything from cleaning up the coast in Newport Beach, California; to organizing teams to walk or run for a cause; to participating in programs like Rebuilding Together that help restore community buildings in cities across the nation.
Over the years and throughout the country, DPR’s community involvement has included the following:
- Building Homes for Those in Need—Building is what we do and it is also a way we can help our communities. We have built homes across the nation through our involvement with Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, for more than 10 years, DPR volunteers have traveled to Mexico for the Baja Challenge to build homes for needy families. In the 12th Annual Baja Challenge, 14 families received new homes.
- Assisting with World-Changing Ideas—DPR has assisted G3Box (Generating Global Good), which provides accessible care to those in rural or disaster-ridden areas around the world by converting ordinary shipping containers into medical clinics. G3Box was named Entrepreneur Magazine’s College Entrepreneur of 2011.
- Helping Kids be Kids—For the past 15 years, we have been a major sponsor of the Contractors Caring for Kids event, which collects toys and raises funds for local charities. New toys and donations are also collected at our jobsites and offices.
- Providing Simple Necessities—School supplies, food and warm clothing can make a huge difference to those in need. Our employees collect these items for organizations such as Buses ‘N Backpacks as well as local hospitals.
On various jobsites, project teams make their own contributions to the community. In addition to employees from DPR’s San Francisco office, the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay team volunteered to build sandcastles for Leap Arts in Education’s Sandcastle Contest, which is a fundraiser for children’s arts education programs.
Also, the DPR Fortis team on the Facebook Prineville Data Center project collects toys for the Toys for Tots Foundation at their jobsite. These are merely examples; each project site is unique in its community contribution.
Whether organizing food, blood, clothing or toy drives or providing support to organizations such as CANstruction or ACE (Architect, Construction, Engineering) Mentoring Program (to name a few), DPR exists to build great things and that includes the communities in which we live and operate.