February 22, 2016

Genentech CCP-2 Project Wins 2016 Facility of the Year Award

Congratulations to the Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, team for winning a coveted 2016 Facility of the Year Award (FOYA) in the Process Innovation category for the Cell Culture Biologics Drug Substance Plant 2 (CCP-2) Manufacturing Facility and Return to Service (RTS) project. 

Developed by the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), FOYAs recognize the best pharmaceutical science and manufacturing industry projects in the world. The FOYA program seeks to showcase accomplishments in facility design, construction, and operation while sharing new technologies or advanced applications of existing technology. The FOYA judging team is made up of senior industry leaders with global experience across all sectors of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturing industry.

This year’s winning Process Innovation project focused on an upgrade to the original CCP-2 facility that was put into an “idle” status in 2010 and a fast-track Return to Service project that was driven by product demand levels that had tripled in recent years. 

At 450,000 sq. ft., the CCP-2 expansion to Genentech’s Vacaville, CA facility makes it one of the largest biotechnology fermentation facilities of its kind in the world. The CCP-2 facility includes manufacturing and support space, which houses some of the largest scale cell culture drug substance production equipment in the industry, including 8 x 25 KL production reactors. 

This project took an innovative approach to process and equipment design to improve the facility’s reliability and efficiency. Examples include: highly automated CIP systems, buffer concentrates, buffer bags, and in-line concentrates, as well as a centralized resin slurry and delivery system. 

Process innovations include: 
•    High titer yields at the largest bioreactor scale used in the industry, 
•    The conversion of downstream processing, and 
•    An all-fluid handling system to support the recovery of this higher titer output compared to the original installation’s lower titer design criteria.

Upgrading the existing CCP-2 facility to support new process technology instead of constructing a new building saved the owner $50 million. The project team also finished two months ahead of an aggressive 15 month schedule, making this truly a project of perseverance and a testament to the terrific amount of drive, innovation, and creativity from everyone who worked on the project. 

Fun Fact: DPR Construction was the builder for original CCP-2 Manufacturing Facility and Return to Service projects. In addition, DPR also built the Genentech Oceanside Production Operations facility, which won the ISPE’s 2007 FOYA in the Project Execution category and the overall 2007 Facility of the Year award. 

February 10, 2016

Build It Again, DPR

Almost 20 years after first entering the Richmond, Virginia market to build a semiconductor plant for Motorola and Siemens—a project that still ranks as one of the fastest-to-market facilities of its kind ever built—DPR is back at the same site. The current project? Repurposing and converting the former White Oak Semiconductor plant into a modern data center for Quality Technology Services (QTS).

“I guess if you’re in the technical building industry long enough, you get to build great things twice,” said DPR's Mike White, who is managing the current QTS data center project and also managed the original White Oak project back in the 1990s. 

With a wealth of technical expertise, this project was a perfect fit for DPR to take on. However, that's not to say the project was without its challenges, including aggressive energy use goals and a focus on the maximum repurposing of existing assets. 

How did the project team tackle these challenges? Find out by reading the full story here

February 4, 2016

Ramping Up SPW Operational Excellence

In 2014, DPR’s self-perform work (SPW) group in Florida logged less than 50,000 work hours across the state. Fast-forward one year, and the group closes out 2015 with more than double that—115,000 work hours. The reason behind this rapid growth? Hiring, training, and giving crews the right tools to complete projects for the Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach offices. 

“From day one, our initial focus was to hire the right team, and build technical expertise in our crews,” said Charles Wiggins, DPR Florida’s lead self-perform estimator.

On one current SPW Florida project—a 200,000-sq.-ft. hospitality renovation—the team is putting technology to use in modeling framing components with a focus on prefabrication, which is not only improving quality but will shorten the schedule when compared to a traditional framing installation.

With new projects breaking ground across the country, an SPW mentorship program will begin this year, aimed at bringing up young talent in the industry and creating future leaders. 

Get the full story on our SPW work here.  

January 28, 2016

DPR Corner: Proud Technical Builders

Our people are passionate about technical projects of all sizes and levels of complexity. As the industry and DPR evolve, things have changed over the last 25 years; however, technical expertise has always been one of our defining strategies.

When asked to define technical expertise, our customers most often responded with answers including mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) and other discipline expertise, lessons learned from relevant experience and know-how. DPR agrees. We ask our employees to know our customers’ business, industry and values as well as they know their own so we can offer real value throughout the life of a project. 

Additionally, we want our builders to understand the “why,” “how” and “what” of every project. It’s imperative to know “why” each building system is selected for a particular project and “why” it makes economic sense over the life cycle of the building. We want to be hands-on with the “what” of each system and the “how” that system is installed, tested, started-up and commissioned. We want all of our project teams to take personal ownership in building technical expertise. 

We are proud that our customers recognize DPR’s technical expertise—and we will continue to challenge ourselves to develop the next generation of technical builders that will build great things for the future.

Read the full story here

January 22, 2016

Trust is Key for First IPD Data Center for Digital Realty

DPR’s longstanding relationship with Digital Realty (DLR), forged over the course of more than a decade and more than 150 successful data center projects across the U.S., laid the groundwork for DLR’s first time using integrated project delivery (IPD) on a data center project in Richardson, TX.

By entering into a seven-party integrated form of agreement (IFOA), the IPD team shared all project risks and rewards on the $37.3 million, 140,000-sq.-ft. project. 

Like any challenging data center project, DLR's data center saw its fair share of challenges, such as schedule pressure due to intense rainfall, and the fact that this was the first IPD project that many of the firms involved had ever undertaken. However, the project was completed on the original 10-month schedule in July, approximately $500,000 under the original targeted value. The DLR data center came to be a true testament of what can be accomplished by a solution-oriented team backed by a high degree of trust, collaboration, and a shared commitment to finish on time and under budget. 

To learn more, read the full article here

January 19, 2016

MLK Service Day with American YouthWorks and Violet Crown Trail

DPR's Austin office employees used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to get their hands dirty with two of their long-time community partners.

DPR's Matt Hoglund presents a check for $40,000 to American YouthWorks following a landscape volunteer day.

DPR volunteers joined youth from the American YouthWorks program on Monday to clean the historic Burdett Prairie Cemetery and adjacent greenbelt trail. DPR has worked with American YouthWorks and their YouthBuild program in Austin for more than three years. In addition to hands-on work and training with the students, DPR donates the proceeds from their annual golf tournament to the organization. The $40,000 check presented Monday brings total donations for the last three years to $90,000.

Teamwork in action: volunteers with chainsaws cut trunks and branches, other workers dragged them to the chipper, where additional volunteers loaded them in to be mulched.

A second DPR volunteer crew equipped with chainsaws and a chipper cleared cedar and underbrush for a new segment of the Violet Crown Trail. DPR has a three year commitment to the Hill Country Conservancy to provide manpower, equipment and financial support for the trail. After 15 years of land acquisition, planning and permitting, the first six mile section of the ultimately 30-mile trail opened in 2015. 

January 12, 2016

Looking Back on 25 Years and Forward to the Next 25

After celebrating 25 years of building great things, DPR co-founders Doug Woods, Peter Nosler and Ron Davidowski reflect on setting out to build something different in an industry traditionally resistant to change.

D, P and R expressed the importance of balance and continuing to adapt quickly as the company continues to grow. Why? "Being both entrepreneurial and disciplined has helped us become one of the leading builders in the country. If we can maintain that balance through our next phase of growth, there is nothing we cannot accomplish in the next 25 years and beyond."

When employees asked what advice they would give the next generation of leadership, they said it was simply about having the “right whos in the right seats” and providing them with the right opportunities and monstrous challenges to continue to develop and grow.

Finally, when questioned if DPR has truly "made it" yet, Doug, Peter, and Ron responded with, "For us, there has been no single defining moment but a series of opportunities and challenges that have impacted the company DPR is today and made us stronger. Not quite sure if we’ve 'made it' yet, but one thing is for certain, we will never stop trying."

Read the entire Q&A with Doug, Peter, and Ron here

January 8, 2016

DPR Craftsmen Recognized for Commitment to Safety

Building and maintaining a culture of safety takes the effort and commitment of every individual who sets foot on a DPR jobsite.

Just before the holiday, the Mid-Atlantic and Bay Area DPR offices held annual craft holiday luncheons and honored thirty DPR-employed craftsmen with the Troy Metcalfe Safety Award for surpassing 10,000 injury-free work hours. The award was first started in the Bay Area in 1997 and has been rewarding safe work practices among DPR employees ever since.

This marked the first time the Mid-Atlantic region gave out this award, which is named after Troy Metcalfe, the first DPR craftsperson to reach this prestigious goal. 

The award was given to the following DPR Mid-Atlantic employees, which covers Richmond, Baltimore and the Washington, D.C. area:

10,000 injury-free work hours 
Oscar Claros Amaya
Genry Reyes Alvarez
Eduardo Avila
Jesus Guzman Luna
Ruben Guzman Luna
Jose Miranda
Valdir Orellana
Arthur Payne
Cesar Ortiz Ramirez
Wilbur (Bud) Shoup, Jr.

The award was given to the following DPR Bay Area employees, which covers DPR’s San Francisco, Redwood City and San Jose offices:

10,000 injury-free work hours 
Ricardo Fernandez
Francisco Franco
Juan Gonzalez
Manuel Pat Gonzalez
Jose Martinez
Gilberto Orozco
Anthony Pacheco
Antonio Perez
Santos Poblano
Jose Rodriguez
Demetri Williams
Dustin Wynne

20,000 injury-free work hours 
Cesar Rodriguez Gonzalez
Leonardo Heredia
Jose Ramos
Pedro Rodriguez
Jose Flores Velasco

30,000 injury-free work hours 
David Guereca
George Sweet

40,000 injury-free work hours 
Ramon Tapia

Every recipient of this award embodies our dedication to achieving an Injury-Free Environment, a goal DPR has set to ensure that there are zero incidents on every project. To celebrate their hard work and commitment to putting safety first on the jobsite, each recipient was given one week additional paid vacation time and $2,000 in travel expenses.

January 4, 2016

Project Awards, Milestones, and More Across DPR

As we wrap up our 25th anniversary year, check out the latest good news from all over DPR. Here is a snapshot of company news, including project milestones, community outreach, industry events, and awards in the Across DPR section of the latest DPR Review newsletter.

Some highlights include:

Two-year-old Isabella helps the project team put the final tile into place at the new Nemours Children’s Hospital’s new Ronald McDonald House (Photo Credit: Ronald McDonald House

December 23, 2015

DPR Continues to Build Relationship with Boys & Girls Club in Metro Richmond

More than a dozen DPR Richmond, VA, office volunteers and family members recently helped make the holidays a little brighter for an estimated 150 local children at a winter Solstice dinner at the Southside Boys & Girls Club.

Photo courtesy Diane Rossini

The DPR volunteers assisted with dinner service and participated in games, craft-making and other activities during the Dec. 11 event, delivering a special night for area children who rely on the Boys & Girls Club for a variety of services. In addition to dinner, the children and volunteers enjoyed playing football on the unusually balmy night and participated in a variety of take-home crafts including picture frames, jewelry-making and face-painting.

Darricka Carter, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond, commented, “DPR's support made it possible for our Southside Club to plan a fun-filled holiday event that was exciting for every kid in the Club!"  

Diane Rossini, who helped organize the volunteer effort for DPR and serves as community liaison with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond, noted that the December event is just the latest in DPR’s expanding relationship with the five-clubhouse Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond.

Photo courtesy Diane Rossini

“It’s been a rewarding organization to work with,” Rossini commented. “The club members clearly benefit from the stability and support the Boys & Girls Club provides.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs in the Richmond area is stepping up its focus on supporting a previously underserved teen age group in the region with career and educational services, and there are plans on the books to build a separate teen center.

For its part, DPR is planning to participate in major quarterly events with the clubs, including putting on a School of Construction event in the fall of 2016. DPR will also employ its building expertise to assist with several facilities maintenance projects – something that is particularly needed since the aging facilities now range up to 90 years old.