Eve R. Forward
DPR's Roving Reporter

Eve R.  Forward

Eve R. Forward is DPR Construction's roving reporter. Born in 1990 in Redwood City, Eve lives and breathes DPR...Literally.

Posts: 101
Location: Redwood City, California
Favorite core value: Ever Forward, naturally! I was named after this core value.
Hometown: I was born in Redwood City, but now I live all over the country.
Best part of the job: Asking the hard-hitting questions that need answers.
Posts In: Communities, Construction Technologies, Corporate Office, Data Centers and Mission Critical, Healthcare, Higher Education, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Lean, Life Sciences, News, Safety, Sustainability, Technical Papers, Videos


August 28, 2015

Do Core Values Affect Company Performance? Research Says Yes

Companies with unique core values outperform their industry peers.

That’s one of the conclusions Karsten Jonsen, Charles Galunic, John Weeks and Tania Braga made in their research paper published in April, titled “Evaluating espoused values: Does articulating values pay off?”

The researchers looked at Fortune 100 companies from 2005 to 2008 to determine whether their corporate values differed from other companies in the same industry and whether it had any correlation with the financial performance of those companies.

The researchers found that many of these companies listed the same values—32 in all. But when companies differentiated themselves by adopting uncommon values, it had a positive effect on their performance. In other words, companies that sought to create a unique culture within their industry outperformed their peers.

One of DPR’s four core values is uniqueness. We define it as “seeking to be different from and more progressive than all other construction companies." 

DPR's purpose and core values are a starting point that help clearly define who we are and what we stand for as a company. In a recent survey, 100% of DPR employees said they “know, understand and support” our core values:

  • Integrity
  • Enjoyment
  • Uniqueness
  • Ever Forward
     

*This blog post is part of a series that celebrates DPR's silver anniversary and focuses on 25 great things from the company from over 25 years. Here's the last one. Follow #DPR25 on social media to learn more.

August 25, 2015

Southern California’s Dave Seastrom Talks Trends

“Our job is to advise our customers about potential risks and mitigation factors,” says DPR's Dave Seastrom. “Planning, safety, quality and schedule are not independent activities, but all connected," he continues. "Upfront planning in preconstruction, which includes procurement strategies and construction sequencing to address changing market conditions, allows us to provide creative solutions and deliver projects that meet our customers’ needs.”

With 33 years of industry experience, Seastrom currently serves as regional manager of DPR's Southern California region. He grew up fascinated with his father’s industrial engineering work and went on to earn a degree from USC in civil engineering with an emphasis in construction. However, it was not the calculations or engineering design he was passionate about, but the actual implementation. 

Since joining DPR in 2004, he has seen exponential improvement in the construction industry. 

“Even after all these years, I still marvel at the progress project teams make on a job in a day, one week, or a month,” says Seastrom.

Learn more about Seastrom and the evolution of the industry here

 

August 13, 2015

BD+C Giants 300 Report Reveals Trends, Ranks DPR No. 11 Contractor In Nation

Curious about the future of the architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry as well as forward-looking trends within various building sectors? Building Design+Construction (BD+C) magazine's 2015 Giants 300 Report, released earlier this month, reveals that and more. According to the comprehensive report, DPR ranked No. 11 on the list of the largest contractors, as part of its ranking of the largest A/E/C firms in the nation overall, based on revenue.

Sector Rankings 
This year, in addition to the No. 11 spot, DPR ranked in the following sectors so far:

  • #7 in healthcare
  • #9 in office
  • #9 in green
  • #13 in BIM
  • #13 in reconstruction
  • #17 in university
  • #27 in multifamily
  • #44 in government 

Other rankings, such as data centers, will be coming soon.

Building and Sector Trends, Insights

  • According to the construction report, the industry can "expect spending for nonresidential construction to rise in 2015 by somewhere in the 6.4–7.7% range." 
  • In an assessment of healthcare, the report revealed that "hospital and medical office construction [is] facing a slow but steady recovery." The report also mentions that "in Florida, where healthcare construction is up 20% from 2010, DPR Construction recently started on the 33,000-sf Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Working with architect HKS, the contractor is renovating existing therapy spaces, upgrading exterior features, and adding an aquatic therapy center."

A Dream + 80 Million Hours
Delivering great projects and great value to clients has led to DPR's consistently strong ranking on the BD+C's Giants 300 report. Living proof that giant dreams can yield spectacular results, DPR was built on the dream of its three founders 25 years ago, and as of today, employees have put in some 80 million work hours total since 1990. Suspending the laws of nature, it would take a single, very tired, person around 9,000 years to do that (if they worked nonstop).

The Self-Perform Work Component
Part of the 80 million hours is self-perform work, which makes up a growing proportion of DPR's total work hours. As a general contractor and builder with its own crews performing trade work, including concrete, drywall and doors, this helps us maintain control over schedule, quality, safety and cost on projects. It also gives the flexibility to explore and adopt innovative ways to work and source materials, delivering better projects and better overall value to clients.

*This blog post is part of a series that celebrates DPR's silver anniversary and focuses on 25 great things from the company from over 25 years. Here's the last one. Follow #DPR25 on social media to learn more.

August 7, 2015

Understanding Cybercrime and Ways to Reduce Risk

Have you used your phone to respond to email or search online in the past few days, hours, or minutes? The answer, for most of us, is a resounding "yes."

As a data center builder, DPR knows the importance of data protection. Last year, DPR and a handful of partners hosted the second bi-annual Data Center Technical Summit (DCTS). The event was geared toward data center end users and the theme was “Managing Your IT Risk: Data Center Innovation in a Rapidly Evolving Industry.”

The keynote speaker was U.S. Navy veteran turned CEO and founder of GovCloud Network, Kevin L. Jackson, who spends his days fighting cybercrime and helping businesses leverage cloud computing.

In a recent article, Jackson stresses the fact that understanding the ins-and-outs of cyber security is more important now than ever before. He says the biggest barrier to the adoption of cloud computing on an enterprise level is a lack of understanding around the advancements made in cloud security in recent years. Jackson offers practical advice about managing both personal and corporate risk online.

Read the Q&A to get the full story.

July 30, 2015

18 Years of BIM

The industry has evolved in the last 25 years since DPR was founded. Building information modeling (BIM), however, has been a part of DPR since the early days of the company. As a long-established leader in virtual design and construction (VDC) and BIM, we know that it's not just the technology alone, but the smart use of technology that can help the right project team deliver predictable results and improve project efficiency.

We used an early version of BIM in 1997 on a project in the Bay Area for basic site logistics, visualization and construction sequencing to identify time/space conflicts.

Ten years later, DPR achieved a major breakthrough on Sutter Health’s Camino Medical Group Mountain View campus, which completed in 2007. Camino was the first DPR project to use a combination of BIM, integrated project delivery (IPD) and lean methodology.

On the Camino project, the team's strategic use of BIM on the 250,000-sq.-ft. outpatient medical center resulted in an estimated cost and time savings of at least $9 million and six months over the traditional CM-at-risk approach. Since then, the benefits and services of BIM have continued to evolve.

Now, almost ten years after the start of the Camino project and 18 years since we first started using it, we use BIM on 85% of our projects before work even begins in the field.

*This blog post is part of a series that celebrates DPR's silver anniversary and focuses on 25 great things from the company from over 25 years. Here's the last one

Follow #DPR25 on social media to learn more.

July 24, 2015

Transforming Higher Education at SCUP Conference

Last week, the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s 50th annual conference took place in Chicago.

DPR's Tracy De Leuw attended the conference and reported, "The theme was around strengthening and transforming education. Attendance was at an all-time high, hitting 1,800. In addition to the central theme, the conference highlighted the concept of integrated planning as a sustainable approach. The concepts of building relationships between schools and preparedness for change also resonated throughout the sessions."

He continued, "SCUP is a great platform to catalyze transformational planning in higher education."

Projects within the higher education market require helping college and university customers determine the best strategy for minimizing budget and maximizing results on renovations, upgrades and new construction.

With close to 400 education/classroom space projects completed to date (and growing), DPR is proud to build spaces where teachers can shape young minds. For example, here's one we're currently building in downtown Austin for the University of Texas.

*This blog post is part of a series that celebrates DPR's silver anniversary and focuses on 25 great things from the company from over 25 years.Here's the first one. Follow #DPR25 on social media to learn more.

July 23, 2015

Troy Metcalfe: A Safety Legend

Affectionately known as “Big Daddy,” Troy Metcalfe retired last year after working more than 50,000 injury-free hours at DPR. Troy has been with the company since its infancy, and has always perfectly embodied the spirit of DPR’s Injury-Free-Environment throughout his 23 years with the company.

In 1999, Troy was the first DPR craftsperson to reach 10,000 injury-free work hours. This milestone inspired the creation of the regional Troy Metcalfe Safety Award and since then, almost 200 awards have been presented to Bay Area craftspeople.

The epitome of DPR excellence, Troy was not only recognized for the exceptional safety example he set in the field, but also his genuinely warm personality. Doug Woods—the "D" in DPR—said it best at last year's craft celebration, “Troy is what you want in an employee. He is a true ambassador for DPR, even beyond safety.”

Read more about Troy here in the latest issue of the DPR Review and watch the video starring “Big Daddy” himself. 

Photo Credit: Rosetti Photography

July 17, 2015

Special Guest at Ronald McDonald House at Nemours Children’s Hospital Jobsite (Video)

On Wednesday, July 8th, DPR Special Services Group (SSG) team received help from a very special guest at the Ronald McDonald House at Nemours Children’s Hospital jobsite in Orlando.

Two-year-old Isabella Davis, along with her parents and big brother Skyler, joined DPR team members and project leaders to place the final tiles into a mosaic heart, symbolizing the official start of construction. The art piece will be incorporated into the House, tying back to its theme, “The House that Love Built.” What made the event even more symbolic? Isabella had just received her last chemotherapy treatment at Nemours!

 

Read an update on the House in the Orlando Sentinel here.

Learn more about the project and Ronald McDonald House here.

July 16, 2015

DPR Ranks No. 21 in the Nation

Over 25 years, we've learned that while some things change, some things stay the same...like DPR's rank on Engineering News-Record's 2015 Top 400 Contractors list. We first broke into the Top 50 in 1997 and since then, we've consistently remained among the Top 50 general contractors in the nation. 

DPR first broke into the Top 50 18 years ago at No. 46. This year, DPR placed No. 21 in the nation. We also ranked in the following categories on the 2015 list:

  • #8 in telecommunications,
  • #11 in domestic building and manufacturing,
  • #17 in industrial, and
  • #20 in new contracts.

According to ENR, the Top 400 contractors generated $331.94 billion in contracting revenue in 2014, an increase of 2.4% from 2013’s $324.16 billion. Domestic contracting revenue accounted for the Top 400's overall increase this year, rising 7.8% in 2014, while international contracting revenue fell 15.6%. 

DPR's Mike Ford was also featured in The Top 400 Dialogue section: "Our strategy in uncertain times is to focus on the types of projects and markets where we have the most experience and insight and to invest heavily in our talent, making sure DPR continues as a great place to work."

About 25 Years, 25 Great Things

To help celebrate DPR's 25th birthday, we thought we'd share some tidbits, taking a look back at where we've been. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for more 25 great DPR things from over 25 years that we'll be sharing for the remainder of this year. Founded in July 1990, we’ve seen the world change as we’ve grown from the vision of three construction veterans to the national technical builder we are today

 

Follow #DPR25 on social media to learn about some of the great DPR things of the last 25 years.

July 15, 2015

High-Stakes Medical Center Project Exceeds Expectations

“No surprises” was the DPR team motto on the St. David’s North Austin Medical Center expansion project. In one of the most complex and high-stakes projects that many DPR team members had ever taken on, careful planning and communication were crucial for reaching intense schedule milestones.

This $34 million, multiphasic project included an intensive 95,000-sq.-ft. vertical expansion of this fully operational hospital in Austin, Texas. Some of the work was often directly in the middle of the most sensitive areas of the hospital, such as the neonatal intensive care unit.

Although confronted with many challenges, the team not only completed the work on an accelerated 12 month schedule, but also took extraordinary measures to minimize impact on the medical center’s existing operations. The team truly lived its motto, delivered predictable results and exceeded the owner’s high expectations on the project.

Get the full story here and learn even more in the extended case study.

Photo Credit: Brian Mihealsick