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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: 85
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, Sustainability, Technical Papers, Videos


February 10, 2015

BIM-Enabled Virtual Reality at VA Hospital Renovation

At a renovation project within a working hospital at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS), DPR is using Oculus Rift goggles to let end users virtually walk through BIM mockups. The team broke ground on this beta technology, which was originally created for the video games industry.

Using the goggles, end users (doctors and nurses, in this case) can explore the finished space and give feedback before construction begins. Given the portability of the system, the team can set up user feedback sessions easily and quickly, which is essential given the hospital staff's limited availability as well as space constraints.

How has the team's use of this technology benefitted the project?

  • Creating an immersive virtual mockup using Oculus Rift cost just a fraction—less than 15%—of what was originally budgeted for a physical mockup.
  • Virtual walk-throughs yielded more than 35 suggested changes (including added storage space and moving equipment).

Get the full story here.


Photo Credit: Mollie Shackleford

February 5, 2015

Tracking Green at Space Designed for Net-Zero Energy

At DPR's San Francisco office-—which is designed for net-zero energy—it's all about collecting data and using it for optimization. Like each DPR green/net-zero energy building before it, DPR will use the collected building data to improve the next space. 

The office uses 3 primary data collection and building management technologies, which include:

  • Integrated Honeywell building management system—the “brains” of the building;
  • Lucid Building Dashboard®— the key energy use “benchmarking” tool; and
  • LEED Dynamic Plaque™—a new technology that tracks LEED certification. 

Learn more about how DPR is using these technologies to optimize the high-performing building in this article.


DPR's office is one of the earliest adopters piloting the new LEED Dynamic Plaque™. Photo Credit: Lyzz Schwegler

January 30, 2015

Data Centers and Beers…What’s the Connection?

Pint, 6-pack, 36-pack or keg? 

In DPR's latest white paper—The Convergence of Healthcare and IT—the considerations that go into deciding whether to lease or own a data center are compared to buying beer.

Selecting the right data center solution for managing electronic health records—or combination of solutions—has serious business consequences for owners. The right option depends on a company’s size and need. 

Choices range from the "full service data" option of leasing servers from cloud providers (like buying a pint at a bar) to the "do it yourself" option of owning and operating one's own data center (like purchasing a keg). 

Read more here or read the full white paper, written by DPR's Hamilton Espinosa, David Ibarra and Mark Thompson. 


Photo Credit: David Cox

January 20, 2015

A Bird’s Eye View: Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Data Collection

On more than 15 DPR projects nationwide, project teams are reaping the benefits of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or "drones").

Teams are using this technology for data collection. UAVs fly across project jobsites and take up to thousands of pictures. The pictures are then stitched into a large mosaic image, which project teams can use as a map to communicate and collaborate.

Pictured above: The team building the Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice and Simulation at the University of San Diego uses their images and video to communicate project updates.

Learn more here: Experience a "Day in the Life" of DPR project teams that use UAVs.

Want to learn even more about UAVs in general? Here's a recent Wall Street Journal article (subscription required) about the phenomenon.

January 13, 2015

Technology Pushing Greater Service (at Lower Cost) for Life of Building

In an in-depth Q&A with DPR's Atul Khanzode, he shares the insight gained through his decade of virtual design and construction (VDC) and lean experience on complex projects. Khanzode leads DPR’s strategic VDC technology initiatives.

"It’s not so much about the specific technologies we’re using, but more about how we are applying those technologies to enhance the delivery process for our customers," he says. 

Khanzode also touches on major challenges facing the industry, what's popular in construction technology and how it's changing the construction industry. 

"The use of tested technologies is playing a key role in adding reliability to the process, allowing us to better predict project outcomes for our customers," he says.


Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) are helpful in data collection so teams can track construction progress (just one example of a construction technology trend)

January 6, 2015

How Team’s Technical Expertise Helped Gulfstream Project Soar

With BIM and lean techniques being especially helpful for equipment and schedule coordination, DPR Hardin built a 430,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing space for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. 

Gulfstream develops and manufactures the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. However, it wasn't DPR Hardin’s deep aerospace experience that ultimately won the job; it was solid technical expertise, which offers clear parallels to aerospace manufacturing.

How did collaboration with the owner, a unique foundation and a complex web of infrastructure systems factor into the equation? 

Read the full story here to learn more (including why it was described as "one of coolest, most challenging and satisfying jobs most of the team has ever built").


Photo by David Robinson Photography

January 2, 2015

Which 3 Healthcare Trend Predictions Are Ringing True Today?

Published 2 years ago, DPR's "Future of Healthcare" study identified the most significant, long-term trends in healthcare and its impact on facilities. The study was a yearlong effort to interview and survey more than 40 executives and leaders in healthcare and the architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) industries.

Some of the findings included:

  • Prediction #1: Renovation and adaptive reuse will increase;
  • Prediction #2: Outpatient services will continue to be the focal point for growth; and
  • Prediction #3: Technology/data intensity will be crucial. 

DPR is now seeing these trends manifested in the healthcare projects it’s working on, particularly those that are coming to its Special Services Group (SSG)

SSG is DPR’s team of builders who focus on quicker and smaller-scale projects. Of DPR's 7,500 completed smaller-scale projects (valued in the $5 million or less range), about 20% were in the healthcare sector. 

Read more about healthcare trends here in the latest issue of the DPR Review newsletter. 

An example of adaptive reuse, Texas Children’s Outpatient Therapy and Specialty Care Clinics were constructed in 17,500 sq. ft. of an existing suburban strip mall in Houston. (Photo by Jud Haggard Photography)

December 18, 2014

Happy Holidays from DPR Construction!

'Twas weeks before the new year and a video we did make (click the image below to check it out)...


From all of us at DPR, we wish you a happy holiday season!

December 17, 2014

ENR Picks Net-Zero Energy Office as Project of the Year

“A beautifully done project that pushed existing technology.”

That’s how one of the Engineering News-Record (ENR) judges described ENR’s Northern California Project of the Year and Best Green Project: DPR’s net-zero energy designed office in San Francisco.


The team with the award at the ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Andrea Walker)

There were 140 total entries for ENR California’s Best Project Award. Judges evaluated projects on five distinct criteria:

  1. Overcoming challenges and teamwork
  2. Safety
  3. Innovation & contribution to the industry/community
  4. Construction quality & craftsmanship
  5. Function & aesthetic quality of design

Along with DPR as the builder, the design and consulting team included FME Architecture + Design, Integral Group, Paradigm Structural Engineers, Inc., Decker Electric, Anderson, Row & Buckley, Inc. and 58 other essential partners.

In five months, the team researched, designed, permitted and built the highly-efficient, 24,000-sq.-ft. modern workplace with a number of sustainability features, including the LEED Dynamic Plaque. DPR’s office and the U.S. Green Building Council’s headquarters in Washington, DC, are the first two to use the LEED Dynamic Plaque, which is a building performance monitoring and scoring platform.

Watch the videos below, which explain DPR's net-zero energy designed office and its LEED Dynamic Plaque.

 

December 2, 2014

What Gets Measured Gets Done

Measurement is key to getting things done. This is especially true when it comes to creating smarter, better functioning buildings to bridge the gap between predicted and actual building systems’ performance.

To achieve net-zero certification, for example, organizations such as the International Living Future Institute look at a building’s annual performance to ensure that it produces all of its energy (examples include DPR's Phoenix Regional Office and the Packard Foundation Headquarters). 

However, at DPR, we believe that there needs to be an energy measurement for all buildings beyond LEED, not just net-zero buildings. This will help building owners and users compare results to improve building performance. 

Learn about what DPR’s Management Committee recommended for the industry to benchmark energy usage. 

(Hint: It's a metric called energy use intensity.)