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: 97
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


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. 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.

It's not just technolgy itself but the smart use of technology to support collaboration and improve project efficiency that makes the difference. 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.

Now, almost ten years after the start of the Camino project and 18 years since we first started using BIM, we use BIM on more than 85% of our projects

*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 to learn about some of the great DPR things of the last 25 years.

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 higher education projects completed to date, 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, DPR 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 and exceeded the owner’s high expectations on the project. 

Get the full story here in the latest issue of the DPR Review and learn even more in the extended case study.

Photo Credit: Brian Mihealsick

July 8, 2015

Project Awards, Milestones, and More Across DPR

The last several months have seen lots of good news from all over DPR. Check out 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:

  • The 1.2-million-sq.-ft. luxury JW Marriott Austin hotel (the largest JW Marriott in North America) is completed ahead of schedule for an early opening;  
  • DPR wins an Excellence in Safety Award for the 12th year in a row with an incident rate of 1.07 compared to the industry average of 3.8;
  • The 878,000-sq.-ft. UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay opens on schedule;
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes DPR's company-wide 31 percent reduction in greenhouse gases with a Climate Leadership Award in Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management; 
  • Arizona Commercial Real Estate (AZRE) magazine honors DPR with three Real Estate Development (RED) awards this year, bringing the total wins since 2009 to eight.

The JW Marriott Austin had more than 520,000 room nights reserved through the year 2021 before it opened.

July 2, 2015

DPR Celebrates 25 Years of Building Great Things

DPR Construction was founded 25 years ago today by Doug Woods, Peter Nosler and Ron Davidowski.

1990 was the same year that smoking was banned on domestic flights, Microsoft released Windows 3.0, Tim Berners-Lee developed the World Wide Web, and the first U.S. digital cellular call was made. It was also the year that Iraq invaded Kuwait, leading to the start of the Gulf War, and the Dow Jones closed the year at 2633, and the world entered a recession.

It was an uncertain time. Yet three construction industry veterans still set out to do something different in an industry traditionally resistant to change. Starting our first year with 11 employees, DPR grew and reached the $1 billion mark in less than 10 years.

Today with 20 offices, 3,000-plus employees and more than 8,700 projects completed totaling some $29.7 billion, we’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most progressive companies. We look forward to the next 25 years—working together to build a better future for generations to come.

Take a look at DPR in the early days:

 

We'll be celebrating our birthday on social media for the rest of the year. Look for #DPR25.

Happy Birthday, DPR! Happy Birthday, United States of America!

 

June 30, 2015

The Evolution of Projects, Processes and the Profession

How has the construction industry changed in the last 25 years?

Technology is only part of the answer.

In 1990, “The FedEx pick-up deadline and fax machines were the drivers of the day," says Martin Fischer, director of Stanford University’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE).

"Even a single computer on a jobsite was a big deal,” he continues.

How have innovations and pressures added to project complexity? How has project delivery shifted? What's the difference in the workforce? Learn the answers to these questions and more in the cover story of the latest DPR Review.

Check out the differences in technology from 1990 (pictured left) versus today (pictured right):

June 15, 2015

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay: Integrated Project, Integrated Delivery

The UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay in San Francisco is the nation’s first integrated project of its size and scope, according an article published by Healthcare Design, a resource that reaches, informs and influences key decision makers responsible for healthcare facilities.

The 289-bed, six-story, 878,000-sq.-ft. campus is home to three specialty hospitals:

  • The 183-bed Benioff Children’s Hospital with urgent/emergency care, primary care and specialty outpatient services.
  • The Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital offering cancer care, specialty surgery and 36-bed birth center.
  • The 70-bed Bakar Cancer Hospital for adults.

The team, which included DPR and Stantec, also built the project using an integrated approach—working together nearly 18 months prior to the start of construction to virtually design and construct the facility in the Integrated Center for Design and Construction (ICDC) onsite. Techniques including target value design, building information modeling (BIM), model-based estimating, and lean methodology allowed the team to reduce costs without reducing scope.

“There’s a lot of interest beyond our shores about how we were able to do this and how it can be adopted into other places,” UCSF Director of Design and Construction Stuart Eckblad told Healthcare Design. “I think we’ve made a significant contribution in how people are thinking about their buildings…and instead of thinking about the cost, thinking about the value.”

Completed late last year and opened on Feb. 1, the project has achieved LEED Gold certification and won a Fiatech CETI award for scenario-based project planning, as well as been spoken about at numerous national conferences, including ASHE PDC in San Antonio in March.