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: 113
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 Center, Data Centers and Mission Critical, Healthcare, Higher Education, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Lean, Life Sciences, News, Safety, Sustainability, Technical Papers, Videos

November 12, 2015

Offices and Projects: From Sea to Shining Sea

For 25 years, DPR has been serving customers across the nation by bringing our technical expertise to a regional level through our 20 offices. These regional offices allow us to support customers wherever we are needed and respond to the frequently changing needs of the construction industry.  

Throughout these regions, DPR and its customers have been hard at work. Curious? Here's a peek at some of the many exciting projects being accomplished, from sea to shining sea:

  • In Texas, we broke ground on the Capital One Plano campus. The 5,900 employees on campus will be glad to hear that this four-story building will include a game room, collaboration spaces, cafeteria, and training rooms. This will be the seventh building on the Plano campus and is expected to be complete by early 2017. 
  • In the Mid-Atlantic, we continue to be part of the growing data center presence and recently broke ground on the 45-acre Equinix Ashburn North Campus. This will add 1.2 million sq. ft. of data center space to the area in Northern Virginia referred to as “Data Center Alley,” where up to 70% of the world’s internet traffic flows through.
  • In Florida, we are renovating the Boca Raton Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute. This project will make it possible for patients to receive speech therapy, assisted daily living, cardiac rehabilitation, wound care, aquatic therapy, diabetes treatment and more.  
  • In San Diego, the next generation of nurse scientists, educators, and practitioners are continuing their education at the University of San Diego Beyster Institute for Nursing Research.  This new building, complete with a simulation facility featuring computerized mannequins, was completed in just 16 months and is now a national model for nursing education.

The list could go on, but we'll keep it brief. While this is just a glimpse of what we're up to, DPR's strong national presence allows us to continously embark on many amazing projects such as these and provide a consistent experience for our customers every time. 

*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

November 6, 2015

What Makes a Workplace Great?

If you’re sitting in your office reading this, take a moment and look around. What do you enjoy most about your workplace? Is it something specific, or is it something a little less tangible? What is it exactly that makes a workplace great?  

  • According to Gallup, the average American adult works 47 hours a week, which adds up to 2,256 hours of your life per year. That is just one of the many reasons why CEOs, HR departments, and psychologists across the country have put in so much time and effort into researching what makes a workplace great.
  • Ron Friedman, a psychologist and business consultant, recently published a book called, The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace. In his book, Friedman suggests that one of the best things employers can do for their workplaces is to challenge their employees, without overwhelming them. With the right amount of challenge, employees will feel empowered to come up with their own best approach or solution to a problem.
  • In addition to empowerment, people need to feel like they are part of one culture. When Fortune magazine spoke to China Gorman, the CEO of the Great Place to Work Institute, she said companies succeed when they create one consistent culture throughout the entire organization. By doing so, employees will be better equipped for collaboration, which ensures customers will have a consistently excellent experience.  

DPR strives to not only build great things, but to build great people – and it shows.

For five consecutive years, DPR has been awarded a spot on Fortune’s Best Places to Work list for reasons such as our open culture and our environment of trust that empowers employees at all levels to make decisions in the best interest of our projects, our customers and our company. This feeling of empowerment can be felt throughout all of DPR’s regions. In 2015 alone, the Triangle Business Journal, the Dallas Business JournalFlorida Trend, and the San Francisco Business Times have all given DPR top spots on their lists of the best places to work.  

*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.

October 30, 2015

Treat Yourself Safely - Happy Halloween!

Safety is a value at DPR Construction. Whether it’s on the job or at home with family and friends, we want you to have a spooktacular time. Following are a few safety reminders as you head into the night in search of treats or a good holiday fright:

 Walk Safely: Flashlights will not only help you see, but help others see you. On average, twice as many child pedestrians are injured on Halloween compared to any other day of the year. Look both ways before crossing the street and use crosswalks wherever possible.
 Treat Safely: Examine all treats for choking hazards, tampering and allergy risks before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
 Dress Safely: Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls. Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for increased visibility.
 Drive Safely: Children may be hard to see in costume. Reduce any distractions inside your car so that you can concentrate on the road, and be alert for children or little monsters wandering into the street.
 Carve Safely: Use the right tools and do the decorative work before taking off the top of the pumpkin to reduce the likelihood of hand injury. Also use a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle in your jack-o-lantern. Be cautious of lit candles (don’t leave them unattended).

Did you know? 
Halloween is more than 2,000 years old. The origins of Halloween have been traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated on Nov. 1 as a time to honor all saints. The evening before (Oct. 31) was known as All Hallow’s Eve and later Halloween. People would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.

DPR Construction is 25 years old. The origins of DPR have been traced back to a temporary workspace off of Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto. In November of 1990, DPR moved into its new office in Redwood City, where Peter Nosler and Peter Salvati built the wall behind the front lobby desk—DPR’s first self-perform work. Everything was new and being invented to ward off the status quo.

Thank you for helping to move the industry forward and turning a vision into reality.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

October 29, 2015

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Wins ENR Award

In the last month or so, there's been a flurry of activity around the integrated UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay project:

  • The 878,000-sq.-ft. medical facility won ENR California’s best healthcare project in Northern California.
  • Members of the project team spoke at the 28th annual Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo, held October 6-8 in Chicago, IL. Professionals from all areas of healthcare facility delivery came together to examine the latest trends, perspectives, products and solutions in the market sector. This year’s theme: the intersection of design and wellness. 

At the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo, DPR’s Ray Trebino joined J. Stuart Eckblad, director, design & construction for the UCSF Medical Center’s Mission Bay Hospitals project, and Stantec’s Laurel Harrison, to lead a session on the $1.5 billion UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay project. The session’s focus: How they brought together a community of more than 1,200 individuals to deliver one of the largest healthcare projects ever completed in the U.S. ahead of schedule and under budget – all while creating an optimal healing environment. Fostering a culture of shared values, vision, behaviors and processes, the team took healthcare delivery to the next level on this world-class project that opened on Feb. 1 this year.

Starting in May 2009—more than a year and a half before construction began—more than 250 architects, engineers and contractors co-located in the Integrated Center for Design and Construction (ICDC) on the 14-acre site to build a high-performing team focused on “first, doing what’s best for the project.” The result is one of the greenest urban hospitals in the nation, which received LEED Gold certification prior to occupancy. The facility was delivered eight days early despite implementing nearly $55 million in changes and passed the California Department of Public Health’s licensing inspections with “no deficiencies” in 2 days, which is unprecedented among new California hospitals (which average 30 days for this process). 

Photo Credit: Rien van Rijthoven

And it seems certain that many healthcare projects will continue to comprise a growing share of the healthcare market landscape in the near future. It’s been three years since DPR published its “Future of Healthcare” study, but the findings and implications from this yearlong survey of executives and leaders in healthcare and the A/E/C industry remain highly relevant.

As we look to the future of healthcare, we also look back at the close to 1,300 hospital/medical center projects that DPR has completed in the last 25 years (since our birthday in July).

*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.

October 27, 2015

Data Center Alley Grows with DPR’s Newest Data Center Project

Up to 70 percent of the world’s internet traffic flows through Loudoun County’s nearly six million sq. ft. of data centers each day, dubbing the Northern Virginia region “Data Center Alley.”

Since 1999, DPR has been part of the growing data center presence in Virginia and is continuing its role in the economic development of the county with its newest project, the Equinix Ashburn North campus, which broke ground October 15th.

Photo courtesy of DPR's Oksanna Kozyra

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Maurice Jones, and Buddy Rizer from Loudoun County’s Department of Economic Development were among the nearly 100 attendees at the jobsite’s groundbreaking ceremony.

Comstock applauded Equinix and DPR for contributing to the growth of Loudoun County, noting that projects like Ashburn North help to bring more jobs to the area, contributing to the fact that Loudoun County is one of the best places to live in Virginia.

Rendering courtesy of Equinix, Inc.

The 45-acre Equinix Ashburn North campus will add 1.2 million sq. ft. of new data center space, contained within five new data centers, adding to Equinix’s existing stock of 10 data centers in the North Ashburn area. Major components of the early phases of the project include the mass earthwork, wet and dry utilities, paving and landscaping – set to be completed in early 2016.

Here is some media coverage from the ceremony and the project:

October 23, 2015

ENR’s Annual Sourcebook: Rankings, Trends and Industry Insights

Recently, Engineering-News Record (ENR)—a publication often referred to as the “bible” of the construction industry—published its Sourcebook for 2015 (subscription needed for link). The results show that the U.S. construction industry is generally moving in the right direction. ENR Sourcebook supplements the initial Top 400 list, which is published in June.

Slow but steady growth seems to be the overall market tempo, according to ENR. 

As a whole, ENR described 2014 (the source year for its 2015 rankings) as a “pretty good year” that saw contracting revenue increasing 2.4% from 2013 to a sum total of $331.94 billion for the Top 400 U.S. builders. In addition to the rankings, the ENR Sourcebook offers a wealth of industry insight and analysis on the growth drivers, market movements and current challenges facing our industry. Among the trends this year: Doing more with less.  

In its analysis of the booming office sector, ENR quoted DPR’s Mike Ford who noted that the strong cycle in the office market sector is expected to continue for at least three years.  “All of our [geographic] markets in office are strong right now,” Ford said. Last year, DPR more than doubled its national revenues in the commercial office market from the year prior, thanks to a boom in that sector and supported by our expertise in helping clients meet and exceed their green and sustainable building needs, among other things.

For DPR’s part, we continue a multi-year trend of being ranked among the top five to ten percent or so of U.S. construction firms by overall volume on the ENR’s annual Top 400 Contractors List. Holding steady with the year prior, in 2015 we again came in at spot #21, backed by $2.66 billion in 2014 revenue.

DPR also was ranked on a number of market specific sub-lists that were called out within both the ENR 2015 Sourcebook and the Top 400 list. Among these, we were ranked:

  • #3 in Pharmaceuticals
  • #6 in Data Centers
  • #7 in Commercial Office 
  • #8 in Healthcare  
  • #8 in Telecommunications
  • #9 in Aerospace
  • #11 in Green Building Contractors
  • #16 on the Top 50 contractors by volume in the General Building category
  • #18 in Industrial Process
  • #20 in Hotels, Motels, and Convention Centers
  • #32 in Manufacturing

While ENR’s annual Sourcebook offers a chance to “check out the numbers," at DPR, we understand that our most important measures of success include how satisfied our clients are, how predictable our project outcomes are, and how much we are pushing our project practices “ever forward.” 

Our 25 year anniversary offers the chance to reflect not just on all the projects we've delivered since 1990 (as shown in the image below)—but more significantly, how we continuously work to create and sustain highly satisfied customers along the way.

*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.

October 6, 2015

News Round-Up and Look Back

Many of us work in constantly changing industries, and construction is no exception. In these kinds of environments, it's important to keep up with industry news to catch up on the latest best practices, and also see what's on the horizon.

This news article from 2008, for example, is a glimpse into the earlier days of building information modeling (BIM) in the construction industry. This article from Forbes is from 2010. As the use of BIM has evolved, the industry recognized it as a method that skilled teams could use to lower costs while maintaining a high level of quality and accuracy, especially on projects with a higher level of complexity (such as healthcare facilities). 

Fast forward to 2015...DPR continues to demonstrate that teams using BIM can benefit on complex projects, such as the Banner Boswell Medical Center Hybrid Operating Room. Throughout this project, the team used BIM to eliminate the need for significant rework in the field and also minimize shutdowns to the facility, delivering predictable results. 

Speaking of 2015, a round-up of interesting news articles in the media from this year alone include the following:

Looking back on the years, DPR has been mentioned in more than 700 electronic news posts total, as captured in the News section of our website. This news reflects the continual improvement we strive for as a technical builder. 

*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.

September 28, 2015

Millennials in the Workplace

In the latest installment of CBS Sunday Morning, the report "Millennials: New kids on the block" features DPR Construction's millennial employees. The youngest generation in the workforce, millennials are those born between 1981 and 2000. 

The report also features Doug Woods—the "D" in DPR—a member of the baby boomer generation. Starting at the five minute mark of the video, Woods responds to the stereotype that millennial employees are overconfident. "What generation doesn't have those feelings?" he replies. "I grew up in the '60s. We were totally rebellious, and I think it's part of being young."

The feature then focuses on Alice Leung, Michael Pearson, Deepti Bhadkamkar and Brian Bolandi—some of DPR's millennial employees—who discuss how they view their generation and how growing up being told "you can be anything you want" affects them in the workplace. While DPR's millennial employees may not fully embrace the label of their generation, they confess it sometimes fits.

As each previous generation can attest to, today's youngest generation will eventually become tomorrow's older generation. As Brian Bolani puts it, "I'm 28 years old and I found myself saying, 'Kids these days!'"

Empowering employees is the key to building a solid future. As pointed out by the Talent Culture earlier this year, DPR empowers its employees with a flat, egalitarian culture without hierarchy. The principle of “what’s right, not who’s right"—listening closely to all employees, regardless of position—resonates with all generations, but specifically connects with millennials' sense of wanting purpose or meaning behind their jobs. Their desire fits with DPR’s way of connecting work to a greater goal—for example, taking pride in building a biotech manufacturing facility that produces drugs that benefit cancer patients.

DPR aims to inspire all its employees (millennials, baby-boomers or any other generation) to take pride in building to improve the world we live in.

September 24, 2015

Eight Strategies for Project Success Using Lean, BIM and IPD

With the increased complexity and variability in the building process, building owners are seeking more predictable results from project delivery methods. Project teams are using lean methodology, integrated project delivery (IPD), and building information modeling (BIM) to contribute to the success of many projects. With a carefully, intentionally designed system, teams can eliminate unknown variables, while meeting cost, schedule, and design quality goals.

Atul Khanzode, leader of DPR’s Construction Technologies Group, recently wrote a white paper titled, “Setting your Project Up for Success Using Lean, BIM, and IPD.” 

In this white paper, Atul outlines eight strategies for facilitating productivity and success in a project. A DPR team recently applied these strategies on a project and was able to cut down construction time by a month and increase their productivity by 22%. 

But wait, what are these eight important strategies? Read this White Paper Watch for a summary or the full white paper to learn more. 

Photo Credit: David Cox

September 9, 2015

Back to School…Safely

The end of the dog days of summer welcome an annual rite of passage—back to school time—for students coast to coast.

Building on an Active College Campus
For construction companies working in a fluctuating campus environment, the back-to-school season brings a heightened awareness of the importance of safety. Specifically, this means maintaining a stringent, comprehensive safety program to keep the public—as well as workers—safe on and around jobsites. And even as they push to meet critical budget and schedule goals, savvy owners and builders understand that a safe project and a successful project are ultimately interwoven.

The Arizona Center for Law and Society project is just one example of a project currently underway on a busy college campus. DPR is building the $128 million facility on Arizona State University’s downtown campus, a beehive of activity since fall classes recently began. The project is slated for completion by the start of the 2016 fall semester.

Culture of Safety
Over the past 25 years, DPR’s focus on continuous improvement has been directly reflected in a culture of safety. Our safety culture promotes awareness of the need to work continuously and collectively better and more safely—as a company and as an industry. To further that goal, this past May some 6,670 individuals across 79 DPR jobsites and 18 offices nationwide participated in OSHA’s annual National Safety Stand-Down. OSHA’s industrywide safety effort raises awareness about fall protection on construction jobsites.

Integrated, Holistic Approach
An integrated and holistic focus on safety, quality and productivity has long been the cornerstone of DPR’s approach to successful project delivery, whether we are building on a college campus, within an operating hospital or anywhere else. Our record reflects that—in 2014, DPR’s OSHA incident rate was less than one-third the industry average

At DPR, we promote and nurture an Injury-Free Environment (IFE), with the goal of achieving zero incidents on every project.

*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.