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: 135
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


June 28, 2016

DPR Project Survives the Big One! Six-Story Steel-Frame Building Withstands Earthquake Simulation

On the world’s largest outdoor shake table at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), DPR erected the tallest cold-formed, steel-frame structure ever to be tested on a shake table. As engineers, scientists, earthquake experts and media watched, the six-story building withstood a simulation of 150% of 1994’s 6.7-magnitude Northridge, California earthquake, shaking and rocking, but remaining structurally intact and safe.

“What we are doing is the equivalent of giving the building an EKG to see how it performs after an earthquake and a post-earthquake fire,” said principal investigator and UC San Diego structural engineering professor Tara Hutchinson.

The project is part of a $1.5 million three-week series of tests, analyzing how cold-formed steel structural systems perform in multi-story buildings located in high seismic hazard zones. Prior to this test, the largest building ever studied was a two-story residential structure in 2013. The structure experienced accelerations of 3.0 to 3.5 G’s at the upper levels, putting a tremendous amount of demand on the “light-gauge” structural frame. Lighter than a concrete, or hot-rolled structural steel building of the same height, the cold-form, light-gauge panelized structure is strong and flexible, thus able to move with the shaking instead of against it.

“The introduction of light-gauge structural systems in areas of high seismic hazard offers owners a superior option over traditional wood framing construction from economic, quality, safety, sustainability and overall building performance standpoints,” said DPR’s Zach Murphy, who is part of DPR’s cold-form steel prefab operations team. “We believe the results of these tests and future projects will continue to prove that this is the better way to build and create higher quality, safer structures in a cost-effective manner.”

In 2015, DPR constructed the MonteCedro senior-living community in Altadena, California, using prefabricated light-gauge panels. While the direct costs were close to wood-frame construction, additional savings were realized through faster schedule, better fire resistance and higher quality framing. DPR also recently built student housing at Otis College in Los Angeles using cold-formed structural framing. 

Full video of this week’s shake test can be viewed below: 

 

Scott Reasoner (DPR), Steve Helland (DPR), Tara Hutchinson (UCSD), James Atwood (DPR) and Kelly Holcomb (Sureboard) celebrate the performance of the prefabricated light-gauge structure in San Diego, California. 

June 6, 2016

Touchdown! Clemson Coaches Offer a Sneak Peek of Football Operations Building

It's safe to say Clemson football is excited for its new Football Operations Building

A tiger may never change its stripes, but it can put on a DPR safety helmet. Head coach Dabo Swinney recently pulled off an epic trick play, disguising himself as "Fred," a laborer from Albuquerque, as part of Clemson's version of popular reality TV series “Undercover Boss.” 

Watch ESPN's video to see if his plan to get a sneak peek of the new facility while it's still under construction works. 

Coach Swinney wasn't the only surprise visitor on the site, as defensive coordinator Brent Venables also stopped by to "coach" the construction crew, bringing his trademark intensity along with him. Check out the video and see what happens.

But for now, back to the building.

This new facility, which Swinney calls "the epitome of Clemson" due to its fun and unique nature, will set the bar high for any future athletic facility in the college football arms race.  

The 142,500-sq.-ft. operations building will include coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, recruiting areas, locker rooms, weight rooms, training rooms, a hydro-therapy area, equipment room, dining areas and associated support spaces.  All of which will allow Clemson’s Athletic Department to better serve the needs of its student-athletes.

Coach said it best when he said, “Clemson is going to be the envy of the entire country when this thing is finished.”

Go Tigers!

May 25, 2016

Bloomberg Takes Viewers Inside Facebook’s Sweden Data Center

Status updates, comments, likes, photos, videos... they all require data and need to be accessible within just a few clicks, 24 hours a day, by Facebook's 1.65 billion monthly active users around the world.

That calls for large quantities of data, strong processing power, and a lot of cooling. This is why the seaside town of Luleå, located on the edge of the Arctic Circle and considered Sweden's Silicon Valley, was a perfect location for Facebook to build one of its massive greenfield data center developments.

At 300,000 sq. ft., Facebook's Luleå Data Center is one of the largest and most efficient data centers ever built. The data center, like Facebook's other facilities built by DPR in Oregon, North Carolina and Texas, features a super-efficient design that uses 100 percent outside air to cool the data center. This eliminates the need for power-hungry chillers to cool the tens of thousands of servers that run around the clock. Excess heat that is generated from the servers is pumped back into the building to keep the office space warm for employees. Power is provided locally by a reliable, 100 percent renewable energy source: hydroelectricity. Hydroelectricity is so reliable that Facebook has been able to eliminate the number of onsite backup generators by 70 percent.

As part of Bloomberg's "Hello World" video series, in which journalist and best-selling author Ashlee Vance explores the tech scene in various countries, Ashlee finds out where "all [his] embarrasing photos live" while he takes a guided tour of the facility with Joel Kjellgren, Facebook's site manager. 

 
DPR completed building one of Facebook's Luleå development, aptly named "LLA1," in 17 months through a joint venture between NCC Construction Sweden and Fortis Construction in Portland, Oregon. LLA1 achieved LEED-NC Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and received top honors with the "Innovation in the Mega Data Center" award at the Datacenter Dynamics EMEA Awards in 2014.

May 6, 2016

Celebrating Amazing Women

The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 in West Virginia, according to Wikipedia. A woman named Anna Jarvis held a memorial service for her mother who had been a peace activist and cared for wounded soldiers during the American Civil War. Anna wanted to honor her mother and set aside a day to honor all mothers, because she believed they were the “person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”

DPR is proud of its many talented and empowered female employees and all that they accomplish each and every day. With Mother’s Day approaching, we are especially thankful for all working moms, whose tireless energy and endless ambition is an inspiration to all.

Most recently, DPR’s Deborah Beetson, a mother of two daughters, was recognized by The Commonweath Institute South Florida as part of a list of top ranking, for-profit, women-led organizations in Florida. With over 30 years of experience under her belt, Deborah’s leadership not only continues to raise the bar in the construction industry, but also sets a lasting example for aspiring female leaders and working moms.

“Long before the term ‘lean-in’ had significance, I grasped its importance,” said Beetson. "There were so many opportunities to take on large projects and roles, stuff that scared me but I knew I had to just jump in. All of these things were happening as I was raising two daughters and building upon my marriage. Sometimes I didn’t know how I was going to make it all work, but I just focused on the issues at hand and everything always had a way of falling into place.”

For any female, working mom or not, navigating through the construction industry can be a tough but rewarding experience.

“When I entered the construction world there were not many women to hold up as models or mentors, but I did encounter a few who exemplified behavior that I did not want to adopt, simply because they were trying to behave like their male counterparts and it just didn’t fit my style. So I learned that it was more important to just be myself, listen and learn. That way, anyone I worked with would recognize the value I could bring to their project,” said Beetson.

Today, the industry is still a male-dominated field. The percent of women in the construction industry is currently only nine percent (2014 US Bureau of Labor Statistics). However, thanks to trailblazing women like Deborah we hope that number will quickly change.

“It is clear that women are well suited for this industry,” said Beetson. “Women have an incredible knack for detailed work so digging into design details, estimating, handling cost management come easily.  Women are also natural consensus builders and bring a positive dynamic to teams which is so essential to foster collaboration and see the other side of the issue through the other person’s view.”

A recent West Palm Beach project, The Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, exemplifies the industry’s progress in terms of female leadership. The facility was designed and constructed by a 90 percent female team, who shared the ultimate goal of leaving a lasting impact on women’s healthcare in the community.

Projects like these pave the way for the next generation of women in the industry, women with goals of becoming leaders and influencers within their workplace. 

Deborah Beetson stands with other awards recipients at The Commonwealth Institute's awards ceremony

Mothers at DPR's Redwood City office were treated to a special Mother's Day omelet bar earlier this morning

April 27, 2016

Best of the Best: UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Honored by ENR

ENR’s Best of the Best Projects identified the best of design and construction achievement across the country among projects completed between June 2014 and June 2015. Regional winners were chosen in 20 categories and from there, the top winners in each category were moved up to the national competition. Judges examined each project in terms of teamwork, safety, innovation, quality and overcoming challenges in order to truly distinguish the best from the best.

At the 8th annual Best of the Best Awards ceremony, DPR proudly accepted the Best of the Best Healthcare award for the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. In 2015, the medical facility was also named ENR California’s Best Healthcare Project in Northern California.This project was the result of a high-performing team dedicated to adapting to change without making sacrifices to cost, quality, or schedule – truly exemplifying all the key aspects that ENR was seeking in a Best of the Best Project. 

To complete the eight-year long project, the team used an integrated project delivery (IPD) method to keep the schedule and budget on track. Since the project’s beginning, more than 250 architects, engineers and contractors co-located in the Integrated Center for Design and Construction (ICDC) on the site to build a team focused on efficiency, collaboration, and quick decision making. The $1.5 billion medical center, delivered eight days early despite $55 million in changes, passed the California Department of Public Health’s licensing inspections with “no deficiencies,” which is unprecedented among new California hospitals.

The UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay project is a true example of a team committed to overcoming challenges while maintaining the highest levels of safety, innovation, and quality – and ENR agrees! 

Read more about the award winning project here

April 25, 2016

Roche Molecular Systems New Administrative Building is First of its Kind for the City of Pleasanton

On April 12, Roche Diagnostics celebrated the construction of its new administrative building with a traditional groundbreaking on its Pleasanton, California campus. The groundbreaking was attended by members of the project team, and key Roche executives, including the president. 

The project was awarded to DPR without competition due to our long-standing relationship with Roche and its Pleasanton campus for over 15 years. The first project was the construction of the original facility, followed by its R&D building and several tenant improvements.

Roche is working with the City of Pleasanton to be the first local building to use reclaimed water for toilets and industrial cooling. The new facility aims to have solar thermal panels for heating, and to be K6 compliant – a Roche directive to not use HFC or HCFC refrigerants. The new 70,000-sq.-ft. building is targeting LEED Gold certification with an estimated completion of January 2017.

March 1, 2016

Making Safety Personal

When it comes to safety, good or even great is never enough. DPR projects across the country continually look for safety ideas that encourage teams to change behaviors and achieve DPR’s zero incidents goal.

At the Arizona State University (ASU) Arizona Center for Law and Society (ACLS) in Phoenix, the team is going above and beyond to optimize jobsite safety by implementing creative new practices. For example:

  • Plus/delta sessions: Lunch-time brainstorming sessions where safety ideas are discussed, such as making filtered water more readily available to workers for hydration in the hot Arizona weather to procuring a specific knuckle boom lift that helped the plumbers do their job more safely.
  • Safety recognition stickers: On regular safety job walks, the ACLS leadership hands out stickers to those who demonstrate exemplary safety practices in the field. 
  • Acting on leading indicators: Before performing work, the crews fill out a pre-task plan that outlines how they will execute their assigned task in the safest manner possible. At the end of each week, these plans are reviewed and the three that demonstrate the most thorough safety action plans are awarded with free lunches. Those winning pre-task plans are then shared with the rest of the project team as an opportunity for learning. 

Safety results on the project speak volumes for the success of the team, as they make safety a value on site. In October, the team held a safety milestone barbeque for 270 people, celebrating 300,000 hours worked with a zero lost-time incident rate.

Read more about safety on the ACLS site here

February 24, 2016

LinkedIn Goes West

When you think of Portland, you might think of coffeehouses or the infamous Pacific Northwest rain. But did you know Portland is also quickly becoming a technology hub with a flourishing economy and countless new opportunities for innovation?

This very fact is one of the reasons LinkedIn has decided to build its newest data center in Hillsboro, a suburb just outside of Portland. With existing data center sites in Virginia and Texas, this new west-coast site will allow LinkedIn to achieve their goal of establishing data centers in varied regions across the United States. 

Additionally, this location enables LinkedIn to have direct access to green power. For 200 days out of the year the data center will utilize free cooling, reducing their overall energy usage. The location will also allow LinkedIn to explore new options for renewable energy and sustainable sourcing, leading to the company’s ultimate goal of 100 percent renewable energy usage.

So why the need for another data center? In the last year, LinkedIn’s storage and processing needs have increased by 34 percent. Working to stay ahead of this rapidly growing demand, LinkedIn is adding more capacity in order to maintain the consistent and reliable service LinkedIn members are expecting.

Construction of the data center will be completed in two phases. Phase 1, the build-out of data hall space for LinkedIn in an existing Infomart colocation facility, is comprised of 15,000 sq. ft. of white space and 3,000 sq. ft. of ancillary space. This will be DPR’s second time working in this facility, with the first time being in 2012 for Fortune Data Centers (now known as Infomart Data Centers).

Phase 2 is the construction of a new 100,000-sq.-ft. data center shell, 15,000 sq. ft. of which is confirmed for LinkedIn. Once both phases are complete, Infomart’s entire facility will be served by 16 MW of IT Critical Power.

Due to LinkedIn’s rapid growth and need for quick deployments, fast-track delivery is crucial for this design-build project. Even with the record-breaking amount of rainfall the area is experiencing, the project team remains confident in their scheduled completion dates.

LinkedIn’s latest data center will go online late 2016. 

The LinkedIn Data Center Services team breaking ground on the new facility in Hillsboro, OR with the help of the Infomart team and the Mayor of Hillsboro.

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