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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 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.

August 21, 2015

330 Third Street South Residences Topping Out in St. Petersburg, Florida

In late July, the DPR project team at 330 Third Street South Residences in St. Petersburg, Florida, celebrated with a traditional topping out ceremony. The ceremony marks the occasion where the team puts the final beam in place, signifying the end of structural steel erection.

More than 400 people—subcontractors, neighbors, local business owners, community leaders, project design partners and owners—joined the DPR team for a lunch celebration, safety presentation, and the ceremonial raising of the beam.

Located on an urban, three-acre site in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 625,394-sq.-ft., 19-story residential tower will include 17 residential stories and a rooftop with an amenity deck. The rooftop will serve as the amenity level with a sun deck and pool. Other amenities located throughout the tower will include a fitness center, business center, clubroom with exhibition kitchen, and observation deck. A detached five-level parking structure will provide 596 vehicle and 100 bicycle spaces for both residences and patrons.

Completion is scheduled for Spring 2016. 

Nick Nieto (right) and I (left) highlight the project's success

Attendees listen to the safety presentation

Here I am again, signing the beam

Close-up of the topping off beam with happy team members

The beam is ready to head to the top!

The final beam makes its way to the top of the 17th story

Photo Credit: Dave Weathers 

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.

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 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.

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.

May 5, 2015

We Stand Down

As one of the safest contractors in the nation, we’re committed to promoting and nurturing an Injury-Free Environment (IFE), with the goal of achieving zero incidents on every project.

Each year in the United States alone, falls from elevation account for more than 200 construction deaths and more than 10,000 injuries within the industry, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Falls are the leading cause of construction fatalities—accounting for one-third of work-related deaths in construction—and are among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards. And yet, it’s preventable. . .

Yesterday, DPR offices and jobsites nationwide joined together to share a moment of reflection and discuss ways to prevents falls through the 2015 OSHA National Safety Stand-Down campaign. By sharing the same message simultaneously—across four different time zones—we reached thousands in the construction industry, raising awareness about fall prevention. 

Here are some photos from a sampling of the DPR jobsites around the country that participated in yesterday's 2015 OSHA National Safety Stand-Down:

Mid-Atlantic region



We “stood down” last year as well and collected more than 6,000 signatures from participants in the first OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls, which reached one million workers total in the industry.

We are proud to stand down...yesterday, today and every day. 

*Throughout the month of May, look for a number of safety-related blogs from DPR safety champions across the country who will be sharing safety tips and information.*

April 14, 2015

Fortune Magazine’s “Toasting the Boss (a.k.a. Everyone)”

In 1990, Doug Woods, Peter Nosler and Ron Davidowski founded DPR and vowed to create a company that prioritizes employee happiness. 

Fortune Magazine's "Toasting the Boss (a.k.a. Everyone)" explores DPR's unique structure and culture. It also explores how the company has empowered its employees to take the lead for the last 25 years.

Brian Gracz, who has been with the company for 17 years, is quoted in the article as saying: "We have the ability—no matter who you are in the organization—to be able to provide input and impact and have your thoughts and ideas considered."

Peter Salvati, who sits on DPR's Management Committee, goes on to say: "In a sense, everyone's in charge."

Click the image below to read the full article:

Photo Credit: David Cox

What do you think empowers employees?