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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 occassion 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 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.

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


Orlando


Tampa

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?

October 24, 2013

Are Current Scheduling Practices Broken?

For an industry striving to be more productive, the current state of scheduling practices is wasteful. To learn how to "right-plan" our projects and achieve better results, we first must look closely at our own scheduling practices and create a dialogue within the industry about which practices are efficient and which are not.

Recently, I wrote a piece called "How to Fix a Broken Scheduling System" for Engineering-News Record's (ENR) Viewpoint. In the article, I discuss how the use of production planning--specifically Last Planner System methodology--creates a more reliable workflow. 

While still valuable as a strategic roadmap, critical-path-method (CPM) scheduling systematically tries to predict daily activity years in advance. Specifications often demand wasteful and costly scheduling practices that are misused.

Production planning at the right time maximizes productivity and minimizes waste. This viewpoint is backed up by Stanford University's Center for Integrated Facility Management (CIFE) research on two large-scale DPR Construction jobs. 

Click the image below to read the full article.

What do you think about current scheduling practices? Tell me in the comments below.

March 20, 2013

Huffington Post Blog Explores Success, Using DPR as Case Study

In his Huffington Post blog post, founder and CEO of ChangeLabs, Peter Sheahan explores the topic: "Positioning: Success Comes From Knowing Who NOT to Do Business With."

In the blog, Sheahan highlights DPR as a case study. He explores our purpose: "We exist to build great things" and how we base decisions off our central beliefs to respect the individual and change the world. Sheahan also touches on DPR's longstanding relationship with Jim Collins, business guru and author of "Good to Great," "Built to Last" and "Great by Choice." Said Collins, "I have met with very few companies where the desire to be great is as sincere as this company (DPR)."

Sheahan goes on to write about DPR's carefully selected five core markets and how we build complex structures for deliberate clients.

ChangeLabs has been conducting research for an upcoming book. As CEO/founder of ChangeLabs, a global consultancy delivering large-scale behavioral change projects, Sheahan has worked with some of the world’s leading brands in the area of innovation and change. He is the author of six books including, "Making It Happen," "Fl!p" and "Generation Y."

Read all of Sheahan's Huffington Post blog posts to learn more about his business insights.

February 22, 2013

Why We Self-Perform Work

DPR's Eric Cusick and Skip Miyamoto contributed an article, which is on the cover of the current issue of AWCI's Construction Dimensions magazine, the leading periodical for the walls and ceilings industry. The article, "The GC Speaks: Why We Self-Perform Your Work," details how DPR self-performs up to half a dozen various scopes of work on the projects that we manage. DPR's Self-Perform Work added up to more than 2.5 million craft man-hours in 2012 and more than 1.3 million of those man-hours were in drywall.

The article details how our self-perform work impacts the following:

  • Safety
  • Staying on schedule
  • Quality
  • Cost
     

February 21, 2013

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital Renovation Wins 2013 ASHE Vista Award

DPR is honored to be a part of the John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital Specialty Surgical Care project team, which is being recognized with a 2013 Vista Award for Renovation. The award is being presented on Monday, February 25 during the Open Session of this year’s ASHE International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC Summit) in San Francisco.

About the project
The project team, which included Orcutt|Winslow as the architect and ccrd Partners as the engineer, renovated the third floor of the occupied John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Working together for 10 months, the team designed and constructed a new 21,350-square-foot Med-Surg unit to serve the community during the busy winter season. 

Working above occupied OR (operating room) and PACU (post-anesthesia care unit) space, it was critical to minimize noise for post-surgery patients. The team created a detailed plan, including items such as noise reduction kits for patients and visitors; hourly construction breaks; and visits from design and construction team members to answer questions and address concerns. Weekly team meetings also involved hospital staff from all departments to support increased communication.

“The dedication and commitment of this project team to ‘get it done’ in a very short time frame in order to accommodate our high winter patient census was remarkable,” said Rhonda Forsyth, president and CEO of the John C. Lincoln Health Network. Completed at the end 2011, the renovation received praise from staff, patients and their families, resulting in the Board of Directors authorizing funding for remodeling the fourth floor following the same standards.

Photos courtesy of Gregg Mastorakos

About the award
The prestigious Vista awards recognize the importance of teamwork in creating an optimal healthcare physical environment. The winning teams show a unity of purpose that helps projects succeed from pre-planning to implementation.