DPR Construction, acting as owner, client and contractor, recently completed the 23,145-sq.-ft. design-build tenant improvement for the Atlanta regional office. Designed with high sustainability standards, cutting-edge technology features and an emphasis on a collaborative working environment, the new office serves as a space that truly represents DPR’s culture and values.
DPR focused on a few key concepts:
- make the office open and collaborative, fostering efficient decision-making, teamwork, shared leadership, and fun;
- design a layout that promotes spontaneous interaction, conversations and brainstorming;
- enjoyment—make it fun to come to work every day and create a sense of community;
- build responsibly, limiting waste by reusing as much as possible and using sustainable and energy-efficient materials.
Unique elements include:
- the Evoko touch screen room manager system for each conference room,
- a Sonos sound system with four different zones that can stream music independently or connected as one,
- Wink writable wall surface painted on conference walls,
- energy monitoring using Lucid Dashboard,
- and the ability to wirelessly connect to monitors via ClickShare in all conference rooms.
Specialty areas include an innovation room, training room, multiple collaboration areas, two coffee bars, game room and server room. DPR also self-performed much of the renovation including demolition, rough carpentry (including blocking), drywall framing, hanging and finishing, acoustical ceilings, doors, frames and hardware installation.
- DPR made a goal to use locally reclaimed wood wherever possible. The reclaimed wood is extracted from several Georgia barn sites.
- In selecting design materials, Smithgroup JJR looked not only at recycled content and sustainable sourcing, but also focused on the broader life cycle of design components, considering maintenance, repair, and durability as measures of sustainability. Most of the existing doors, frames, hardware, light fixtures, glass, and millwork cabinets were salvaged and reused.
- Waste generated from construction was diverted away from the landfills and sent for recycling. More than 90% of total construction waste was recycled along with a lot of other existing materials that were donated to the local Lifecycle Building Center.