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Our Customers

Higher Education

Dpr 101:

A Higher Degree of Service and Quality

Every campus is unique, but they all share something in common: They bring together educators, capital projects professionals and students who all have varying needs and goals. DPR’s higher education team engages these groups to build environments that are functional and forward thinking.

We put ourselves in their shoes, and challenge each other to think like the professors, administrators and maintenance personnel who will use the spaces by asking ourselves the questions that matter to them: Can my students hear me without shouting? Does the infrastructure support AV and internet technologies seamlessly? Is the building both safe and accessible at the same time? Are maintenance areas easy to reach and manage?

By viewing a building through the eyes of the people who will interact with it every day, DPR delivers tailor-made spaces that integrate with and enhance the distinctive culture of each campus.

Our goal is to streamline the design and construction process for campus administrators and facility decision-makers. Instead of bringing them problems, we solve them. If anything, we over-communicate to make budgets, schedules and challenges as predictable as possible.

Our Customers
In Good


DPR has completed projects for a variety of higher education customers including athletic, academic, student life, interdisciplinary lab, and utility and infrastructure facilities, from community colleges to some of the top universities in the nation.

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Over the last year, both public and private institutions experienced change in nearly every part of the higher education ecosystem. Some changes will permanently influence and evolve the student experience regarding wellness, virtual learning, inclusivity, costs and environment.

  • Ambling University Development Group
  • Appalachian State University
  • Arizona Board of Regents
  • Arizona State University
  • Arizona State University Foundation
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • Auburn University
  • Bennett College
  • Berkeley Preparatory School
  • Board of Regents of The University System of Georgia
  • Boston University
  • Butte-Glenn Community College District
  • California Institute of Technology
  • California State University Long Beach
  • California State University, Chico
  • Central Arizona College
  • Clemson University
  • Duke University
  • Education Management Corporation
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Emory University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Gemini Science, Inc. / La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission
  • Georgia State University
  • Georgia State University Foundation
  • Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc.
  • Kennesaw State University Foundation
  • Lanier Technical College
  • Los Rios Community College District
  • Marymount College
  • Mills College
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • National Institutes of Health
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Otis College
  • Packard Humanities Institute
  • Pasadena City College
  • Penn State
  • Pepperdine University
  • Rancho Santiago Community College District
  • Rasmussen College
  • Saint Augustine High School
  • San Diego Community College District
  • San Diego Jewish Academy
  • San Diego State University
  • San Juan Unified School District
  • Savannah State University
  • Scottsdale Culinary Institute
  • Solano Community College District
  • Sonoma Academy
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Southern Polytechnic State University
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford University Hospital and Clinics
  • Technical College System of Georgia
  • Texas A&M University System
  • The Art Institute of California
  • The Art Institute of Tampa
  • The Burnham Institute
  • The College of William & Mary
  • The Evergreen State College
  • The George Washington University Hospital
  • The Institute for Genomics Research
  • The Scripps Research Institute
  • The University of Arizona
  • The University of Georgia
  • The University of Georgia Athletic Association, Inc.
  • UC San Diego
  • UCD Health Systems
  • UCSF
  • UCSF Medical Center
  • UGA Real Estate Foundation
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Houston
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Maryland Medical System
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of San Diego
  • University of South Florida
  • University of South Florida Research Foundation
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Virginia Foundation
  • UVA Medical Center
  • Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • William Marsh Rice University
  • William & Mary
  • Young Harris College
Understanding The Market
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Tomorrow’s Learning Spaces

Are Being Reimagined Today

DPR is a partner for institutions preparing for the evolving future of academic learning.

We recognize industry trends that influence the way we build, including the shift from traditional lecture halls to flexible learning spaces and innovation hubs, as well as the increasing importance of audio-visual systems and telelearning. That’s why we listen to educators and track research trends: to create dynamic team environments that remain relevant even as the world and its technology continually change.

Working with DPR has been a true pleasure over the last several years. They are always responsive and always willing to take on any challenge. As Larry Lord, with Lord Aeck Sargent once said to me when I was checking a reference for DPR: 'There are a lot of good CMs out there but the DPR folks are just fun to work with.' I agree wholeheartedly.

Paul Borick

Capital Projects, Clemson University

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Highest Quality Work

On Time and On Budget

Using integrated lean techniques and the latest modeling technology, DPR leverages the best cost- and time-saving ideas without sacrificing quality. We also track our performance against project goals to make sure our innovative solutions make the grade, exceeding even the highest expectations.

At DPR, we are lifelong learners ourselves, and we’re proud to work alongside the nation’s leading institutions to help shape the future of our education system.

Higher Education Highlights
Higher Education


Construction Management Association of America

CMAA Project Achievement Award (2019)

Sanford Stadium West End Improvements, University of Georgia | Athens, GA

Engineering News-Record

ENR Southwest Best Higher Education/Research Project (2019)

Central Arizona College Signal Peak Campus New Student Union and Science Building | Coolidge, AZ

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Higher Education


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Construction Management Association of America

CMAA Project Achievement Award (2019)

Sanford Stadium West End Improvements, University of Georgia | Athens, GA

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Engineering News-Record

ENR Southwest Best Higher Education/Research Project (2019)

Central Arizona College Signal Peak Campus New Student Union and Science Building | Coolidge, AZ

DPR, with its expertise in green construction and building intricate laboratories for very diverse academic needs, was able to deliver on its promise of building a high-quality green product. The DPR team met all of our varied demands, accommodating changes and last-minute decisions. Even during crunch time, they were always true professionals.

Todd Raven

Senior Project Manager, ASU Capital Program Management Group

Rankings &


Top University Building Construction Firms


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Top Laboratory Construction Firms


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Top Education Contractors


Engineering News Record


Total Value of Higher Education Projects Completed by DPR Construction to Date


Total Number of University/College Campuses DPR Construction has worked on


Total Number of Student Housing Beds Completed by DPR Construction to Date

DPR Construction has demonstrated their expertise at all levels of service along with providing solutions to develop and maintain a timeline to accommodate staff, student, and athletic site schedules. They have completed all necessary requirements, as needed, for completion and continuation of our projects.

Josh Brooks

J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics, University of Georgia

Meet Our Leadership
National Higher Education Leadership
who we are

Higher Education Core Market Leader

With a successful track record in a diverse range of market sectors including federal design-build construction, higher education, government R&D, mission critical and life sciences, Greg Fraikor brings a seasoned perspective and experience to his work.…

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