How We Build


The foundation of project success is established long before the shovel hits the dirt.

Building Great Things takes great execution in the field, but a collaborative and strategic approach with a great preconstruction team helps to eliminate surprises and provides on-budget and on-time delivery of a project. It takes a gameplan that lays out what will happen when and by whom. It takes collaboration. DPR’s dedicated preconstruction team focuses on making strategic decisions together early in the process, delivering the best value in the supply chain and more to eliminate surprises.
Preconstruction Expertise

The Project Lifecycle

An effective pre-construction plan defines the entire lifecycle of a project and drives the success of numerous project elements, including prefabrication and self-perform work. That’s why we take this stage so seriously.

DPR’s preconstruction team members are passionate, trusted advocates who prioritize predictability through an aggressive, analytical approach. Our efforts provide a number of solutions, including:

Support That Goes

Beyond the Norm

Our preconstruction services go well beyond traditional open-book cost projections and value engineering to create more reliable schedules and estimates you can count on. DPR strives to break the mold of traditional cost reporting lagging behind the design.

With a strong network of suppliers and trade partners, we drive value for you. High standards for prequalification have built a pool of the best subcontractors to compete on every project. We also watch market trends so we can counsel on when to buy what and when.

We arm our customers with the right information to make the right design decisions at the right time.

Photo: UT Robert B Rowling Hall Preconstruction Meeting

The Model Of


We engage with design teams often and early in the project lifecycle to ensure aligned expectations, integrating the design with the schedule and estimate.

Together, we leverage knowledge of past projects to predict how much a building will cost and establish data-based targets.

Additionally, we leverage virtual design and construction early on in projects to provide cost and time evaluations more efficiently.

Offered Services


  • Cost Modeling
  • Model Based Estimating
  • Target Value Design
  • Cost Control
  • Cost Estimating
  • Design Integration / Management
  • Optioneering
  • Value Driven Decision Making
  • Bidding and Procurement
  • Subcontracting
  • Design Build & Design Assist
  • Constructability Reviews
  • Last Planner® / Short-Interval Planning
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Scheduling
  • Subcontractor Selection
  • Material Procurement
  • Prefabrication Solutions
  • Virtual Modeling and Coordination
Meet Our Leadership
National Preconstruction Leadership
who we are

National Preconstruction Leader

Growing up playing sports, Phil Bartkowski always thrived when striving toward a common goal with a team. At DPR, he finds that preconstruction is the perfect field to build trust within a collaborative team early in the process, setting projects up for…

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Father Martin’s Ashley’s Skip’s Hall for Integrated Addiction Treatment

Confidential Advanced Tech Client Office & Lab Build-Out

Erytech Cell Therapy Manufacturing Facility

VCU Health PSR Operating Room Renovation and Expansion Project

VCU Health Community Memorial Replacement Hospital

UVA Life Sciences Annex and Snyder Building

Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center

Virginia Department of Forensic Science / Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Inova Loudoun Hospital North Patient Tower Headquarters

US Pharmacopeia Headquarters Consolidation Project

Block 185 Office Tower

Methodist Health System Midlothian Medical Center


BioLegend Campus Expansion

Bel Air Ambulatory Care Center



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Transforming a Desert Landscape

DPR Reaches for the Clouds in Austin, Texas