Predictable, reliable, consistent: A shift from field construction to field assembly
State-of-the-art construction technologies are changing the way we build. By transitioning from field construction to offsite manufacturing and field assembly, we’re promoting more effective and efficient solutions that control initial costs, maximize material and labor resources, and drive predictability and consistency.
DPR has more than two decades of experience in prefabrication and engineered-to-order (ETO) systems. This continuously improving, efficient and effective approach—in which a building section is manufactured in a controlled environment and then transported to the jobsite as a ready-to-fit component—presents numerous benefits for owners and builders.
Benefits of Prefab
As prefab experts, the DPR team can better control costs by avoiding component price fluctuations between the proposal and delivery phases. Our digital component libraries, proven prefabricated products, and engineered-to-order (ETO) system costs can inform the design early on, providing predictability through the design and engineering process.
With a collaborative approach to prefabrication, project schedules have seen reductions of 50% compared to the traditional field-assembly approach. Early and detailed modeling and the use of virtual design and construction and prefabrication enable more efficient on-site assembly while reducing weather impacts.
Improved Quality and Access to Qualified Expertise
With our self-perform team of experienced and qualified installers, we can not only ensure quality installation but can also provide helpful insight early on. Our teams evaluate how products will be assembled both in manufacturing settings and onsite to inform project designs. We leverage automation to streamline workflows and reduce waste. This allows us to continuously improve overall manufacturing processes.
Our prefabrication approach is eco-friendly, with earlier planning and off-site work leading to fewer people and vehicles onsite as well as less waste, re-work and material usage. This helps control how waste is handled on site to maximize recycling.
Prefabrication allows DPR to reduce the amount of labor on site, reducing risks due to congestion and moving portions of work to a controlled environment.
A range of customizable options
Prefabrication isn’t a yes-or-no decision, it’s a continuum: There are various iterations and degrees of prefab that can be implemented into your next project, depending on your goals and needs. The spectrum ranges from customized structures with little to no prefab elements, to mass-standardized facilities that are mostly built offsite. There are also projects that don’t lend themselves to full-scale prefabrication.
What can be prefabricated?
- Single-system components, which include sub-assemblies, structural steel, precast concrete, windows, valves and ductwork.
- Multi-system components, including prefabricated stairs, pre-assembled canopies, pre-framed doors with electrified components and finished exterior wall panels.
- Fully integrated building components, including complete bathrooms, elevator cores, operating rooms and complete clean rooms.
- Fully integrated volumetric modules, including modular energy plants and ganged bathrooms.
DPR has invested in prefabrication, offering a wide range of prefabricated solutions through our affiliated entities:
- OES Equipment™, an equipment and supply vendor with strategic partnerships for prefabrication assembly components.
- EIG Electrical SystemsSM, offering prefabricated electrical sub-assemblies in addition to photovoltaic energy/storage and electrical installation services.
- Digital Building Components™, digitally fabricating custom structural, exterior and interior wall systems.
- SurePods™, the leading provider of prefabricated bathrooms in North America.
Different levels of prefabrication yield different advantages and trade-offs. The more building components that are prefabricated, the greater certainty you can have in your project’s final cost and schedule—but less is customizable later in the project timeline.
The DPR advantage
At DPR, we take a smarter approach to prefab:
- We offer room for creativity. DPR is not constrained by a standard grid. Our experts can help you determine the best prefabrication products, means, and methods for your projects. Our customized approach allows architects to design buildings without the one-size-fits-all stigma surrounding prefabrication.
- We are a technical builder first. Using industry-leading software developed by DPR affiliated entity Digital Building Components, projects can go straight from digital design to digital fabrication, as we transform Revit models directly into precise-to-spec products.
- We’re a start-to-finish provider, offering complete integrated solutions and services from off-site manufacturing to self-perform installation. Our digital fabrication allows for advanced customization to meet owners’ expectations.
- We inspire confidence in expectations without rework. DPR’s prefabricated components are manufactured with the right balance of automation and human expertise in well-organized facilities following 5S methods—and we expect the same from our network of supply chain and trade partners. We provide design model intelligence for prefabricated scopes with the right level of detail and a turn-key approach from a qualified team of installers.
Let our team of experts help you evaluate your needs and options.
McCaffrey National Prefabrication Integration Leader
Boff National Prefabrication Strategy Leader