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What We Build

Higher Education

Envisioning the Collaborative Learning Environment of the Future

DPR builds the higher education facilities of tomorrow, with a focus on safety, sustainability and student experience. Our team understands the unique challenges colleges and universities face, and values the shift towards more collaborative, flexible, resilient learning spaces.
Higher Education Expertise
We Believe Every

Voice Matters

From business schools and nursing facilities to interdisciplinary and research labs, our higher ed team has worked with some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities. We coordinate with all stakeholders—from the administration to the student body—to deliver holistic projects that not only add value to the campus community, but that best equip students and faculty to succeed in their dynamic sectors. We believe in listening before building and strength in a diversity of ideas, because everyone has a voice that matters.

Building a Better


At DPR, we’re mindful that a campus is ultimately a home, which is why we minimize disruptions and distractions whenever possible. Our teams plan construction work around academic and event calendars, minimize loud activities by utilizing prefabrication, and develop creative solutions to keep campuses moving.

We also prioritize end-user communication and have developed apps, web portals and interactive digital kiosks to keep students and faculty informed on construction progress, project details and important alerts.

Drawing on our broad-based technical experience, DPR helps college and university leaders determine the best strategy to optimize budget and maximize results for their renovation, upgrade and new construction projects.

Sustainability, Technology and Communication


Today’s students prioritize sustainability and care about their carbon footprint more than ever before. So do we. DPR strives to maintain clean work sites, minimize waste and efficiently handle material to reduce environmental impact on every project.

Modern higher education buildings require infrastructure that can support ever-evolving technology. We take on ownership of IT infrastructure solutions, collaborating with institutions to shape the future together.

Systems like LEED® and WELL Certification™ provide third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, occupant health, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Industry Recognition
Rankings & Recognition

By the Numbers


Amount of higher education work DPR has completed


Major college campuses DPR has worked on over 25 years



ENR top education general contractors

Sports Facilities Construction


BD&C Giants

Construction Management Association of America

CMAA Project Achievement Award (2019)

Sanford Stadium West End Improvements

Engineering News-Record

ENR Southwest Best Higher Education/Research Project (2019)

Central Arizona College Signal Peak Campus New Student Union and Science Building

UC Davis is implementing the most aggressive housing development plan in it’s history. This growth will allow UC Davis to guarantee housing to more students while positioning them for academic success. The Yosemite and Shasta projects are critical elements of this plan and will serve our students for many years.

Michael Sheehan

Associate Vice Chancellor - Housing, Dining and Divisional Operations, University of California, Davis

Project Types
Higher Education

Our Experience

  • Arts, Business, Nursing, Behavioral Health

    We integrate into the campus community, minimizing disruption to build facilities that inspire education.

    Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus

  • locker rooms, stadiums, training facilities

    Raising the bar for the student athlete experience by promoting family & student social engagement.

    Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence

  • labs, research, STEM/STEAM facilities

    We bring our technological experience to foster student collaboration & discovery for the workplace of tomorrow.

    Rice University New Emerging Science & Technology Center

  • dining halls, parking garages, public safety, recreation centers, student housing

    Our buildings/student hubs inspire the learning experience that attracts students and serves the campus.

    University of California, Santa Cruz's Cowell Student Health Center

  • chiller plants, COGEN, mission critical, utility distribution, utility plants

    Our focus is building the “smarter university” enmeshed in networks of digital data technologies.

    William & Mary - West Utility Plant

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Higher Education

Recent Projects

University of California, San Francisco Regeneration Medicine Building

University of Virginia Advanced Research and Technology Building

City of Mesa | ASU Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center & the Plaza @ Mesa City Center

University of San Diego Beyster Institute for Nursing Research

University of Maryland Stamp Student Union North Entrance Renovation

The University of Texas High Performance Computing Facility Expansion

Arizona State University, Beus Center for Law and Society

University of California, Berkeley Computational Research and Theory Facility

University of Georgia, Terry College of Business - Correll Hall



DPR Construction sets the screen and transforms the Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball Locker Room

Keeping Your Eye on the Build: Delivering Sports Facilities that Win

Arizona Stadium Upgrade Receives an Assist from VDC

A “Beautiful” Utility Plant? At W&M, DPR Makes it Happen

DPR builds state-of-the-art academic building in Mesa, AZ

Transforming a Desert Landscape

Trends to Watch in 2019: DPR Focused on Efficiency and Collaboration Across Core Markets

California State University, Chico Celebrates the Groundbreaking of its New Physical Sciences Building

University of Georgia Unveils Sanford Stadium’s West End Zone Enhancements

Cutting the Ribbon on Two New Central Arizona College Facilities

Looking Ahead at Higher Ed Trends