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What We Build

Research & Development

Breaking ground for your groundbreaking research

Whether you’re studying cells, robotics or chemicals, DPR is committed to understanding what you need to conduct safe, thorough, groundbreaking research. We partner with companies through every step of the journey, from identifying strategic goals and planning the space, to accommodating the utilities and equipment required.
R&D Expertise


As technology advances at an ever-increasing rate, so do the needs of your facility to stay on the cutting edge. Our comprehensive understanding of R&D systems and their costs lays the foundation for a reliable, time-sensitive build with room for future adaptations—because change is coming, and you want to be prepared when it arrives.

Photo: Confidential Life Sciences Client

My experience with DPR has been outstanding. Safety, quality, schedule execution and budget control are key measures that I rate contractors on, and DPR is one of the finest firms. They balance all to a very high level. As a valued team member, DPR engages the owner, architect/engineer and key stakeholders to provide guidance, management and expert direction in a unique and much-appreciated manner.

Jay Comire

Charles River Laboratories



Whether you need a clean room, or a heavy chemical R&D environment, DPR has the knowledge and experience to apply advanced ventilation and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems to keep your scientists and facility safe and your building up to code. Our builders are experts in designing and constructing R&D centers with gas and chemical delivery systems.

No matter where your work falls on the scientific spectrum, the DPR team is committed to helping you turn hypotheses into breakthroughs.

Photo: Penn State University Agricultural and Bio-Engineering Building Renewal

Industry Recognition
Rankings & Recognition

By the Numbers


Volume of DPR’s life sciences work over the last five years


Complete Life Sciences projects, valued at nearly $11B


Amount of has completed R&D Laboratory construction projects


DPR's rank on ENR magazine's pharmaceutical contractor list 3 years running.


DPR's rank on BD+C’s 2019 list of top science and technology sector construction firms

CRE Award

Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation

2020 Commercial Real Estate Awards, Best Medical Project

Los Angeles Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards

University of Southern California Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience

2019 Los Angeles Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards, Best Medical Project

ENR California, Award of Merit South for Green Project

San Diego County Sheriff's Department Crime Laboratory

2019 ENR California, Award of Merit South for Green Project

ISPE Facility of the Year Award

Shire Quality Control Laboratory

2018 ISPE Facility of the Year Award, Facility Integration

ENR Southwest Best Projects

University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building

2017 ENR Southwest Best Projects, Higher Education/Research

USGBC-LA Sustainable Innovation Award

California Institute of Technology Jorgensen Laboratory Renovation

2013 USGBC-LA Sustainable Innovation Award

National Design-Build Awards

UCSF Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building

2011 National Design-Build Awards, Excellence in Design

DPR is good at what they do. They get done what needs to be done in the specified timeframe. They finished on time, which was like a miracle, considering what everyone needed to go through!

Al Egan

Edwards Lifesciences

Project Types
Research & Development

Our Experience

  • Our specialized laboratory construction expertise provides customers with a seasoned team to plan, coordinate, build and validate projects of all sizes and complexities.

    Eli Lilly Tenant Improvement

  • To treat the most dangerous infectious diseases, researchers need highly specialized workspaces. DPR brings the same rigorous and meticulous planning to constructing these facilities as the scientists who work in them.

    Georgia State University Petit Science Center BSL-3 Lab Renovation

  • DPR leads the industry in cleanroom expertise supporting projects ranging from Cell and Gene Therapy single-use clinical trial space built under tight capital constraints to large bulk fermentation facilities for monoclonal antibodies. Our extensive database of stick-built and modular cleanroom projects can help inform which application is best for your project without the need for upfront commitments.

    Illumina Project Fire Turtle

  • University teaching labs are educating the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators. Our skilled teams deliver these facilities on time and on budget to enable your students to get to work.

    Penn State Agricultural and Bio-Engineering Building Renewal

Meet Our Leadership
National R&D Leadership
who we are

Life Sciences Key Account Manager

Ever since he spent the summers of his youth working as a carpenter and framing houses, construction has come naturally to Scott Strom. Since he joined DPR in 1993, Scott has built strong relationships with some of DPR’s top life sciences customers.…

who we are

Life Sciences Core Market Co-Leader

Supporting life sciences customers in their work to help change people’s lives for the better is Dennis Kirkpatrick’s primary focus as Co-Leader for DPR’s Life Sciences Core Market. With experience in delivering best-in-class outcomes for biotechnology…

who we are

Life Sciences Core Market Co-Leader

Mike Marston’s construction career began when he was offered his first internship following a summer spent roofing houses. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Civil Engineering & Engineering and Public Policy, Mike joined DPR in…

Featured Projects
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Recent R&D


University of California, San Francisco Regeneration Medicine Building

Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building

National Institutes of Health Building 29B Renovation

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience



At NIH, Prefabrication Delivers Quality on Schedule

ATCC Project Tops Out Early, Despite Pandemic Restrictions

From Bioreactor to Learning Tool: Project Engineers Gain Hands-On MEP Experience Through Project Tinman

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

Roche Molecular Systems New Administrative Building is First of its Kind for the City of Pleasanton

UCSF Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building Wins CBE’s Living Building Award

Topping Out of Hillside Laboratory: UC Berkeley Computational Research and Theory (CRT) Facility

Making Life Sciences Work in Commercial Spaces