May 19, 2017

DPR Austin Volunteers Show Big Heart in Tiny House Build

Despite the diminutive size of a tiny house project that DPR recently completed for Community First! Village in Austin, more than 50 DPR volunteers brought big building skills and even bigger heart to the job.

The project is part of a 27-acre development owned by Mobile Loaves & Fishes that will ultimately offer around 275 disabled, chronically homeless people in central Texas a long-term living community.

“It’s been nothing short of phenomenal,” commented Alan Graham, director of Mobile Loaves and Fishes at Community First! Village. “The DPR team is just awesome. From a corporate culture point of view, that whole (DPR) team out there has been stellar and it blows me away that a company as large as DPR has such a big heart.” 

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Over 50 volunteers from DPR Austin put their unique, technical skills to work to build a tiny home for a chronically homeless person in Austin. Photo courtesy of Diane Shelton

The large volunteer workforce, including skilled craftspeople, self-perform drywallers, painters, carpenters and others, constructed the tiny house over about two and a half weeks in April. In true DPR style, crews willingly jumped in to help construct the 220-sq.-ft. tiny house with a 300-sq.-ft. rooftop deck, even though all are busy on DPR projects in the thriving Austin market. The volunteer workforce included the many other DPR employees on jobsites who covered their colleagues’ work while they were away building the tiny house.

Graham described the Community First! Village model as a “radical new movement” designed to provide a new start for the formerly homeless.

“It’s really centered around the idea that housing will never solve homelessness, but community will,” he said. 

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Volunteers constructed the house over about two and a half weeks in April. Photo courtesy of Diane Shelton

Record-Setting Build
While the end product itself may be tiny, the challenges getting the tiny house completed on DPR’s self-imposed two-and-a-half-week schedule loomed large. That build schedule easily surpassed the speed that any of the other 130 or so tiny houses on site have gone up to date. 

“DPR built this faster than Community First! has ever seen one of their tiny houses come together – ever,” said DPR’s Angie Weyant, one of the project’s organizers. The team also overcame challenges including inclement weather and design adjustments. 

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The Community First! Village will provide a new start for the formerly homeless. Photo courtesy of Diane Shelton

Taking Stock of Lessons Learned
Although it has been challenging, in typical DPR fashion, volunteers “are already talking about when we do this the next time, how will we do it better?” Weyant said with a laugh. “What makes us different is the initiative and genuine desire of our teams to use our technical and self-perform work skills to make a positive impact in the communities in which we operate.”

For now, they are making plans for a ribbon-cutting or housewarming ceremony, perhaps with the lucky tenant who moves into the DPR-built tiny house. While the reward for the new tenant is a permanent home to live in while they pay rent and contribute to the community around them, for the DPR team, the payoff is simply knowing they made a difference to someone in need.

May 14, 2017

Thank You, Working Moms!

In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to recognize and celebrate our working moms–women who build, lead and inspire us today and every day.

We asked moms of DPR: what does being a working mom mean to you? The answers we received were moving, and we wanted to share them with you below. To our everyday heroes–thank you for all that you do as we continue to celebrate #WomenWhoBuild. 

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May 9, 2017

Building Stories, Building Hope at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Barry Fleisher knows a thing or two about follow-up. In his 15-year career as a neonatologist specializing in newborn intensive care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, he helped develop a high-risk infant follow-up program. The program recognized that the end of each baby’s hospital stay was the beginning of the rest of his or her life, and made sure that infants and children grew and developed healthily after they left the hospital.

After retiring in 2003, Fleisher focused on another passion, photography. Attracted to the idea of capturing beauty in hidden places and telling stories through a series of work, he wound up in places where he genuinely enjoyed being, whether it was a coastal fishing village on the Peninsula or the bustling streets of San Francisco.

It was serendipity when he realized his former home, the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, was expanding. Scheduled for opening in 2017, the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford expansion project will more than double the size of the current facility, adding 521,000 sq. ft. and allowing the hospital to meet increased demand for pediatric and obstetric care as the Bay Area population grows. Returning to document the work at the institution he cares for so deeply, Fleisher began to photograph construction progress once a week at the project starting in March 2014. 

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Fleisher’s photo of a daylong demobilization of a tower crane was one of the winners of ENR’s 2016 “Year in Construction” photo contest. Photo courtesy of Barry Fleisher

Trained by DPR in jobsite safety and always accompanied by a spotter, Fleisher has captured the physical intensity, the humanity as well as the details of building. His photo of the daylong demobilization of a tower crane was one of the winners of ENR’s 2016 “Year in Construction” photo contest.

With a father, brother and uncle who were in the construction business, Fleisher helped with construction and land surveying jobs during summers in high school and college. Construction is in his blood, and he remains fascinated by the level of complexity and detail that goes into making structures that serve a purpose, that support life. From his perspective of patient care, along with his past medical research on the behavior and development of pre-term infants, Fleisher is especially attentive to the importance of environment in healing.

“The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford team is putting an incredible amount of thought and detail into making sure the space puts family first and whenever possible, brings nature into the healing process. Although the workers I meet onsite won’t be involved in patient care, their role in creating a space that will help sick kids feel better is extraordinarily important to them,” Fleisher said. “It adds to the spirit that is literally built into the hospital, brick by brick, by their effort and dedication.” 

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Fleisher captured this image, showing the size and scale of the lobby, including a main staircase in the foreground and steel framing in the ceiling. Photo courtesy of Barry Fleisher

In his observations of building–sometimes for hours at a time–Fleisher gained a newfound appreciation for “the beauty and intricate nature” of construction. With multiple trades working in the same area, all the pieces operate in tandem, like a finely tuned machine, to prevent injury, improve efficiency and successfully deliver a project.

In his photography, Fleisher has always believed in building a series of work that tells a story until it’s finished. When the hospital opens later this year, Fleisher admits it will feel bittersweet to leave the jobsite and the friends he has made there. It is rare for a construction site to be professionally captured in such chronologic detail as Fleisher has, by faithfully arriving once a week, every week, for the past three years–with the same dedication and drive he used to create the high-risk infant follow-up program at the very same hospital many years ago.

Fleisher doesn’t think he’ll photograph another construction project, or hospital project after Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. 

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Fleisher has faithfully documented the progress at the hospital once a week, every week for the past three years. Photo courtesy of Albert Lee

“This project has been a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. The layers of personal meaning that this hospital has for me, where my life and career were for many years, could never be repeated anywhere else,” he said. “I hope that I’ve contributed to documenting the history of the great things that have, and will, be built here.”

Unlike his other photo series that tell a story until it’s finished, Fleisher’s photos of the hospital actually do the opposite. His photos tell the story of the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford rising from the ground up, and even when the building is finished, its story won’t be.

It’s just beginning. 

May 5, 2017

Celebrating Women Who Build at ENR’s Groundbreaking Women in Construction Conference

In San Francisco this week, over 300 women gathered for ENR’s 14th Annual Groundbreaking Women in Construction Conference (GWIC). Builders from all over the country came together to discuss, ask questions and promote change in a traditionally male-dominated industry that is only 9.3% women (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

The issue of the dearth of women in construction–as well as many other STEM fields–is complex, nuanced, and there is not one simple answer. A confluence of factors ranging from unconscious bias learned at an early age, to a lack of women in the STEM pipeline, to recruiting, retention and development of women in technical and leadership positions will not likely be solved by any one quick fix.  

What GWIC provided was a much-needed starting point for a room full of builders–strong women who build great things each and every day. Industry speakers discussed the business case for diversity, ways to achieve buy-in from leadership, achieving parity in salaries and attracting the next generation of builders. 

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In her keynote address at ENR's Groundbreaking Women in Construction conference, Kinsella shares her personal career journey. Photo courtesy of Haley Hirai

Diversity is more than diversity for “diversity’s sake,” it is about driving business results and efficiency:

  • Gender and ethnically diverse companies are respectively 15% and 35% more likely to outperform their peers. (McKinsey)
  • Companies with higher female representation in top management outperform those that don’t by delivering 34% greater returns to shareholders. (Catalyst)

DPR’s Gretchen Kinsella delivered an inspiring keynote address about her personal story and career journey. Gretchen is DPR’s youngest project executive in Phoenix, managing the largest project that we have ever built in the area—the $318-million renovation of Banner University Medical Center Phoenix (BUMCP). On the last day of 2016, she gave birth to her daughter in one of the very same rooms she built back in 2004.  

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DPR colleagues congratulate keynote speaker Gretchen Kinsella at ENR’s Groundbreaking Women in Construction conference. Photo courtesy of Kevin Halter

Gretchen’s story about how she found her voice and embraced who she is has resonated with readers across the country. The responses she has been getting since her story was published by ENR online in March and in the publication in April have been unexpected, inspiring and continuous. She receives emails every day from people who are still reading her story, people who identify with her challenges and victories and who are thankful to find someone who shares the same experiences that they do. 

The attendees at the conference experienced what others in the industry may feel every day–a sense of belonging with your peer group, a feeling of being accepted for everything you are and are not, and a refreshing knowledge that there are so many other builders out there like you, committed to creating a strong, supportive environment where everyone can thrive. 

April 28, 2017

Celebrating Women Who Build: Vic Julian

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Every part of Vic Julian’s life has come together to set herself up for a successful career in construction. Before she became DPR’s first female superintendent, her work as an interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing taught her to listen to the whole room and pay attention to many different styles of communication. Her natural talent for drafting and sketching helps her visually translate complex, technical concepts to her teams. And her past experience teaching helps her view everything through the lens of training and mentoring.

Coming from three generations of carpenters–her grandfather was a founding member of Local 180 in Vallejo, and her father later became a member as well–Julian joined DPR in 2000 as a walk-on carpentry apprentice. Her technical expertise continued to develop and grow as she became a foreman, assistant superintendent and superintendent. She now specializes in managing ground-up construction and large corporate campuses across the Bay Area. 

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Vic Julian specializes in managing ground-up construction and large corporate campuses across the Bay Area. Photo courtesy of Everett Rosette

Julian prides herself on never missing a schedule, even while remaining flexible to changes in scope. “To be a superintendent, you have to be comfortable speaking your mind while listening to others. You must be willing to stand by your decisions, because you are responsible not only for schedule, but cost, quality and safety. To do this, you earn people’s respect, and own who you are,” she said.  

During her first performance review as a foreman, her superintendent told her, “Stop calling yourself a carpenter; you are a builder." Soon after, she led the challenging build of a boiler plant at a biotech campus, something she had never built before. The steam and condensate required a 420-ft. bridge atop the campus ridgeline to reach the new build, as well as three massive boilers shipped in from New York.  After its successful completion, Julian realized she could handle anything with her training–no matter how difficult it may seem.

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Julian has successfully led technical, challenging projects, including ground-up corporate and higher education campuses. Photo courtesy of Everett Rosette

Since then, Julian has led technical, architecturally demanding projects, including ground-up corporate offices and higher education campuses. The more challenging they are, the better–she welcomes occupied buildings, hazmat removal, or anything else that comes her way.

“I grew up with a mother and father who taught me that I could do anything, and at DPR it was the same,” she said. “I love to build. I love building at DPR. We have amazing mentors who taught me how to handle complex, technical projects. It is the great people who have kept me here for almost 20 years. We are a family.”   

She loves “every piece” of building, just as construction provided the perfect confluence of every piece of her prior experience. She no longer wonders if she is a builder. She is a builder, she can build anything, and she builds great things each and every day.

April 14, 2017

Paving the Way: Improving Efficiency and Quality through Laser Scanning

At a time when recent reports say the construction industry isn’t changing fast enough, DPR Construction has earned international recognition with an award from Fiatech, an organization whose focus is “innovation that builds the world.”

This week, during Fiatech’s 2017 Technology Conference and Showcase in Orlando, DPR’s Josh DeStefano accepted a Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation (CETI) Award in the “Intelligent & Automated Construction Jobsite” category on behalf of the entire organization. The CETI award recognizes DPR’s development of a new, quicker method for measuring the flatness of concrete floors in partnership with Rithm, a software developer, and Faro, a maker of 3D imaging devices.

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Josh DeStefano accepts the Fiatech CETI award in the “Intelligent & Automated Construction Jobsite” category. Photo courtesy of Ken Frye

You can have a floor that passes the current standards, but still have constructability issues in the field. Today’s ASTM E1155 standards mention a basic assumption that you can’t measure every square inch of the concrete deck for flatness.

Now you can.

Over the past year and a half, on multiple projects, DPR has pioneered the measurement of concrete flatness with 3D laser scanning technology as an improvement over traditional methods of measuring. When DPR self-performs fundamental scopes of work, our own highly skilled craftspeople offer greater control, delivering the highest quality results for our customers.

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With a laser scanner, millions of measurements across the entire surface of the deck are captured. Photo courtesy of Ivy Nguyen

“We can–while the concrete is still wet–make a difference on the quality that is delivered to the owner of a building,” said DeStefano. “What once took a few days can now take minutes.”

Using traditional methods, concrete is poured and then measured, with a day or more of wait time to get the results back. At that point, the concrete is already dry, resulting in a lagging indicator of the quality of the concrete—and concrete quality is especially important for technical projects where precision flatness is paramount to successful installation of sensitive medical instruments and manufacturing equipment with precise calibration requirements. DPR has gotten this process of gathering results and getting feedback to the work crews down to minutes.

“That’s what’s beautiful about the laser scanning for floor flatness. We took something that was experimental, we brought it to our jobsites and tested it, and figured out a way to implement it into our workflow, staying true to our core value of ever forward,” said DeStefano.

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Data can be used to create a “heat” map for further understanding of the surface variations. Photo courtesy of DPR Construction

With a laser scanner, millions of measurements across the entire surface of the deck are captured. This data can be used to create a high precision contour map, color coded elevation or “heat” map for further understanding of the surface variations.

This enhanced information can help with better installation of equipment, proactive quality control and the ability to identify potential challenges before they become an issue. It can create an increasingly agile feedback loop of the BIM virtual environment, informing what happens on the field and back again.

“Ever forward is not just about keeping up, it’s about paving the way,” said DeStefano.

March 27, 2017

Three Things to Know about “Integrating Project Delivery”

What if every building and every piece of infrastructure truly worked? What if they were all designed not simply to fill a need but to enhance our way of life? What if every building performed as highly as possible, with all systems working in concert to support its purpose? (Integrating Project Delivery, Chapter 1.2)

If you are someone who believes there is a better way to design and build buildings, infrastructure, dwellings, etc., then you should spend some time reading Integrating Project Delivery written by Martin Fischer, Howard Ashcraft, Dean Reed and Atul Khanzode. Written as a textbook, it is the first comprehensive look at the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) system. If you tackle it in bits and pieces, you’ll discover a road map for integrating project delivery filled with stories, practical knowledge and applications, legal structures for supporting the process, and real-life examples—all written with a dose of inspiration that there are actually many different ways teams can achieve better outcomes.

 Following are three things to know about Integrating Project Delivery:

  • Integrating Project Delivery is organized around a Simple Framework, a road map for producing a high-performing building, a “building that supports its end users in performing their activities as optimally as possible."

  • Each chapter asks and answers one or two big questions, including “what does success look like?” 
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What Would Make Us Proud 

What do we want to do and what can we do? 
2 Transitioning to IPD: Owners’ Experiences  What do owners who have used integrated project delivery (IPD) think about what they can do to improve outcomes? 
3 Putting it All Together: A Simple Framework  What is the roadmap, the strategy to successfully produce a high-performance building? 
4 Defining High-Performing Buildings  What is a high-performing building? 
5 Achieving High-Value Buildings  What makes a high-value building? 
6 Integrating the Building’s Systems  How can systems be integrated to achieve a high-performing building? 
7 Integrating Process Knowledge  How can process knowledge be integrated? 
8 Integrating the Project Organization  What is an integrated project organization and how is it created? 
9 Managing Integrated Project Teams What is an integrated project delivery team, and how do you create and manage one? 
10 Integrating Project Information  What does it mean to integrate project information, why is this so important, and how can we do this? 
11 Managing with Metrics How do define and uphold the client’s value goals for their unique high performing building? 
12 Visualizing and Simulating Building Performance  How do we enable stakeholders to visualize and understand how their building will perform through every step of design, long before it is built? 
13 Collaborating in an Integrated Project  What does it mean to collaborate in an integrated project? 
14 Co-locating to Improve Performance  How can we leverage co-location to improve behaviors and outcomes? 
15 Managing Production as an Integrated Team  How do we manage the production as an integrated project team? 
16

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Traditional Contracts 

Why is it so difficult to use traditional contracts to support project integration? 
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Contracting for Project Integration 

How does an integrated form of agreement support integrated organization and behaviors? 
18 Delivering the High Performance Building as a Product  How high-performing, valuable buildings can be developed and delivered as a product? 
  • Chapter 2 is dedicated to the owners’ experience in their own words and observations as they transitioned to IPD. Fourteen industry leaders, who were all involved in IPD projects, participated in a series of interviews that confirmed that IPD is an owner-driven process and frustration with existing project delivery systems was the most common reason for turning to IPD.

    When asked what it took to be a good IPD owner, the group identified five key characteristics: 

    • Clarity – Define what you want and what the IPD team must achieve
    • Commitment – An ongoing willingness to support the process with training and resources
    • Engagement – An active and knowledgeable participant who maintains a daily presence on the project
    • Leadership – Knowing when to lead and when not to lead, how to set the expectations for the project but also share leadership responsibilities
    • ​Integrity – Setting the project tone and creating an environment of trust 

Published by Wiley and now available on Amazon, Integrating Project Delivery details the “why” and “how” of IPD and how to organize and execute projects to achieve better value for all participants as an integrated team. It is a guide for aligning project collaborators and a promise for designing and building a better, higher performing built environment for us all.

March 16, 2017

DPR Foundation Awards Nearly $800,000 in Grants

Earlier this year, 22 organizations around the country received nearly $800,000 in grants from the DPR Foundation. DPR employees volunteer thousands of hours annually with these organizations, helping with facility renovations, youth career guidance and board service. Hands-on volunteer service multiplies the impact of the financial gifts, and helps DPR’s partner organizations advance their missions.

The DPR Foundation is a central component of DPR’s philanthropic vision of supporting under-resourced communities through facility construction and renovation; career and education guidance for youth; and support of operational capabilities for nonprofits. Organizations supported by the DPR Foundation focus on working with under-resourced youth to help them maximize their potential.


ATLANTA: Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Brookhaven (Photo courtesy: Diane Shelton)

Now in its ninth year of giving, the DPR Foundation has awarded $5.8 million to organizations across the country, with an average grant size of $35,000. The Foundation has developed lasting relationships with the organizations it serves, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Brookhaven. Since 2008, more than 75 DPR employees have volunteered at the Brookhaven Club, totaling over 4,000 hours. DPR volunteers have impacted over 3,800 young people who use the club’s after-school programs.

“It takes longtime partners like this to drive real change and, through our shared vision, we are working every day to help thousands of children reach their full potential,” said Missy Dugan, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “DPR really cares about the future of our city and they show it at our clubs. Not only have they contributed significant funding over the years, but their leaders and employees have spent countless hours working with our kids and making our spaces more welcoming and inspiring.”


RICHMOND: Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond (Photo courtesy: Diane Shelton)

The DPR Foundation’s 2017 grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Brookhaven (Atlanta, GA)
  • LifeWorks (Austin, TX)
  • Girls Inc. of Orange County (Costa Mesa, CA)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Oak Cliff (Dallas, TX)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties (Durham, NC)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, Holthouse (Houston, TX)
  • Girls Inc. of Alameda County (Oakland, CA)
  • Playworks Northern California (Oakland, CA)
  • Children's Home Society, Perinatal Program (Orlando, FL)
  • Peninsula Bridge (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Future For KIDS (Phoenix, AZ)
  • New Pathways for Youth (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Playworks Arizona (Phoenix, AZ)
  • UMOM Leaders in Training (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond (Richmond, VA)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Placer County (Sacramento, CA)
  • WEAVE Charter School (Sacramento, CA)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, La Colonia (San Diego, CA)
  • Food 4 Kids Backpack Program (San Diego, CA)
  • Seven Tepees (San Francisco, CA)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa, Wilbert Davis (Tampa, FL)
  • Milagro Center (West Palm Beach, FL)


HOUSTON: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, Holthouse (Photo courtesy: Diane Shelton)


BAY AREA: Girls Inc. of Alameda County (Photo courtesy: Diane Shelton)


ORLANDO: Perinatal Program, Children's Home Society (Photo courtesy: Diane Shelton)


TAMPA: Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa, Wilbert Davis (Photo courtesy: Diane Shelton)


WEST PALM BEACH: The Milagro Center (Photo courtesy: Diane Shelton)

March 16, 2017

Celebrating Women Who Build: Gretchen Kinsella


We are proud to kick off our Celebrating Women Who Build blog series with the story of Gretchen Kinsella. Gretchen is DPR’s youngest project executive in the Phoenix region, managing the largest project that we have ever built in the area—the $318-million renovation of Banner University Medical Center Phoenix (BUMCP).

Starting at DPR in 2002 as an intern, Gretchen found herself assigned to a project that didn’t offer the challenges she was looking for in her internship. She was honest and candid with her intern mentor; she wanted more challenges, responsibilities, problems to solve. She wanted to build great things.

Gretchen was moved to another project. “If you want to be heard, you need to continue to speak up and be confident in your own capabilities, whether you’re a 25-year veteran or an intern in your first week on the job,” she said.

Gretchen’s story continues to be one pushing limits. Her first full-time project at DPR was Banner Good Samaritan Hospital (now BUMCP, the project she is building today). She was given a lot of responsibility, because she asked for it. She continued to raise her hand for challenging projects as she progressed to becoming a project engineer, project manager and project executive.

And 15 years later, she chose an OB/GYN that delivers at BUMCP because she felt there was no better place for her personally to bring her daughter into this world. She was coming full circle, with the child she gave birth to at the site of the project she helped create (in one of the very same rooms she built back in 2004).

Read Gretchen’s full story, “How to Ask for What You Want and Find Your Voice in a Male-Dominated Industry,” on ENR.

March 7, 2017

Celebrating Women Who Build, Today and Every Day

This spring, in honor of International Women’s Day, International Women’s Week, Women in Construction Week and Women’s History Month, we wanted to celebrate the achievements made by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries, communities and fields of work.

  • If every woman in the workforce did not work for 24 hours, it would put a $21 billion dollar dent in country's gross domestic product—without factoring in the economic value of women's unpaid labor. If all that caretaking work were factored into GDP, it would surge by more than 25% (Center for American Progress, Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Profitability increases by 15% for firms that have at least 30% female executives versus firms with no women in the top tier positions (Peterson Institute for International Economics and EY). 
  • As of 2016, there are 11.3 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., employing 9 million people and generating an astounding $1.6 trillion in revenues. Between 2007 and 2016, the growth in the number of women-owned firms has outpaced the national average by five times and business revenues have increased at a rate that’s 30% higher than the national average during this same period (Fortune). 

As we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the world, we at DPR want to recognize the women who lead and inspire us every day. Construction is a traditionally male-dominated industry that is only 9.3 percent women (Bureau of Labor Statistics). We want to spotlight the women who are paving the way and are proud to announce the launch of a monthly blog series called Celebrating Women Who Build, dedicated to sharing stories of women who build great things not only at DPR, but across the AEC industry.

Celebrating Women Who Build tells stories of empowered women, who are successfully executing complex, technical projects. We want to connect, inspire, develop and advance women in the industry as they build meaningful careers—whether it’s as a PE, a PX, an architect or an owner.

As we continue to share our Celebrating Women Who Build profiles once a month, please join us in creating a strong, supportive environment where all builders can thrive–today, and every day. 

Celebrating Women Who Build Blog Series

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We kicked off the Celebrating Women Who Build series with the story of Gretchen Kinsella. Kinsella is DPR’s youngest project executive in Phoenix, managing the largest project that we have ever built in the area—the $318-million renovation of Banner University Medical Center Phoenix (BUMCP). On the last day of 2016, she gave birth to her daughter in one of the very same rooms she built back in 2004.  

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Vic Julian, DPR's first female superintendent, joined the company in 2000 as a walk-on carpentry apprentice. Her expertise continued to develop and grow as she became a foreman, assistant superintendent and superintendent. Julian now specializes in managing ground-up construction and large corporate campuses across the Bay Area, embracing her identity as a builder to lead challenging, technical projects. 

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In her keynote address at ENR's Groundbreaking Women in Construction conference, Kinsella shares her personal career journey. Photo courtesy of Haley Hirai

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After her story was published by ENR, Gretchen Kinsella shared her personal/career journey in an inspiring keynote address at ENR's Groundbreaking Women in Construction conference in San Francisco. 

(Updated May 17, 2017)