Across DPR Fall/Winter 2009

DPR participated in the official dedication of the new Southface Eco-Office.
DPR's Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament raised $10,000 for the Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club.
Jake Krebs' photo from a Digital Realty Trust project won DPR's annual Intern Photo Contest.
DPR and Rebuilding Together teamed up to improve The Boys and Girls Club in Brea, CA.
DPR's Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley project broke ground on July 1.
Arizona Biomedical Collaborative building received LEED-NC Gold certification in August.

“...All of the professionals seated at the table have knowledge, understanding and appreciation of what the other professions are bringing to the project,” Dr. Joan Sandell writes in the 2009 edition of Humanism in the Health Sciences, an annual magazine by Western University of Health Sciences. “...The standards are high, accountability is expected and assessed, yet respect is given to all participants; there are no hard heads under the hard hats. It is clear that each individual decision is based not only on science and knowledge, but also on true, heartfelt caring ‘this is the right thing to do.’” DPR is currently building the 180,000-sq.-ft. Health Education Center for Western University scheduled for completion in December. The new facility includes lecture auditoriums, classrooms, small group learning rooms, teaching laboratories in dental medicine and optometry, research laboratories, commons areas, conference rooms and faculty offices.


DPR’s Landry Watson has been selected to serve on the City of San Diego’s Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant (EECBG) Committee. The EECBG Program allocates federal funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to local and state municipalities to create programs and projects specifically to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.


On June 22, the Metroplex Hospital Emergency Department expansion project in Killeen, TX broke ground with a team celebration. The expansion consists of a 40,000-sq.-ft. building addition with finishout, plus a 15,000-sq.-ft. fit out of the third floor in the existing tower to create medical and surgical patient rooms.


DPR’s San Francisco office achieved LEED®-CI Silver certification. Green elements include 100 percent recycled content millwork, dual-flush toilets that will reduce water consumption by 38 percent each year, low-VOC paints, carpets, sealants and adhesives, and new lighting systems that produce the most light from the least amount of energy.


DPR’s 1201 Comstock project for Digital Realty Trust achieved LEED®-CI Platinum certification. The 24,000-sq.-ft. facility is one of the first data centers in the country and the first in California to reach the U.S. Green Building Council’s “greenest” certification level.


DPR’s Special Services Group (SSG) in Phoenix was awarded nine customer-signed Zero Defects letters in 12 weeks. Zero Defects means that at the time of substantial completion DPR had zero punchlist items. DPR has received more than 1,000 Zero Defects letters from customers over the last 19 years.


Of the 300 companies entered, DPR’s Mid-Atlantic region took the number 10 spot on the list for Best Places to Work in the D.C. Metro area.


DPR received both the Silver and Bronze Awards in Constructech Magazine’s Vision Awards for the category of General Contractor– Commercial/Industrial (more than $500 million). The Constructech Vision Awards honor companies that have realized the advantages of applying innovative technologies to their everyday businesses, as well as the technology enablers that have helped them achieve their goal.


Five of the first 18 graduates in the world to achieve Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) certification from the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) and SPS are from DPR’s Newport Beach, CA office. Scott Carriveau, Sagar Gandhi, Ravi Khanzode, Jason King and Eric Larson completed a five-day course at Stanford University, a more than six-month VDC implementation effort, and a two-day integration experience. “To our knowledge, this is the first VDC certification program in the world, and a remarkable personal and corporate commitment to education in this tough economic climate,” said Martin Fischer, director of CIFE. More details about the program can be found at


On August 18, DPR, along with more than 200 organizations that donated time, materials and dollars, celebrated the official dedication of the new Southface Eco-Office, which will save approximately 61,000 gallons of municipal water annually and uses 53 percent less energy than comparable buildings. The three-story, 10,100-sq.-ft. structure, which includes a green rooftop, has also achieved LEED®-NC Platinum certification.


DPR’s Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley project is breaking new ground. For the first time, an 11-party Integrated Form of Agreement is being used in which the owner, architect, general contractor, key design consultants and trade partners are all co-signatories of the agreement and part of the core Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team. On August 26, representatives from all 11 companies gathered for a signing party. The official construction groundbreaking on the $320 million hospital project occurred on July 1. The 230,000-sq.-ft. hospital with 130 acute-care beds and a 34-bed universal care center is targeting LEED® certification and is scheduled to open January 2013.


Interns across DPR participated in the second annual Intern Photo Contest this summer. Jake Krebs, who worked on the Digital Realty Trust Loudoun Exchange project in Virginia, took top honors for his photo. Second place went to Joanna Huey, who worked on the University of California, San Francisco Institute for Regeneration Medicine project, and third place went to Xiaoyu He, who spent the summer on the One Kearny project in San Francisco.


DPR wrapped up construction on the 44,000-sq.-ft. Homer Center for Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. The project received California Construction magazine’s “Best of 2009” award for design and construction in the K-12 category for Northern California. The new science and student life building is the first school building in Silicon Valley to be built targeting LEED®-NC Platinum certification. Some of the project’s green features include: water-efficient systems to reduce water consumption by more than 40 percent, photovoltaic panels that convert sun energy into electricity for the building, and a living roof providing insulation and reducing storm water runoff. To view real-time data and statistics on the building, please visit: Image provided by Brian Boland as a submission for the DPR Intern Photo Contest.


The National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) re-certified DPR in Building System Commissioning until 2012. With certification and testing programs that are the most rigorous in the industry, NEBB is the premier international certification association for firms that deliver high-performance building systems. NEBB-certified firms and professionals have the skills necessary to measure the efficiency of building systems, as well as the knowledge and communication skills to create practical solutions for business owners. DPR is the only general contractor to be certified in this field.


Scott & White Health Plan celebrated the groundbreaking of its new office building project in Temple, TX. The 84,000-sq.-ft. facility is on the Scott & White hospital campus, where DPR has several projects under construction. As part of the project, more than 100 replacement trees will be planted in the area to enhance the natural aesthetics of the surroundings.


Passionate about giving back to the community, DPR recently completed the Thunderbirds Charities Play Village for the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). Workers, who renovated the 3,500-sq.-ft. open-air courtyard into a children’s playground, were treated to a “thank you” board, complete with drawings from the children, and a “construction workers special” lemonade stand hosted by the appreciative children and employees.


Following substantial completion of the Scripps Florida project in November 2008, DPR has continued to perform various SSG projects on this campus, ranging from relocating hoods to remodeling laboratory spaces. DPR has also helped The Scripps Research Institute prepare a grant proposal for the National Institute for Health for LEED® for Green Buildings Operations & Maintenance certification of its campus.


DPR’s Mid-Atlantic region adds another customer-signed Zero Defects letter to its long line of letters hung on the wall. On June 16, the DPR team achieved Zero Defects on the ground-up, 34,000-sq.-ft. medical office building project for Kaiser Permanente in Manassas, VA.


The largest hospital project currently under construction in California, Palomar Medical Center West, began framing to make way for the more than 200 DPR drywallers who will be onsite in 2010. The project, scheduled to open in 2012, made a midstream shift to a hybrid integrated project delivery model.


A full three weeks ahead of the six-month schedule, DPR received Certificate of Occupancy for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) data center expansion project. The existing data center remained operable throughout the project.


The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded DPR a master contract for nationwide BIM services. It is a five-year project (one confirmed year plus four option years) under which DPR will be issued task orders for individual projects in various GSA regions across the country. Task Order scopes can range from modeling, laser scanning, A/E oversight and BIM integration for GSA projects, development and presentation of training to GSA employees, to development of BIM practices for the GSA. The intent of the contract is to provide a vehicle for total BIM services to any design and/or construction program activity managed or funded by the GSA. The DPR team also includes a number of subcontractor team members for A/E laser scanning and BIM services.


University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Institute for Regeneration Medicine project celebrated the placement of the last structural steel beam with a topping out ceremony on September 10. The $123 million, 75,000-sq.-ft. building, which is scheduled for completion in October 2010, will house 250 researchers and staff. Image provided by Joanna Huey as a submission for the DPR Intern Photo Contest.


Teaming up with Rebuilding Together in Southern California, DPR helped improve The Boys and Girls Club facility in Brea, CA. DPR, along with help from many subcontractors, completed the exterior shell and a partial build out of the first floor, allowing the Brea Club to occupy the building and start helping kids.


The 85,000-sq.-ft. Arizona Biomedical Collaborative building received LEED®-NC Gold certification in August. Designed by SmithGroup and built by DPR, the building was featured as one of the projects to tour during the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in November.