Across DPR

In Waco, TX, DPR celebrated the completion of a new 13,900-sq.-ft ambulatory surgery center at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. (Photo by Joe Griffin Photography)
DPR completed the first two phases of EMC Corp.’s Durham Center of Excellence, which earned LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interiors (CI). Photo by Mindy Gray)
According to InformationWeek, Facebook's LEED® Gold Prineville data center complex has the best energy efficiency rating of any major data center in the world. (Photo by Alan Brandt Photography)
“Hardhats 4 A Cure” raised more than $2,600 in donations for the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure®. (Photo by Debbie McCready)
The House of the Temple is the world’s first restoration/conservation project to use an IPD agreement. (Photo courtesy of the House of the Temple)

The John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital Specialty Surgical Care project team won a 2013 American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Vista Renovation award. The team, which included DPR, Orcutt|Winslow and ccrd partners, renovated the 21,350-sq.-ft. occupied space in 10 months. “The dedication and commitment of this project team to ‘get it done’ in a very short time frame to accommodate our high winter patient census was remarkable,” said Rhonda Forsyth, president and chief executive officer of the John C. Lincoln Health Network.


Looking particularly dressy this March, DPR’s Newport Beach and Pasadena, CA, offices held a prom dress drive to support Girls, Inc. of Orange County, an organization supported through the DPR Foundation. The sixth annual “Belle of the Ball” event gives more than 300 at-risk teens and foster youth the necessities for attending the prom or other special events. DPR collected more than 150 dresses, plus shoes and accessories.


“The industry needs to talk about cost, not price,” said DPR’s Eric Lamb, a panelist at Bisnow’s 2nd Annual San Francisco Construction Development Summit in February. The panel discussed new local projects ready to break ground, as well as the renovation process, new construction methods, financing strategies, construction costs and building designs.


“Facebook’s Data Center: Where Likes Live,” an InformationWeek article, details Facebook’s LEED® Gold Prineville data center complex, which—according to the article—has the best energy efficiency rating of any major data center in the world. Regarding Facebook’s Open Compute Project, which was launched in 2011 to openly share data center designs, DPR’s Andy Andres said, “Facebook has taken the lid off the secrecy about how to bring power and cooling into a modern data center.”


Training magazine ranked DPR’s training program 17th in the nation, which is an increase from last year’s ranking of 85. The magazine honors the top 125 organizations that excel at employee development.


DPR recently completed construction on the first two phases of EMC Corp.’s Durham Center of Excellence, which earned LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interiors (CI). The project consists of converting an existing 450,000-sq.-ft. single-story warehouse facility into a new data center and research and development lab. Green highlights include: air side economization that allows the facility to use free cooling 57 percent of the year as well as a rainwater harvesting system that reduces potable water usage by 78 percent. These strategies result in energy savings of 34 percent over the ASHRAE baseline and a reduction of nearly 100 million pounds of carbon dioxide. The team is currently onsite gearing up for the third and final phase of construction, which should begin later this year. To read more about DPR’s work with EMC, see page 5.


LD+A, the magazine of the Illuminating Engineering Society of America, highlighted DPR’s newly renovated, green office in Newport Beach, CA, in the article, “Look What the Builder Built.” According to the article in the February issue, initial energy consumption data for lighting loads from the building dashboard shows an annual projection of only 16,500 kilowatt (kW) hours, less than half the consumption predicted during design. The office achieved LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interiors in May.


Since 1964, the editors of Engineering News-Record (ENR) have reviewed stories that appear during the year and selected the year’s “Top 25 Newsmakers” for special recognition. Doug Woods, co-founder and the “D” of DPR, was chosen as a Newsmaker for the company’s innovations and achievements and for giving back to the industry and the public. According to the article, “The willingness to go where no contractor had gone before was in character for DPR, thanks in large part to a culture of innovation fostered by its co-founder and president, Doug Woods.”


Two of this year’s ENR “Top 20 Under 40” professionals in the Washington, DC, area are DPR employees: Lisa Lingerfelt and Christopher Gorthy. Lingerfelt joined DPR 10 years ago and is currently the leader of the Richmond office and part of the Regional Management Team for DPR’s DC location as well. With 14 years of experience in preconstruction, estimating and project management, Gorthy is also an integral member of the company’s regional leadership. The top 20 were selected based on experience, industry leadership and community service.


The 2013 winner of the Facility of the Year Award for Facility Integration goes to DPR’s Biogen IDEC Flexible Volume Manufacturing (FVM) project, which produces treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, hemophilia, and autoimmune disorders. The facility, which was one of six category winners selected from a total of 27 entries from around the world, integrated into the site without impact to existing manufacturing operations. Methods employed at the facility provide for a flexible multi-product environment, with less capital investment, reduced utility demands, and increased speed through the product pipeline.


Last fall, “Hardhats 4 A Cure,” which was made up of the Temecula Valley Hospital project team and included DPR, joined thousands in the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure®. “Hardhats 4 A Cure” raised more than $2,600 in donations.


The original Chinese Hospital building has been an iconic structure in the city’s most densely populated neighborhood since opening its doors in 1925; it was also the birthplace of famous martial artist and film star, Bruce Lee. Used for medical administration in recent times, the structure was demolished in April to make way for a new, seismically sound acute-care hospital to be constructed on the extremely tight site adjacent to the existing, fully operational 1979 hospital addition. To minimize demolition disruption, project team member, Ferma Corp., used a special technique for safe demolition without the typical noise. The 100,000-sq.-ft., 54-bed ground-up hospital, being built by DPR, is scheduled for a 2015 completion.


As a long-time organization supporter and consistent venue host, DPR was awarded the “Outstanding Community Partner” award from the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders, which is the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).


Business book author and chief executive officer of ChangeLabs, Peter Sheahan explored business strategies in the Huffington Post blog; he highlighted DPR as a case study. In “Positioning: Success Comes From Knowing Who NOT to Do Business With,” Sheahan explores DPR’s purpose and central beliefs to respect the individual and change the world. Sheahan also touches on DPR’s longstanding relationship with Jim Collins, business guru and author, who has said, “I have met with very few companies where the desire to be great is as sincere as [DPR].”


On March 14, hospital officials, medical staff and project team members celebrated the opening of the new ambulatory surgery center at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. DPR finished out the 13,900-sq.-ft. facility in a fast four months. The project was almost entirely paperless, which resulted in significant schedule and cost savings. “What makes this project special is the fact that our own surgery associates had a major hand in the design layout of the surgery center,” said Dennis Tidwell, director of Hillcrest Surgical Services. “Using lean production principles, we’re able to reduce waste which makes for a more patient-centered environment.”


DPR broke ground on the new expansion program for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Riverside Community Hospital in March. To meet growing local healthcare needs, the project includes a 1,060-car parking structure, followed by a new 60,000-sq.-ft. medical outpatient building. The entire expansion project is anticipated to create nearly 400 temporary jobs in various construction trades and nearly 300 full-time hospital positions when completed. “This expansion project is an incredibly momentous achievement for us and our community, and represents the single largest investment in the hospital’s 111 year history,” said Patrick Brilliant, president and chief executive officer, Riverside Community Hospital.


Along with WorldViz, DPR announced the completion of a virtual reality working exhibition, located at DPR’s headquarters. The advanced 3-D immersive visualization showroom gives users a holistic view of a project; this enables changes to be made in the early stages of design, reducing time and resources spent on changes in the field or rework.


In February, AZRE | Arizona Commercial Real Estate hosted the 8th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects and the construction and design teams involved. DPR’s Health Sciences Education Building at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus team was awarded AZRE’s Red Award for “Most Challenging Project in 2012.” The team was recognized for their commitment to lean construction and world-class quality and design during one of the most extreme economic downturns in history.


For their long-term Toys for Tots support, DPR and Intuit were honored by the San Diego Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots campaign at a lunchtime event. Both companies’ involvement began with one employee at each respective company spearheading the effort, which snowballed into region-wide efforts. DPR has supported the cause for 18 years with donations estimated at $130,000 (with the help of the DPR subcontractor community), and Intuit has supported Toys for Tots for 20 years by donating 8,500 bikes, helmets and safety pads.


The Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry’s Construction Dimensions magazine’s February cover article was written by DPR’s Eric Cusick and Skip Miyamoto. “The GC Speaks: Why We Self-Perform Your Work” details how DPR’s self-perform work positively affects safety, schedule, quality and cost. DPR self-performed more than 2.5 million craft man-hours in 2012 and more than 1.3 million of those man-hours were in drywall.


Inspiring employees and cultivating respect are pivotal to DPR’s business. This philosophy is recognized by Fortune, which ranked DPR 15th in the nation on the “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. It’s the company’s fourth year in a row on this list.


Nearly 100 years after its completion, the House of the Temple—current national headquarters for the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction—makes its mark on history again as the world’s first restoration/conservation project to be using an IPD agreement. On Feb. 5, 2013, eight signatory companies, including DPR, signed the poly-party agreement with the Scottish Rite to upgrade the building’s mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire and life safety systems to current standards, as well as make improvements for emergency egress and disabled access. According to DPR’s Chris Dierks, the renovation work will be particularly challenging due to the elaborate finishes and stonework that would be difficult to replicate by today’s craftsmen. The project has an expected completion of 2016.


More than 3,000 professionals attended this year’s ASHE International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction. Out of five healthcare facility tour sites during the event, three were DPR projects: University of California, San Francisco Medical Center at Mission Bay; Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center in Redwood City, CA; and Sutter Health Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, CA. Additionally, DPR hosted a hospitality event for more than 400 customers, employees and colleagues.


“If everybody feels that sense of pride and responsibility, we can change the world and do great things,” said Doug Woods in the documentary, We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream. The documentary explores the employee-ownership model and asks: What does it mean to be an owner? Employee-owners from three companies—DPR Construction, New Belgium Brewing and Namasté Solar—answer this question.