Eve R. Forward
DPR's Roving Reporter

Eve R. Forward

Eve R. Forward is DPR Construction's roving reporter. Born in 1990 in Redwood City, Eve lives and breathes DPR...Literally.

Posts: 181
Location: Redwood City, California
Favorite core value: Ever Forward, naturally! I was named after this core value.
Hometown: I was born in Redwood City, but now I live all over the country.
Best part of the job: Asking the hard-hitting questions that need answers.
Posts In: Construction Technologies, Commercial, Data Centers and Mission Critical, Healthcare, Higher Education, Life Sciences, Making Milestones, Safety, Sustainability, If These Walls Could Talk

July 29, 2012

Secrets to DPR’s Employee Engagement

Training has a lot to do with happy employees. According to professional development magazine, Training Magazine, it can also develop positive company culture and increase employee engagement. How exactly can training help organizations foster engagement? To answer that question, Training Magazine looked at the 2012 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list and cross-checked it with the 2012 Training Top 125 list. DPR was one of 19 companies that appear on both the Fortune and Training lists.

Quoted in Training Magazine's article are DPR's Training Coordinator, Melissa Bargman and People Practices and Training Leader, Cari Williams. Williams and Bargman say DPR’s People Practices group plays an integral role in building great people and culture. Among other things, the article discusses how the People Practices group reviews specific answers from DPR's employee satisfaction survey, which can turn into specific learning and training opportunities at the company. 

July 8, 2012

ENR FutureTech Conference in SF

On July 10th, there is an ENR FutureTech Conference in San Francisco. The topic is "Leveraging Technology to Build Your Business." Tuesday's full-day conference includes a long list of industry leaders who will speak on how technology is improving business and project outcomes. Also up for discussion will be how technological expertise can help win work, improve workflow, recruit talent and save on costs.

DPR's Moawia Abdelkarim and Justin Schmidt will be speaking at the event. Justin Schmidt is DPR's East Coast BIM Manager where he has direct responsibility for the Building Information Modeling process from preconstruction to close-out. He will be a panelist for the "Digital Visualization & Augmented Reality" presentation in the morning. DPR's Moawia Abdelkarim--who is a member of DPR’s Construction Technology and Innovation Teams, and leads technology implementations with a focus on construction operations and field mobility--will be a panelist for the "FutureTech in Record Time" talk on BIM in the afternoon. 

Looking forward to hearing what the industry has to say on this ever-changing and evolving topic! Click here for more information. On Twitter, the hashtag is #ENRTECH.

July 5, 2012

DPR Employees Satisfied, Says Washington Post

DPR employees are satisfied, says this Washington Post article that highlights DPR's offices and the company's social nature. Thanks for noticing!

The article focuses on DPR internal get togethers. While DPR's office wine bars are a great spot for monthly gatherings to celebrate things like employee birthdays, zero defects, project milestones and awards, they serve a much more important purpose than the name implies. It's a natural spot for employees to meet throughout the workday and share information, a central place to stop by after a meeting and decompress with a soda, and hold town hall meetings. DPR's Dianna Petitt says, "Half the time we might be in there putting together proposals or having a meeting.” 

This integral part of DPR's culture is just part of what makes DPR unique.

July 2, 2012

More from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation HQ Ribbon Cutting

As reported in the previous blog post, last Friday, DPR team members attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new David and Lucile Packard Foundation Corporate Headquarters.

Established in 1964 by Hewlett-Packard co-founder David Packard and his wife, Lucile, the foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the country. The foundation promotes environmental restoration and protection, along with population and reproductive health, children, and the local community. 

Attendees of the ribbon cutting enjoyed this delicious cake replica of the new foundation headquarters.

Guests were also treated to a tour of the facility with EHDD architects. A building designed for net-zero and LEED Platinum, the intention is to generate as much energy as it uses.


Here's the DPR team, cutting the ribbon (from left: Clement Balser, Mike Messick, Kaitlin Murchison and Mike Humphrey). Mike Humphrey called the project, “anything but traditional,” and said that it includes “some of the most advanced and sufficient systems available today.” He also praised the Packard Foundation for its commitment to stick to its vision.

Check out more of the news coverage from outlets such as Silicon Valley Mercury News and the Belmont Patch (which includes a comprehensive image slideshow of the event) here.

June 29, 2012

DPR Celebrates Ribbon Cutting for New Building Designed for Net-Zero

Today, DPR celebrates the completion of the new David and Lucile Packard Foundation Corporate Headquarters with a ribbon cutting event in Los Altos. Designed by architect EHDD, the understated elegance of the 50,000-square-foot, two-story wood and steel structure belies the project's complex design and construction processes. Taking sustainability to the next level, not only is it designed to use less energy, the intention is to generate its own power on-site. The building is designed for net-zero, which means it will produce as much or more energy as it annually consumes. The new headquarters is targeting LEED® Platinum certification, which makes it the first of its size and type in the U.S., and serves as a sustainability model.

DPR Regional Manager Mike Humphrey (second from the left in the picture below) participated in a roundtable at the event. He said, “Today marks the celebration of a traditional milestone for what has been anything but a traditional project. A lot of people think and act green, but we commend the Packard Foundation for its leadership in taking sustainability to the next level. The project is not only targeting 95 LEED points—well above the minimum 80 required for Platinum level certification—but also includes some of the most advanced and efficient systems and materials available today.” 

Learn more here.

Congratulations to all involved!

June 7, 2012

My Morning Commute: DPR BIM Engineer’s Ride to Work

Get an inside peek at my morning commute. I travel from my home in San Francisco to the construction job site in Palo Alto on my bike with the help of CalTrain.

Public Transit isn't so bad, give it a try.

Enjoy the scenic ride. 

June 4, 2012

IPD/BIM as Facility Management Tools

DPR's Andrew Arnold, PhD, contributed an article called "Integrating Facility Management and Operations into IPD/BIM Projects" to the Healthcare Building Ideas Blog. 

While IPD and BIM can cut down on project schedules and save costs during construction, owners also care about costs associated with the life-cycle of a building - such as maintenance and operations - after it has been built. Use of IPD and BIM can be integrated from strictly construction tools to facility management tools by providing visualization for maintenance access; cataloging and locating rooms, spaces, furniture and equipment; and locating MEP products and systems.

June 3, 2012

You Say You Want a Revolution?

In The Registry's article titled "Building a Scientific Revolution," the story explores the unique design of DPR's new stem cell lab, the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research. It opened in 2010 at the University of San Francisco.

Built in a design/build venture, the new stem cell lab building has a snake-like, curved shape with rooftop gardens. Crews had to wear rock-climbing gear just to combat the steep site above Golden Gate Park on the Parnassus Campus. The building's distinct shape also required the team to provide varying foundation depths. Despite challenges, working with lean construction techniques allowed the team to finish on time and on budget.

May 31, 2012

ENR CA Reports: Green Ambition of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

ENR California reported on DPR's 878,000-sq-ft UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay project. With outdoor gardens, terraces and lots of glass to let in sunlight, the team has an ambitious goal of achieving a LEED Gold rating, which is rare for a hospital.

On schedule for completion in 2015, UCSF's 289-bed Medical Center at Mission Bay includes three hospitals: the 183-bed Benioff Children's Hospital; a 36-bed women's specialty hospital; and a 70-bed cancer hospital. A 200,000-sq-ft medical office building, 36,000-sq-ft utility plant, helipad, parking garage and support services will also be included in this project.

To learn more about this fascinating work, read ENR California's article here.

May 16, 2012

MOBs - The Next Generation?

As a follow up to his "Small Hospitals, Big Technology" post on April 17, DPR's Gerry Dewulf discusses the concept of "Super MOBs" in his most recent submission to Healthcare Building Ideas' blog.

By adding imaging space, a small lab and a few procedure rooms to a hoteling MOB where doctors can see patients a day or two per week, we create the next generation facility--ideal for bedroom communities surrounding sprawling metropolitan areas.

For the concept to work, it takes a solid balance sheet, top-notch staff and the right volumes of service and patients.