Mouji Linarez-Castillo
Business Development Manager

Mouji Linarez-Castillo

Mouji Linarez-Castillo joined the DPR team in 2013 to help expand DPR’s footprint in South Florida.  She has enjoyed working in several roles in the construction industry since she completed the Master’s Degree program in Civil Engineering at University of Colorado in Boulder, in 1999 and is honored to be a part of the team of professionals at DPR Construction. 

Posts: 4
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
First Job: My first job was as a vendor at Wrigley Field, selling peanuts. A great way to learn sales! There is an art to selling peanuts, believe it
Foreign Languages: My goal is to speak six languages. Right now I speak English and Spanish, with a few choice words in French!
Favorite Place to Visit: Italy, for the food of course! I am a true Epicurean.
Posts In: Construction Technologies, Healthcare, Higher Education, Sustainability


March 21, 2016

Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute: Built By Women, For Women

Congratulations to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute project team for winning a National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award from the Associated Builders & Contractors in the category of Healthcare, $10-$25 million. The awards program honors high-quality merit shop construction projects that include innovation, quality workmanship, and the highest safety standards.

It’s not every day that you have a facility designed and constructed by women, for women, especially when the percent of women in the construction and architecture industries accounts for only 12 percent of the workforce (2014 US Bureau of Labor Statistics). However, from DPR’s early involvement in preconstruction, it was clear that the team of architects, designers and owner’s representatives – which just so happened to be a 90 percent female team – shared a vision for creating a facility with the patient in mind.

The final product is the strikingly beautiful Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute. This 46,000-sq.ft. facility offers the expertise of renowned clinicians, the most advanced imaging technology in the region and a myriad of holistic and educational programs and support groups, providing women in South Florida with a continuum of care.

Perhaps summed up best by Dr. Kathy Schilling of the institute, “Our goal is to meld our leading position in breast health with the significant expertise Boca Regional has in such areas as pelvic health, cardiovascular disease and other important specialties,” said Dr. Schilling. “In the new Christine E. Lynn Women's Health & Wellness Institute we have done just that and now offer a spectrum of services, all in one place and at one time.”

DPR Construction, the HKS Architects team, as well as designers and owner’s representatives are all proud to have worked on a project which will leave a truly lasting impact on women’s healthcare in the community. 

Kali Bonnell (R), project manager, and I accept the pyramid award during the 26th annual Excellence in Construction awards ceremony.  (Photo Credit: Jerry Thompson)

October 12, 2015

From Paper to Paperless: Maximizing a Project’s Efficiency in the Digital Age

With the responsibilities of each construction professional growing daily, kick off your next project with everyone on the same (digital) page. Maximize your team’s efficiency in design and construction through the use of paperless jobsites—a topic of discussion at a recent Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter event.

Attendees gained an inside look into this practice through the eyes of an architect, general contractor, and subcontractor. Some of the lessons learned and trends discussed included:

  • It’s not just for millennials. Many seasoned construction professionals are embracing the shift, with teams sharing 100% digital project files and using iPads in the field. During the submittal approval process, we see an average savings of ten days/each submittal approval. During construction, tech-savvy subcontractors gain real-time communication with the jobsite. The result is seamless communication, improving the ability to manage change and meet schedule milestones more efficiently.
  • It’s vital to select the necessary processes and supporting tools before starting a project. Bluebeam Studio, PlanGrid and Box are just a few digital tools used to collaborate. The means and methods of consistent file structure are equally as important as the tools themselves.
  • “Human interaction still prevails,” said William Santiago with HKS Architects, Inc. By blending human interaction with real-time technology, we’re able to bring the industry forward, together.

Joining William and me on the panel were Kali Bonnell with DPR Construction, and RayC Southern with Baker Concrete. HKS and DPR worked together on the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute (a paperless jobsite), and Baker worked with DPR on the FIU Academic Health Science Building 4.

Photo courtesy of Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter

July 28, 2015

Is a Net-Zero Energy Campus Possible?

When it comes to higher education facilities, how attainable is net-zero energy? 

During the Florida Educational Facilities Planners’ Association, Inc. (FEFPA) 2015 Summer Conference, I joined industry leaders Nick Ertmer with DPR Construction, Stella Perico with Leo A. Daly, Scott Robinson with AEI Consultants, and Buck Martinez with FPL on a panel to discuss sustainable design and construction strategies, and lessons learned from prior campus projects.

Here's a summary of what we discussed:

  • Change starts early. And it starts with all of us inspiring and challenging industry professionals to push themselves and help their customers consider incorporating sustainable options, such as Architecture 2030’s “2030 Challenge.” Imagine if we could meet the goal of all new buildings being carbon neutral by the year 2030!
     
  • Consider the human impact on sustainability. The next phases of green building will be as much about people as technology. To evolve to the next level of green, the industry needs to embrace using energy models and building owners need to commit to collecting post-occupancy data. Facility managers can then compare data to the energy model to verify that the building meets the performance metrics it was designed to achieve. To bridge the gap from construction to efficient operations, the campus facility manager can participate in design discussions. Why? Through early education, the facility manager can use the energy model to establish a performance baseline, and have a solid understanding on how to maximize the building’s performance to track each year.
     
  • Success stories. While we can use technology to measure successful sustainable practices, one thing will always affect the bottom line, and that’s the end user. Consider Florida International University’s Academic Health Center 4. Completed in 2013, the team on the 136,000-sq.-ft. project used the energy model and as a result, was able to modify the building controls to make sure the building performs as designed. In just one year, the university saved $77,000 in gas and electric costs.

By challenging ourselves, our project teams, and by raising awareness on lessons learned from others on the path to sustainable campus design and construction, net-zero energy can be attainable.

Learn more about DPR's green and net-zero energy experience here.

(Left to Right) Buck Martinez, Scott Robinson, Stella Perico, Kirk Stetson, Mouji Linarez-Castillo (blog author), and Nick Ertmer speak on a panel discussing ‘Is a Net-Zero Campus Possible? What Others Have Done and What the Payoff Can Be’ during FEFPA’s 2015 Summer Conference

October 6, 2014

Big Business Tools + Small Business Know-How

On Friday, October 3 DPR's West Palm Beach office kicked off the first of a three-part Contracting Series at Palm Beach State College’s Boca Raton campus. The series is geared toward emerging contractors searching for new opportunities to grow their business. Part one focused on valuable tips, tools and resources to assist subcontractors in generating new revenue streams. DPR’s overall objective is to help Palm Beach Stage College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provide a valuable educational series from the commercial contractor’s perspective.

Attendees gained insight on how to market and grow their business, with first hand feedback from what customers expect before working with a new firm in the Construction and Engineering arena. Debbie Lanford, the International Trade Specialist at the FSBDC at Palm Beach State College, commented, “The presentation was one of the best I have seen. Relevant, informative and engaging.”

For DPR, this is an opportunity to get involved in the community and seek out qualified Small Business Enterprises (SBE’s) and to help Palm Beach State College SBDC fulfill their mission “To impact the small business community with world-class quality services that make a measurable contribution to regional economic growth and prosperity.”

Series #2 will be held November 7th and targeted towards small businesses that have been up and running for at least one year and are looking to establish relationships with the right resources (CPA, legal counsel, bonding, insurance, and banking) to grow their business.

Series #3 will be held December 5th and will focus on retaining talent and managing business growth. Topics covered will focus on HR, company policies and retention.

(L to R) DPR's Krista Luther, Mouji Linarez Castillo, Adrian Barrios