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August 19, 2013

Upgrading the World’s First LEED Platinum EBOM Data Center

Without disrupting operations, the DPR team upgraded an existing Kaiser Permanente data center in Northern California. This third phase was the latest in a series of projects that DPR has built on this Kaiser Permanente campus. In an earlier phase, DPR renovated the original Kaiser Permanente data center, which gained recognition as the world's first data center to acheive LEED® Platinum for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM).

Upgrades to the 157,000-sq.-ft. data center in this third and latest phase included:

  • a 60,000-sq.-ft. new central utility plant addition to increase electrical and mechanical capacity; and
  • the build-out of an additional 40,000-sq.-ft. area of computer equipment.

The stakes were high. As noted in the Future of Healthcare study, the electronic health information stored in medical data centers is integral to healthcare because caregivers use the data to make vital decisions. To protect the operational data center during the upgrades, the team used a vibration monitoring system, a high level of building information modeling (BIM), and 3D laser scanning.

Read more about this data center and learn what Kaiser Permanente’s Executive Director for Data Center Facilities says about the project in the newest issue of the DPR Review.

June 23, 2013

Groundbreaking in Virginia Means More Medical Space

On June 13, there was a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Medical Facility at Rutland Commons in Mechanicsville, VA.

Shovels in hand, DPR attended the event along with the rest of the project team.

Owned by C4 Rutland, LLC c/o Crosland Southeast, the building's tenant is HCA of Virginia. It was designed by architect, Gresham Smith & Partners.

Construction is estimated to take 9 months. 

Upon completion, it will be a one-story, 22,000-sq.-ft. ground-up medical office building that will provide medical space for HCA.

The facility will house:

  • Imaging Center (including CT scanner and future MRI),
  • Free-standing Emergency Department, and
  • Office space that will include a bone density room, ultrasound room, and mammography room.

Photos Courtesy of Meredith Lipscombe

June 12, 2013

What’s on the Horizon for Healthcare in Orange County?

Themes of rapid transition, excitement and new activity for the local Orange County healthcare real estate market filled the room at the latest Bisnow event at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, CA. More than 250 attendees made it out to network and learn about the changes. Two panels of experts shared their current experiences and future outlook on the market. Here's what they said:

Top trends include:

  • Consolidation of hospitals and physician groups
  • Obamacare changes
  • An increased aging population

There are new opportunities out there in the healtchare market, but creativity is key. Healthcare systems are even more sensitive with dollars spent due to new reimbursement regulations. Every dollar counts, so it is up to us as A/E/C professionals to maximize the value we bring.

With that also comes new challenges. For example, there are not enough doctors, and the design impacts of new technology for infrastructure upgrades on older spaces are making it more appealing to do ground-up construction.

Ron Rendina, who leads DPR Construction's healthcare market in So Cal, shared his thoughts as a speaker on the panel. He emphasized how medical office building (MOB) design is undergoing major shifts. The new thinking integrates patient services organized by pods. Some designs do not even include hallways but feature more open space with centralization of physician practices, waiting rooms, and break rooms. He says that we are beginning to see common patient services that naturally complement each other in a one-swoop setting for patient convenience.

Photo Credit: Mark Bisnow

“Innovation and technology are the future, as we are beginning to see the benefits that could play in the outpatient, home healthcare environment, and in design and construction practices. BIM, prefabrication, and mobile technology are driving construction processes to produce more reliable outcomes for our healthcare clients,” says Rendina.

To learn more about the Future of Healthcare, read DPR's study here.

February 27, 2013

ASHE PDC Summit: Award Ceremony & DPR Hospitality Event

Many, including myself, headed to San Francisco this week for the ASHE International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction--the PDC Summit--which began on February 24 and ended today on February 27. On February 25, during the Open Session, there was a Vista award ceremony, which recognized project teams with New Construction, Infrastructure and Renovation awards. I was honored to be a part of the John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital Specialty Surgical Care project team, which was recognized with a 2013 Vista Award for Renovation. The team, which included ccrd Partners and Orcutt|Winslow, renovated the space in 10 months to create a 21,350-square-foot Med-Surg unit with 28 post-surgery beds. 

Here's the team onstage receiving the award.

Later that night, DPR hosted a hospitality event at Waterbar on The Embarcadero for around 350 colleagues, customers and partners. With indoor and outdoor space and a fantastic view of the Bay Bridge, guests chatted, enjoyed refreshments and delicious food, while enjoying the music of the live band. 


A special treat especially for those visiting from out of town like myself, we had a front row seat to the Bay Bridge light show, which was a dazzling sight to behold.

The PDC Summit has a distinguished history of bringing together owners, design teams, contractors and many more industry professionals from around the country to learn from each other, make valuable connections, and lead change in the industry. In its 26th year, this year's conference continued that tradition. 

February 21, 2013

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital Renovation Wins 2013 ASHE Vista Award

DPR is honored to be a part of the John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital Specialty Surgical Care project team, which is being recognized with a 2013 Vista Award for Renovation. The award is being presented on Monday, February 25 during the Open Session of this year’s ASHE International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC Summit) in San Francisco.

About the project
The project team, which included Orcutt|Winslow as the architect and ccrd Partners as the engineer, renovated the third floor of the occupied John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Working together for 10 months, the team designed and constructed a new 21,350-square-foot Med-Surg unit to serve the community during the busy winter season. 

Working above occupied OR (operating room) and PACU (post-anesthesia care unit) space, it was critical to minimize noise for post-surgery patients. The team created a detailed plan, including items such as noise reduction kits for patients and visitors; hourly construction breaks; and visits from design and construction team members to answer questions and address concerns. Weekly team meetings also involved hospital staff from all departments to support increased communication.

“The dedication and commitment of this project team to ‘get it done’ in a very short time frame in order to accommodate our high winter patient census was remarkable,” said Rhonda Forsyth, president and CEO of the John C. Lincoln Health Network. Completed at the end 2011, the renovation received praise from staff, patients and their families, resulting in the Board of Directors authorizing funding for remodeling the fourth floor following the same standards.

Photos courtesy of Gregg Mastorakos

About the award
The prestigious Vista awards recognize the importance of teamwork in creating an optimal healthcare physical environment. The winning teams show a unity of purpose that helps projects succeed from pre-planning to implementation.

December 16, 2012

“Building Great Things” Golf Tournament Raises $30,000 for McLane Children’s Hospital

Representatives from DPR’s Building Great Things golf tournament presented a check for $30,000 to McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple, TX on Dec. 14. The tournament was co-sponsored by Walker Engineering, Dynamic Systems, Prism Electric and Schmidt Electric. The tournament, which sells out quickly every year, is hosted by DPR’s Austin, TX office. In the past 12 years, the tournament has raised more than $250,000 for Central Texas organizations that support underserved youth.

DPR's Mike Martin and Chase Navarro presented the check. McLane Children’s Dr. John Boyd, CEO and CMO, and Ellen Hansen, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, were on hand to accept the check.

December 14, 2012

DPR Breaking Ground in January to Double Size of Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center plans to break ground in January on a $62.6 million project that will nearly double the size of its existing outpatient center in Gilbert, Arizona. HKS Inc. has designed a 110,000-sq.-ft. structure that DPR will build as an expansion of the existing 130,000-sq.-ft. building. DPR also worked on the existing building that opened in 2011, which was phase one of the extensive master plan for the campus. Utilizing the multi-disciplinary care approach pioneered at MD Anderson, services of the existing facility include: medical, radiation and surgical oncology; pathology; laboratory; diagnostic imaging as well as supportive clinical services. Read more about the original facility here.

The additional space will offering a new service and additional equipment and treatment areas to meet the needs of its rapidly growing patient population. It will open by spring 2014 and will add the following features:

  • three linear accelerators for radiation treatments;
  • 30 clinic exam rooms;
  • 13 infusion bays; 
  • an expansion of the laboratory intake center and welcome center;
  • The Cox Center for Integrative Oncology and Cancer Prevention, which will incorporate traditional cancer treatments with evidence-based integrative therapies, such as relaxation techniques;
  • space for the Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy program;
  • and additional shell space for future expansion needs.

As a leading provider of healthcare, Banner Health is deeply committed to the mission: “To make a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care.” The Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center on the Banner Gateway Campus delivers an unprecedented level of cancer care to patients in Arizona through the collaboration of Banner Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the internationally renowned cancer treatment and research institution.

September 6, 2012

“Hospital of the Future” Opens to the Public

After a four year construction process, DPR's new Palomar Medical Center opened to the public in late August. The hospital's historic opening commenced when over 100 patients were transferred from the existing medical center in downtown Escondido to the new Palomar Medical Center in western Escondido.

The project team used a collaborative, hybrid integrated project delivery model with numberous lean processes to build the new hospital. Designed by CO Architects, the state-of-the-art, 11-story, 740,000-square-foot, 288-bed facility is one of the most technologically-advanced hospitals in the nation. Eventually, it will be built out to 650 beds. This world-class healing environment is also one of the largest new hospitals built in California and is designed to meet both current and future needs of the community. The hospital provides inpatient care as well as surgical, rehabilitation, and emergency and trauma services. Innovative features include: all private patient rooms with flexibility; secure wireless network; expanded trauma and emergency services; a 1.5-acre green wavy roof, natural lighting and sustainable materials. About 1,700 employees will work at the new hospital and staffing could eventually grow to more than 2,000.

Says Palomar Health President and CEO Michael H. Covert, “Our goal was to create a uniquely flexible, future-oriented facility that would combine all of the principles that have been studied for many years to enhance the care and safety and well-being of patients and their families on one site, something that has not been effectively achieved on this scale anywhere in the country or the world.”

Chief Administrative Officer of the new Palomar Medical Center, Gerald Bracht says, “Palomar Health had a vision to forever change the way health care is provided, and the people we serve placed their trust in us to make it happen. We are delivering on that promise by unveiling a world-class facility designed to transform the patient-care experience. The building is an architectural and technological masterpiece, but our outstanding staff will bring it to life and ultimately fulfill the vision.”

Palomar Medical Center was featured in DPR's Future of Healthcare study. Read about the Future of Healthcare here.

(Photo Credit: David Cox)

August 22, 2012

CLRMC Steel Signing Ceremony Held in Webster, TX

Celebrating both the construction of the new Women’s & Children’s Center and the 40th anniversary of the hospital, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center (CLRMC) held a steel signing ceremony on Tuesday in Webster, Texas. The ceremony was attended by DPR, local dignitaries, trustees and honored CLRMC staff members who have been with the hospital since its opening in 1972 as well as those who have been on staff for 20 or more years.

The new med/surge tower portion of the project, which DPR currently has under construction, will initially have three occupied stories with potential to expand to seven, a new ICU, new operating rooms and recovery rooms. Additionally, DPR is performing a six-phase remodel on the existing, adjacent building, which will become the new Women’s Center. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2013.

August 22, 2012

DPR Releases New “Future of Healthcare” Study

As a result of working with leading healthcare providers for years, DPR sees that the healthcare industry is changing quite dramatically. To live up to our core value of “ever forward” and better serve customers, DPR conducted a year-long, intensive study called, “Future of Healthcare” to find out where the industry is going over the next 10 years. The study used a mix of in-person interviews and online surveys, conducted by an independent third party.

With more than $2.5 billion in healthcare projects, DPR has a unique perspective on the entire healthcare ecosystem, as our work impacts how hospitals are designed, built and how they will eventually function. DPR conducted the study to bring new insights to the industry and help healthcare leaders navigate the increasingly complex environment that will impact patient care and bottom lines. More than 40 CEOs, owners, designers and management consultants were interviewed for the Future of Healthcare study. The perspectives of these executives reinforced what we’ve been hearing: Providers are seeking to deliver the best care while striving to be cost effective.

DPR’s Future of Healthcare study revealed 10 areas of industry change--in addition to healthcare reform--that include: accountable care organizations; pay-for-performance; aging population (both patients and staff); electronic medical records; healthcare worker shortage; sophisticated diagnostic and treatment equipment; handheld computers and portable diagnostic equipment; medical homes; holistic, patient-centered environment; and evidence-based medicine.

Three key areas that will become increasingly important to the industry over the next 10 years are: health economics, healthcare delivery and buildings of the future. 2012 is heading into an unprecedented era in managing health economics due to uncertainty and the need for healthcare providers to deliver the care they need, while being cost effective. Both the increasing population of aging people--as people live and work longer--and the additional 32 million insured U.S. citizens--the result of healthcare reform becoming fully implemented--will cause demand to skyrocket. Healthcare delivery is becoming more patient-centric, and at the same time, centralized and vertically integrated, with IT playing an important role.

Buildings of the future will accommodate trends in health economics and delivery, with emphasis around design and system integration. As health technologies become more sophisticated and simultaneously require less physical space, the need for server and data center support will increase. For example, dubbed the “Hospital of the Future,” DPR’s Palomar Medical Center just opened to the public on August 19th. As a building of the future, the hospital is a complete departure from the old way of doing things: It is adaptable, both in terms of patient needs and technology. The new hospital was designed and built with technological advancements in mind to facilitate better patient care. It is built to adapt: It can eventually house more than 600 patients, which is more than double its current size, and is wired with 57 miles of Ethernet cable to facilitate current and ever-changing technological systems.

The Future of Healthcare study consensus is that healthcare systems have already started to make the changes that will make them more competitive, regardless of the impact of government-mandated reform. As practiced today, healthcare is not fiscally sustainable. There must be, and there certainly will be, transformative changes over the next 10 years.

To tweet about this study, please use: #futureofhc