We believe that building sustainable structures is simply the right thing to do. We’ve even built three net-zero energy buildings as our own offices in Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco. Read some of our green stories and thoughts from some of our over 400 LEED accredited Professionals.

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!

May 17, 2012

Clif Bar & Company’s Headquarters - LEED Platinum

Completed in 2010 by DPR and ZGF Architects, the Clif Bar & Company's Headquarters in Emeryville has just received LEED Platinum certification.

The facility comprises 115,000 square feet of office space. The cutting-edge facility also includes an employee cafe, onsite childcare facility, theater, fitness room, yoga room, massage rooms, and bike storage.

Green features include a solar array-fitted rooftop, which provides the bulk of the building's power. The solar thermal panels also generate 70% of the heat needed to heat water. The headquarters also includes four atrium gardens that provide sunlight and rain to the plants and garden greenery. Read more about the project here.

February 13, 2012

ENR Ranks DPR’s Facebook Data Center #1

Engineering News-Record ranked DPR's Facebook Data Center in Prineville, Oregon as the top project for 2011.

The first data center to be owned, designed and operated by the omnipresent social network, it's easy to see why the industry "liked" the project so much. The first of three ground-up data center buildings at the greenfield site, PRN1 (acronym for Prineville Building 1) is Facebook's first LEED-Gold certified building. The data center cooling system utilizes 100% outside air for free, natural cooling. BIM, innovative green features and design-assist subcontractors were used to construct the 320,000-sq.-ft. mission critical facility. PRN1 was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

Read more about the innovative data center here.

November 20, 2011

A Green First: DPR’s San Diego Office

DPR's LEED Platinum, net zero San Diego office building is setting a new standard for the region.

The only office building in the city to achieve those 2 green achievements, DPR's 24,000-sq.ft. facility actually generates energy to put back into the grid.

Read about it all here.

October 26, 2011

New Project: Facebook Sweden

There's a lot to "like" at DPR right now!

DPR is honored to be selected to construct Facebook's new data center in Lulea, Sweden. The 300,000-sq.-ft. data center will be constructed though a a joint venture between NCC Construction Sweden and Fortis Construction in Portland, Oregon. Aiming for LEED Gold and planned for completion in December 2012, this is the first of three data centers planned for the area.

Read more here.

October 18, 2011

Topping Out at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

The UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay project reached an important milestone. Abuzz with excitement, DPR celebrated the topping out of the $1.5 billion, 289-bed campus. This signifies the completion of structural steel erection. On track to open in 2015, the 878,000-sq.-ft. medical facility is aiming for LEED Gold and consists of 3 hospitals. Congrats to the team, keep up the great work!

To see what Medical Construction & Design magazine wrote about this achievement, click here

October 16, 2011

DPR Celebrates Topping Out of UCSF Medical Center

Nearly one year after breaking ground on the $1.5 billion, 878,000-gross-sq.-ft. project, the team will celebrate with a traditional topping out ceremony, where a beam signifying the end of the structural steel erection will be put in place.

Be a part of the milestone topping out celebration of the future UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay without leaving your computer screen. You can join the topping out celebration live via the web on Monday, October 17th at 11:30 A.M. (PDT) at www.missionbayhospitals.ucsf.edu

Read more about the project and the topping out in the press release:

September 27, 2011

A Unique Boutique in Phoenix

Work is underway at the DPR Boutique, our future Phoenix headquarters as well as the first building in Arizona on target to operate at Net Zero efficiency. This means our building will generate as much or more energy than it consumes.

When this adaptive reuse project is complete, the DPR Boutique will be a living laboratory for our company. Visitors will see first hand how we implemented LEED features, renewable energy generation systems and sustainable construction practices to create a comfortable and functional interior environment for our employees. With only a few weeks before we open in October, we want to share our progress.

Check back on the DPR blog for videos from the project team covering milestones, structural features and the process of becoming Net Zero. Our hope is to inspire, educate and encourage our clients and the greater community to live and work more sustainably in the Arizona desert environment.

February 18, 2011

Assessing Green Building

In this article for Green Building Community, Autodesk and DPR Preconstruction Manager Nils Blomquist explore ways that building owners can assess building fitness in terms of energy use. DPR's Redwood City corporate office is used an example.

Read all about it here.