October 8, 2012

Latest Version of DPR Model Slicer Released

DPR has released the latest version of its free DPR Model Slicer plug-in for Autodesk Revit, which is available to download. DPR Model Slicer facilitates the sometimes tedious process of splitting and sectioning a 3D model. During the modeling process, items are often drawn in a way that doesn’t match the way that things will be built in the field. The Model Slicer allows you to set parameters and values that can quickly and repeatedly create 3D sections that correspond to the built environment, facilitating processes such as 3D coordination or 4D scheduling.

Our Model Slicer plug-in was created after our employees found themselves spending too much time slicing BIM models received from design partners into models that would accurately reflect construction needs. On a high-profile hospital project in the Bay Area, Chidambaram Somu, a DPR BIM Engineer, used the Model Slicer to help him quickly divide the single slab object into 16 separate components, reflecting the precise control joints required by the construction team. “I was able to create all 16 slab sections in the time that it used to take me to produce one.” The plug-in also allows fast exporting of precisely the views and content users want, so the model becomes compatible with a variety of software platforms. According to Chidambaram, “The process becomes really simple, breaking redundancy and automating the process.”

The new version 3 release of the Model Slicer brings with it some powerful improvements. Along with the previously available ability to section according to gridlines and levels, users can now also use a selection box to specify the boundaries. Another improvement, suggested by the large contingent of users, was the ability to quickly strip a Revit file of all existing Views and Sheets. On some projects, this has led to a file size savings of up to 50%. Our Model Slicer supports all flavors of Revit, from versions 2011-2013, along with Revit Suite, Architecture, MEP, and Structure.

October 3, 2012

HSEB Grand Opening

Tomorrow is the official grand opening of the eagerly-awaited Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), the newest structure on the 28-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Constructed in a joint venture by DPR Construction and Sundt Construction, Inc., designed by CO Architects and Ayers Saint Gross, and with the City of Phoenix and the Arizona Board of Regents as owners, the project was delivered on time and on budget during one of the most difficult economic times in our country. Currently targeting LEED®-NC Silver Level Certification, the six-story, 268,000-sq.-ft., $135 million building was created so the state could expand its medical education facilities. HSEB addresses the critical physician shortage in Arizona by educating the next generation of science/health professionals and helps contribute to the development of a bioscience district in downtown Phoenix.

Collaboration was vital to the success of this project. In a unique demonstration of partnership, HSEB’s end users are both the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix campus (expanded from Tucson, AZ) and the Northern Arizona University physical therapy program (located in Flagstaff, AZ). For the grand opening, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart, Northern Arizona University President John Haeger and Arizona Board of Regents Chair Rick Myers will be on hand to formally unveil the new building, which now houses more than 300 health science students from the two state universities. Demonstrations and tours of the building also will be conducted. Representatives from DPR and the project team will attend.

The building was a united effort of two owners, two universities, two architects and two general contractors. This innovative model for an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to health sciences education and research merged programs from two universities with distinct cultures onto one campus. An interactive planning process, which involved educators from the cross-section of health sciences disciplines, worked to create an educational vision of a team-based continuity of care model.

Check out the virtual tour of HSEB.

October 1, 2012

A Force for UCSF Medical Center

Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff and his wife, philanthropist Lynne Benioff, under the umbrella of Salesforce.com Foundation, hosted a benefit concert featuring Grammy award-winning trio Lady Antebellum and comedian Dana Carvey last week at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. 

The concert, benefitting UCSF’s Benioff Children’s Hospital, drew thousands to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. It raised $4.3 million to support completion of the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at Mission Bay.

The children’s hospital is part of the larger UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay project that is being built in an integrated team approach, including UCSF, Stantec Architecture, Cambridge CM, DPR and 17 subcontractors at the Integrated Center for Design and Construction (ICDC) to deliver the ground-up, 878,000-sq.-ft. hospital complex.

"We're on time and on budget," said UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret to SFGate about the 289-bed, state-of-the-art complex for children, women and cancer patients. "And we're just down to raising $195 million for our February 2015 opening."

The UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay includes the 183-bed UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at Mission Bay with an urgent care/emergency department, pediatric primary care, and specialty outpatient care; a Women's Specialty Hospital with 36 beds, cancer care, specialty surgery, and birth center; UCSF Cancer Hospital at Mission Bay, part of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center that will house 70 beds and offer inpatient and outpatient surgery for cancer specialties; and a 207,400-sq.-ft. outpatient building and a 36,000-sq.-ft. energy center with helipad, parking and support services. This project aims at LEED® Gold certification and will feature 16 individual gardens, creating green space totaling 4.3 acres. Over an acre of the space will be rooftop gardens, which will help to reduce storm water runoff. The complex will deliver 100 percent outdoor (rather than re-circulated) air to every space.

Once complete, the innovative hospital will set a new world-class standard for patient- and family-centered health care, safety, sustainability, and medicine.  To view footage from the event, click here or for more information about UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, click here

September 23, 2012

Greenbuild 2012 Tours

Greenbuild, the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, is less than two months away. Greenbuild 2012 will be taking place in San Francisco from November 14th to 16th. While at Greenbuild, be sure to check out the following conference tours featuring DPR projects:

HD13: Socially Responsible by Design: The Legacy and Leadership of Green Building at Mills College
Explore a legacy of green campus development and environmental stewardship at the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College in Oakland. Attendees will tour three buildings nestled in the historic campus designed by local design firms. The LEED Platinum Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building, an early pioneer in sustainable design, incorporates rainwater harvesting, interactive energy metric displays and photovoltaic panels. The Jeannik Mequet Littlefield Concert Hall employs an underfloor air distribution system in the context of a challenging historic renovation. Finally, the first LEED Gold business school in California, the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business, integrates cutting edge with effective green strategies, including a living green roof, rainwater harvesting, natural ventilation, and radiant heating.

FD12: 2030 today: Three Institutions Leading the Way
This full-day tour highlights four recent projects at three sites on the San Francisco peninsula that aim beyond high-performance buildings toward broader views of sustainable institutions: the Packard Foundation’s effort to reduce their organizational carbon footprint; Portola Valley Town Center’s accounting for embodied CO2 emissions in the materials and construction; and finally, Sacred Heart School’s effort to create healthy learning environments where students can conceive of a more sustainable future. The projects showcase a range of certifications and goals, including the first LEED Platinum for Schools project, a AIA Top Ten award winner, a Living Building Challenge contestant, and Net Zero Energy performance.

See you at Greenbuild!

September 21, 2012

Clif Bar Wins Livable Buildings Award

The Center for the Built Environment (CBE) selected the Clif Bar & Company Headquarters in Emeryville, CA as the winner of the 2012 Livable Buildings Award. Clif Bar's ultra-modern space was transformed from a World War II valve manufacturing facility into a workplace haven for its outdoor enthusiast employees. The adaptive reuse LEED-Platinum project includes a 530-kilowatt solar installation, which meets nearly all the office's electricity needs. More than 90% of the occupied space is naturally daylit. The open floor plan encourages employee interactions, but the design also includes 16 conference rooms and six "telephone booths" to allow for privacy and small meetings. Other unique employee spaces include a wellness center, research and development kitchen, gym, cafe, theater, and daycare.

CBE's Livable Buildings Award recognizes projects that meet the highest standards for providing healthy, productive indoor environments and represent best sustainability practices. Now in its sixth year, it is given to buildings that demonstrate exceptional performance in terms of resource efficiency, overall design and occupant satisfaction (using CBE's Occupant Indoor Environmental Quality Survey). CBE's survey is used to study occupant satisfaction with the quality of the indoor environment and has been used in over 575 buildings around the world.

Photo Credits: Drew Kelly

September 20, 2012

Best Projects in California Announced by ENR

Two DPR projects were selected as winners for this year's ENR California Best Projects. The David & Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters in Los Altos won Best Green Project. Palomar Medical Center in Escondido--regarded as the "Hospital of the Future" and featured in DPR's Future of Healthcare study--won Best Health Care Project.

The competition recognizes 38 of the region’s best achievements in construction and design. Winners will be featured in the December 2012 issue of ENR California. On December 6th, winners will also be honored at the annual Best Projects breakfast at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel. Congratulations to all!

The David & Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters (Photo Credit: Ted van der Linden):


Palomar Medical Center (Photo Credit: David Cox):

September 18, 2012

Extra! Extra! Read All About It in the DPR Review Newsletter

The Spring/Summer 2012 edition of the DPR Review newsletter is out. Learn about new, intriguing developments and trends in construction.

Want to read about how chilled beams result in cost savings? Interested in the Hospital of the Future and the Future of Healthcare? The Packard Foundation's Net-Zero targeted new headquarters? 

Did you know that Florida is now home to world-renowned, German-based Max Planck Society’s first research institute in the U.S.? Curious to learn what 60 AEC professionals said needs to change about current scheduling practices?

Read about these topics, how owners can reduce costs, what's happening across the industry and much more in the new edition of the DPR Review.

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.

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