March 14, 2012

IPD Enhances Project Results

In his ongoing contribution to Healthcare Building Ideas' blog, DPR's Gerry DeWulf explores the Integrated Project Delivery method in "Enhancing Project Results though an IPD Approach."

Whether a formal IPD contract is in place or not, IPD principles can be used to get the team on the same page and deliver great results for the owner. 

With these principles in place, decisions can be made quickly in order to do what's best for the project. However, innovation and commitment are necessary in order to make this happen.

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.

January 30, 2012

What is Value? DPR’s Hamilton Espinosa Contributes to Healthcare Building Ideas Blog

Over the next six months, I will be contributing to Healthcare Building Ideas' blog. In my first post, I discuss how the term "value" can have a different meaning to owners and project team members.

I discuss how issues like BIM and IPD can come into play when determing value. Is value merely saving money? Is it providing upgraded systems or streamlined delivery methods? What does value mean to you from your point of view? Check out the "What is Value?" post and see what you decide. Keep checking the Healthcare Building Ideas' blog to see more thought-provoking entries on a variety of healthcare topics.

January 19, 2012

Fortune 100 Ranks DPR 13th Best Company

DPR has claimed the 13th spot of the top 100 companies to work for in the nation!

Up 9 spots from last year, this honor was bestowed on DPR for reasons such as the company's open culture and ability to empower employees. With Google taking the top spot, we are proud to be in the company of such great and inspiring thinkers.

See the full list here.

January 11, 2012

Huffington Post Ranks DPR in Top 10 Firms to Work For

Huffington Post ranked DPR 10th in the top of 10 of companies that college students should want to work for.

Reasons for DPR's selection as the 10th best firm for college students to work for included our in-office wine bars, subsidized fitness memberships and company's principles of integrity, enjoyment, uniqueness and ever forwardness. Once again, Google took the top honor. 

Read the full list here.

December 7, 2011

DPR Believes the Children Are Our Future, Donates $590,000

Building Design+Construction wrote about DPR's charitable arm, DPR Foundation.

Established in 2008, DPR Foundation has awarded nearly $1.5 million to 17 different organizations over the past four years and is committed to helping disadvantaged youth within each of DPR's local communities by supporting youth-focused organizations.

For 2011-2012, DPR Foundation will be giving away $590,000 to 9 returning grantees and 3 new youth organizations for disadvantaged grade school to high school youths.

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.

November 7, 2011

Stimulating the Economy: UCSF Mission Bay

UCSF's 878,000-sq.-ft., $1.5 billion Mission Bay Medical Center project is stimulating the economy--including DPR's, according to the San Francisco Business Times.

The article discusses DPR's involvement with the mammoth project and company growth. It also features an interview with Mike Humphrey, DPR's General Manager for the firm’s San Francisco office.

November 2, 2011

Spreading BIM Technology to Korea

In Seoul, Korea, DPR Executive Vice President Eric Lamb met with Korean builder, GS Engineering & Construction (E&C).

E&C signed an agreement with DPR Construction on bilateral collaboration on Building Information Modeling. The BIM agreement was signified in a signing ceremony at the E&C's headquarters. Here's to a great partnership!

Read more here

October 27, 2011

DPR Model Slicer v2 Available for Download

DPR Model Slicer v2, a free Autodesk® Revit® Architecture plug-in, has just been released and is now available for download here.

Compatible with Revit 2010, 2011, and 2012, the DPR Model Slicer facilitates the creation of 3D building sections or “slices” from a Revit model, providing a faster way to section a model by individual floors or gridlines.

Version 2 of the plug-in incorporates many oft-requested features and improvements from the first version. Metric support is now available for non-US users. Also, users will now have the ability to utilize building gridlines to not only slice the model by level, but also into sub-sections. In addition, functions such as category selections, export formats, and overall performance are also improved.