October 13, 2011

DPR Bay Area Now Building Sandcastles

DPR’s Bay Area regional offices competed in the 28th annual LEAP Sandcastle Competition Saturday, October 8, 2011. DPR’s two teams competed against 20 other teams of contractors teamed with architects and schools.

The teams arrived around 7:30 a.m. and didn’t leave until the results were announced at 4 p.m. After a long day of shoveling sand and helping raise money for a great organization, DPR’s teams won the Best Integration of Theme award and the Best Participation of Leap Kids award and most importantly, had a great time.

DPR will continue to support Leap’s efforts to stimulate imagination and creativity in Bay Area children by bringing visual and performing artists and architects into the classroom for extended residencies, interweaving all aspects of learning in with the creative process. Leap was established in 1979 as a response to the passing of California Proposition 13, which dramatically reduced state funding for education and effectively eliminated the art from public elementary schools.

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.

September 15, 2011

A Team United: Sutter Health Eden Medical Center IPD project highlighted in ENR

The 11-party Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team for the Sutter Health Eden Medical Center project made the cover of ENR's September issue. With an unprecedented number of team members sharing in risks and rewards based on one relational contract, DPR's involvement in this exciting, $320 million IPD project takes an "all-for-one-project" delivery strategy dubbed by ENR as "IPD on steroids."

At 70% completion, the project is trending six weeks ahead of schedule and on budget. Also of note is that there are only 333 requests for information, when 3,000 is typical for an equivalent conventionally built hospital project. Team members, who were skeptical at first, have become believers in the IPD process--some saying that it is the best project they have ever worked on.

Read the full story here.

June 23, 2011

BIM and Budgeting

This thought-provoking article for Design Cost Data explores how using BIM can affect budgeting. Specifically, it discusses how BIM can deliver fast and accurate cost estimates to keep projects on track.

Andy Hill, Pre-Construction Manager for DPR's Phoenix office, is featured and talks about his use of BIM for rapid cost feedback on a target value design project.

April 2, 2011

Max Planck Florida Institute Tops Out

DPR's Max Placnk Florida Institute project team plan to celebrate the new facility's topping out with a ceremony. The CEO and other institute members will be hand, as the last beam is hoisted and placed atop the structure. The biomedical research facility encompasses 6 acres in Jupiter, Florida.

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.

February 9, 2011

DPR is Purposefully Different, Says Harvard Business Review Blog

Are you different on purpose? The Harvard Business Review blog seems to think DPR is. And that's a good thing. In this article, the author discusses why companies infused with a sense of purpose--like BMW and Whole Foods--outperform those who don't have a clear sense of purpose. He expresses his admiration for DPR's purpose-driven ideology and how that makes the company stand out from the crowd.

February 6, 2011

UCSF Medical Center: New Stem Cell Lab

A unique addition to UCSF's Parnassus Medical Center campus, DPR's Stem Cell Lab (called the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building) is set to open next week. The 68,500-square-foot building houses UCSF's stem cell research efforts and can accommodate up to 300 professors, staff and students.

Discover more about this fascinating project by reading this SF Gate article.