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.

To tweet about this study, please use: #futureofhc

August 20, 2012

A Volunteer’s Perspective—Turning Wheels for Kids Bike Repair Clinic

Last Saturday, Turning Wheels for Kids held a Bike Repair Clinic at DPR’s San Jose office. For those not familiar with the event, here is some background information on these repair clinics…When Turning Wheels for Kids was founded, the idea was to provide new bikes to kids whose families could not afford other presents at Christmas time. Many times, a bike from Turning Wheels for Kids is the only present that a child receives. As things evolved, we realized that a simple flat tire is the same as a death sentence for a bike. Once something is wrong, then the bike gets left outside to rust, becoming useless. The repair clinic concept was born from that--we decided to go into low-income areas and fix kids’ bikes for free.  Whatever we could do to get kids back on their rides, we would do. Bikes encourage children to get outside, exercise and fight obesity. 

Going back to last Saturday, here’s my experience of volunteering at the Bike Repair Clinic…I knew it was going to be a good day when I showed up to the office at 9 in the morning--a full hour before the event--to find a family of three already patiently waiting. I quickly showered (after a nice commute by bike) and got with the other volunteers from DPR, Turning Wheels for Kids and the Bike Doctorz who were starting to arrive, and we began setting everything up--tables, large shelters, parts, bike stands and, of course, the barbeque! As the clock struck 10, we were ready for the public. Some bike repairs were easy, just some flat tires, which new tubes quickly fixed. Others required much more. One bike started out with “just the tires need air.” Once I began going through the bike, the repair list started to grow: old tubes--fixed, broken pedal--replaced, loose crank--tightened, ripped bar grips--new ones installed, and lastly, a broken brake handle that was also replaced. The boy patiently waited while I fixed everything and showed him what I was doing. He was very shy and barely spoke a word. When I was done and handed him his bike back, he surprised me by exclaiming very loudly, “THANK YOU!”  Then, he rode his bike around our parking lot for an hour with a huge smile glued to his face. This kind of instant feedback is what makes these repair clinics so rewarding. 

There are many other similar stories that arose from the 95 bikes that were repaired that day. From the excited kids who have not been on their bikes in years to the super appreciative parents who do not have the means or knowledge to do the repairs themselves, a good time was had by all. 

Many thanks to all who came out to lend a hand (and their bike tools)!



August 16, 2012

Turning Wheels for Kids Bike Repair Clinic at DPR’s San Jose Office

This Saturday, August 18th, DPR and Turning Wheels for Kids will hold a Bike Repair Clinic at DPR's San Jose office from 10am to 2pm. This is a free event for neighborhood kids to not only get their bikes fixed, but also learn how to fix their bikes themselves. In addition to bike repairs and lessons, there will also be a barbecue.

For some local kids, bikes are the only way they can get around to go to school or a friend's house. More than just a toy, bikes give these kids independence, confidence, a fun way to exercise and a sense of adventure. Social workers in the area indicate that bikes are the number one requested gift by children. 

Supported by DPR’s San Jose office, Turning Wheels for Kids provides new bicycles to underprivileged children in the local community. DPR's Scott Greubel and Phil Bartkowski are on the organization's board. Last year, Turning Wheels for Kids provided 2,500 bikes to children. Don't forget to like Turning Wheels for Kids on Facebook.

Hope to see you Saturday!

August 16, 2012

Design-Build Data Center for HCA Underway in Nashville

Building permits have been issued for the construction of HCA’s new data center in Nashville, TN, which will be built by DPR, along with design-build partner PageSoutherlandPage.

This new data center is an expandable facility, capable of meeting HCA’s immediate needs and accommodating future growth. The initial phase is the construction of a 100,000-sq.-ft. structure with a 30,000-sq.-ft. raised floor with 12 MW systems and related utilities, 10,000-sq.-ft. office area, and warm shell space for future expansion.

DPR and PageSouthlerlandPage have a long history of collaboration on mission critical projects. They recently joined forces as design-build partners for the University of Texas Data Center Consolidation and also worked with Hewlett-Packard on their two Austin data centers.

HCA has been a valued DPR client nationwide for more than 15 years. Their new Nashville-area facility is scheduled to be completed in June, 2013.

Read more here.