January 25, 2013

Ever Forward: DPR’s Innovation Story Selected as Finalist for MIX Challenge

How do we make innovation an everyday, everywhere capability in our organizations? That's a question that the Innovating Innovation Challenge seeks to answer. DPR was selected as one of 24 finalists for the challenge that was presented by the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX), along with partners Harvard Business Review and McKinsey & Company. There were more than 140 entries. 

Check out the DPR's story here. "Likes,” comments and shares on DPR's Innovation story are welcome and will help with the judging process. Just create an account, which is quick and easy, and you can impact the outcome of this challenge. Winners of the challenge will be announced the week of February 11th. Stay tuned!

January 23, 2013

ENR Mid-Atlantic Selects DPR’s Lisa Lingerfelt & Christopher Gorthy as “Top 20 Under 40”

Congrats to Christopher Gorthy and Lisa Lingerfelt for making ENR's Top 20 Under 40 list in the Mid-Atlantic for 2013! ENR's Top 20 Under 40 competition in the Mid-Atlantic celebrates the excellence of young design and construction professionals in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia. An independent jury judged the candidates on factors such as: career experience, industry leadership, and community service. 

About Lisa
Lisa joined DPR 10 years ago and has quickly grown within the company ever since. With a passion for nurturing the talent around her, Lisa is a strategic thinker who can manage many details and projects while simultaneously looking at the big picture. For the last year and a half, Lisa has been a project executive as well as the manager of the DPR Richmond, VA office. As the leader of the Richmond office, Lisa is in charge of: creating and managing the DPR Richmond business plan; pursuing work; overseeing operations of current projects; hiring and mentoring people; and risk management. In addition to these responsibilities, Lisa has also recently taken on substantial management responsibilities for DPR's Washington, DC office. Lisa is involved with causes such as: Camp Comfort Zone, a bereavement camp that supports children who have lost a loved one; Rebuilding Together; ACE mentoring program; Youth League of America; Charlottesville Literacy Volunteers; and the American Heart Association's "Go Red" campaign. She is also involved with professional organizations such as: American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE)'s Central Virginia chapter; 7x 24's Richmond chapter; and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

About Christopher
With 14 years of experience in preconstruction, estimating, business development and project management, Christopher has developed a deep understanding of the design and construction industry from multiple perspectives. From his first day at DPR, over nine years ago, Christopher knew that to help grow the company, he needed to broaden his knowledge base, and embrace his goal of experiencing the many sides of the design and construction industry. Since that time, Christopher has exemplified the core values of the company and embraced the culture, becoming an integral member of the preconstruction team, and, as of two years ago, the Regional Leadership Group. It is through these two pivotal roles that he has been an active participant in mentoring and growing the next generation of leaders within the company. He also provides support for DPR’s national sustainability program with a focus on the East Coast. Christopher is involved with professional organizations such as: USGBC; Virginia Sustainable Building Network; Associated General Contractors; American Institute of Architects; and causes such as: Maryland Multicultural Youth Center (MMYC) and Rebuilding Together.

Look out for a special Mid-Atlantic edition of ENR on March 25, 2013, which will feature profiles of the winners. Congratulations to all who made the list!

January 21, 2013

$75,000 Check Presented to LAYC-MMYC by DPR Foundation

Last week, DPR Foundation folks presented a $75,000 check to the Latin American Youth Center-Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (LAYC-MMYC). LAYC-MMYC is one of 15 organizations that the DPR Foundation is supporting this year. 

DPR Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager Jeff Vertucci and DPR Foundation "champion" Alison Lyons presented the check to Maryland Managing Director Luisa Montero and LAYC Chief Development Officer Elliott Gaskins, along with dozens of youth and AmeriCorps service members and volunteers. In addition to the award, DPR gifted a digital camera to encourage LAYC-MMYC staff to share great pictures of their work with youth. The event took place at Nicholas Orem Middle School in Hyattsville, Maryland where guests enjoyed gourmet cupcakes. 

This grant marks the fifth year in a row that the DPR Foundation has supported LAYC-MMYC programs. Over the years, the Foundation has contributed more than $250,000 to LAYC-MMYC. The organization provides first aid training, cultural enrichment, nutrition, summer programs and physical activities to middle school youth.

The DPR Foundation formed in 2008. It is a company-wide, focused outreach to help children who fall short of their potential due to socio-economic challenges. For 2012-2013, the DPR Foundation distributed a grand total of $845,000 to support all of the organizations selected ($750,000 in grants with an additional $95,000 in discretionary funds to be disbursed regionally for the year). Since 2008, the Foundation has awarded more than $2.4 million to 21 different organizations focused on providing community support to grade school and high school-aged children.

January 16, 2013

Fortune Ranks DPR the 15th Best Company to Work For in the U.S.

DPR is proud and honored to be selected as the 15th best company to work for in America. This is the fourth year that DPR has ranked on the Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work For" list.

Central to this achievement is DPR's purpose: “We Exist To Build Great Things,” and core values of:

  • Integrity
  • Enjoyment
  • Uniqueness
  • Ever Forward

Additionally, DPR has long been recognized for its progressive employee practices. From customized wellness programs, a Phantom Stock program, extended time off and a refreshed companywide innovation program, DPR makes the wellbeing of employees a priority.

Said Doug Woods, co-founder and president of DPR Construction, “Inspiring employees and cultivating respect are pivotal to DPR’s business. As a company, it’s our job to take care of our customers, which means consistently delivering the highest quality facilities in the shortest amount of time and at the lowest possible cost. To do so, we know we must continue to hire, inspire, develop and grow the best people in the industry and to measure our performance against some of the best companies in the world.”

In its 16th year, Fortune's annual ranking of the best workplaces in corporate America is conducted with the Great Place to Work© Institute. The survey is the most extensive employee survey in corporate America, polling employees from companies nationwide about their company culture, credibility of management, individual respect, fairness, job satisfaction and camaraderie. The employee survey results accounted for two-thirds of DPR’s score. The other third was based on responses to the Institute’s Culture Audit, which included detailed questions regarding pay and benefit programs, as well as open-ended questions about hiring, communication, training and diversity.

Check out the full Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list here. Congratulations and thank you to all of DPR for continuing to build great things, including a great place to work!

January 10, 2013

Palomar Medical Center Wins 3 ENR Awards, Best Health Care in Nation

Engineering News-Record recently named the new Palomar Medical Center in Escondido the 2012 "Best of the Best Health Care Projects" nationally as well as California’s “Best Health Care Project” and “Best Overall Project.” The three awards were given to Palomar Health, CO Architects and DPR. According to ENR editors, “Best of the Best Projects” winners are “truly outstanding examples for the entire construction industry of teamwork, safety, overcoming challenges, innovation, and quality.” In February, the editors of ENR will select one project from the national “Best of the Best Projects” winners as the editor’s choice and Palomar Medical Center is eligible for this award.

Dubbed the “Hospital of the Future,” Palomar Medical Center is sited on 40 acres. The building has an 11-story patient tower—two wings intersecting at a central garden—and a two-story diagnostic and treatment wing, topped by an undulating 1.5-acre green roof planted with native flora to mimic nearby hillsides. The hospital includes 360 patient beds, 12 operating rooms and a trauma center. Read more about the award here and more about the project here.

Photos courtesy of: David Cox

In addition to Palomar Medical Center, five other DPR projects won regional ENR awards, including:

Congratulations to all involved!

January 5, 2013

DPR Foundation Presents John Avery Boys & Girls Club of Durham with Grant

On Dec. 14, DPR Construction teamed up with the John Avery Boys & Girls Club of Durham (JABGC) to co-host the organization’s board of directors, club members and their families, and volunteers for a “Christmas Party with a Twist.” The event provided the DPR Foundation, which supports youth organizations around the country, with the opportunity to present JABGC with a 2012 grant of $60,000. An additional $10,000 in discretionary funds are available to be disbursed to JABGC by the Foundation in 2013.

DPR’s Mindy Gray, who sits on the JABGC board of directors, attended the event, which featured Santa Claus providing bicycles and other gifts to underprivileged children. The club, according to Gray, is the only one of its kind serving Durham County’s 31,000 school-aged children, of which 60 percent live at or below the poverty level. “The need to support the John Avery Boys & Girls Club is great and never-ending,” Gray said. “By giving financial support to the John Avery Boys & Girls Club, we are helping give children the resources to succeed in education, flourish in life and becoming responsible citizens.”

JABGC works with youth from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. It serves more than 780 youth annually and provides its members with results-oriented programming, which is centered on academic success, healthy lifestyles and character. The club’s programs include mentoring, homework assistance, athletics, health and wellness, character development, the arts, and career-launch services. The club aims to serve youth when they are most vulnerable to negative influences: after school and during summer break.

In addition to the Foundation grants, employees in DPR’s Raleigh-Durham office provide volunteer support throughout the year. For example, five employees, including Gray who served as chair, sat on the organization’s golf committee for the annual “Golf Fore Kids” tournament, held in July. Additionally, by reaching out to subcontractors, a group of DPR volunteers raised $40,000 – more than half of the tournament’s grand total of $70,000 – and several DPR employees pitched in on the day of the event.

December 20, 2012

Happy Holidays from DPR!

In case you missed it...DPR has completed a series of small renovations that have made a big impact to our iconic customer. Over the last several months, DPR’s Special Services Group (SSG) has worked to transform a centuries-old facility into a modern example of energy efficiency—just-in-time for the holidays. Though until recently bound by a strict confidentiality clause, DPR can now share the details of this previously “top secret” project...HAPPY HOLIDAYS! See you in 2013.

December 18, 2012

2012 Bay Area Crafts Luncheon Recap

The Bay Area celebrated its crafts men and women on Friday, December 14 at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, CA. The luncheon celebrated the more than 1.6 million manhours worked in the Bay Area so far this year (4.9 million manhours total company-wide) on projects such as:

Safety was also a highlight of the luncheon, honoring those who worked 10,000 – 40,000 manhours incident-free. Seven employees were honored with these awards. Recipients were: Carlos Alvarez Conrado, Jose Espinosa, Mark Ferreira, Miguel Poblano, Armando De Anda, Enrique Segoviano and Luis Jimenez. DPR also tipped its hardhat to retiring DPR employees: Jim Webb, Gonzalo Guzman, Duane Jones and Fred Cuen.

The season was not forgotten; employees also brought toys for the St. Francis Center Holiday Toy Drive. The luncheon drew more than 700 of DPR’s hardworking crafts persons. Most employees agree it’s one of the best events of the year.

Photos courtesy of Everett Rosette

December 17, 2012

DPR Foundation Awards $845,000 to Youth Organizations

The DPR Foundation is proud to announce the expansion of its 2012-2013 grant awards program to 15 total organizations (with three new grantees joining the 12 returning). The Foundation distributed a total of $845,000 to support these organizations ($750,000 in grants with an additional $95,000 in discretionary funds that will be disbursed regionally for the coming year).

Established in 2008, the DPR Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged children reach their full potential through regional organization support. Over the past five years, the Foundation has awarded more than $2.4 million to 21 different organizations focused on providing community support to grade school and high school-aged children.

The new DPR Foundation grantees for 2012-2013 are:


The 12 returning grantees include:

Looking forward to a great, productive year!

December 16, 2012

“Building Great Things” Golf Tournament Raises $30,000 for McLane Children’s Hospital

Representatives from DPR’s Building Great Things golf tournament presented a check for $30,000 to McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple, TX on Dec. 14. The tournament was co-sponsored by Walker Engineering, Dynamic Systems, Prism Electric and Schmidt Electric. The tournament, which sells out quickly every year, is hosted by DPR’s Austin, TX office. In the past 12 years, the tournament has raised more than $250,000 for Central Texas organizations that support underserved youth.


DPR's Mike Martin and Chase Navarro presented the check. McLane Children’s Dr. John Boyd, CEO and CMO, and Ellen Hansen, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, were on hand to accept the check.