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.

October 26, 2011

New Project: Facebook Sweden

There's a lot to "like" at DPR right now!

DPR is honored to be selected to construct Facebook's new data center in Lulea, Sweden. The 300,000-sq.-ft. data center will be constructed though a a joint venture between NCC Construction Sweden and Fortis Construction in Portland, Oregon. Aiming for LEED Gold and planned for completion in December 2012, this is the first of three data centers planned for the area.

Read more here.

October 18, 2011

Topping Out at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

The UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay project reached an important milestone. Abuzz with excitement, DPR celebrated the topping out of the $1.5 billion, 289-bed campus. This signifies the completion of structural steel erection. On track to open in 2015, the 878,000-sq.-ft. medical facility is aiming for LEED Gold and consists of 3 hospitals. Congrats to the team, keep up the great work!

To see what Medical Construction & Design magazine wrote about this achievement, click here

October 16, 2011

DPR Celebrates Topping Out of UCSF Medical Center

Nearly one year after breaking ground on the $1.5 billion, 878,000-gross-sq.-ft. project, the team will celebrate with a traditional topping out ceremony, where a beam signifying the end of the structural steel erection will be put in place.

Be a part of the milestone topping out celebration of the future UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay without leaving your computer screen. You can join the topping out celebration live via the web on Monday, October 17th at 11:30 A.M. (PDT) at www.missionbayhospitals.ucsf.edu

Read more about the project and the topping out in the press release:
http://www.dpr.com/media/press-releases/dpr-construction-tops-out-ucsf-medical-center-at-mission-bay/

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.