We believe in continual self-initiated change, improvement, learning and the advancement of standards for their own sake. In that vein, DPR employees are constantly sharing our knowledge base and lessons learned. Part of being ever forward is opening a dialog in the industry as a whole and DPR employees have written and contributed to the following technical papers.

RX for a Successful Healthcare Project, Part 2 October 23, 2020


Healthcare construction teams pivoted in light of COVID-19, adapting to new project protocols ranging from physical distancing, emergency measures, collaboration technologies and video conferencing practices. The core behaviors behind a successful team, however, have not changed and understanding what factors influence a project’s success has only become more important.

“We won’t get new behaviors if we don’t do something different,” said Hamilton Espinosa, one of DPR Construction’s healthcare core market leaders. “Taking a look at project delivery and the roles every project partner has played on successful projects provides a roadmap to the results every stakeholder envisions when conceiving a project.”

In 2018, DPR embarked on a journey to understand the key indicators that will lead to successful healthcare projects by studying seven projects in California. The results from the 2018 study indicated identifiable patterns for success and pinpointed 9 Key Indicators for Project Success, an “Rx for Success.”

“True to our Ever Forward value and in a spirit of continual improvement, we dove further into these leading success indicators for projects and studied an additional nine significant healthcare projects across the Unites States,” said Sean Ashcroft, another DPR healthcare core market leader. “The results of this study supported and refined the 9 Key Indicators for Project Success and provide our partners with a valuable roadmap as they consider what’s next for their communities and the care facilities that support them.”

All projects included in Part 2 of the Rx for a Successful Healthcare Project study were completed prior to the COVID-19 global pandemic which has caused many project teams to modify how they collaborate. As DPR’s research continues, the aim is to better understand how using the best practices and behaviors that underlie these 9 Key Indicators can enable project success for future healthcare construction (and any environment.)

Download the new report at the link below.

Market Conditions Report Q3 2020 August 19, 2020


This year has challenged the world and forced us all to look for unique answers to difficult issues. A pandemic, racial tensions, political and social unrest, and the United States elections all pose different challenges and have companies around the world asking,”How do we protect our people and our business?”

Assessing the damage in real time is a challenge, but we’ve seen an amazing community of builders come together, sharing experiences and mapping out solutions to difficulties that we are all facing. The more we share, the more we learn. The more conversations we have, the clearer the picture gets at a project level.

We have assembled this Market Conditions report, containing insights and referenced articles from trusted resources and publications from across the industry, to help facilitate these conversations.

Leaning toward IPD for your next project? Read this first. January 11, 2019

DPR Construction’s Joel Darrington knows construction contracts inside and out. His knowledge of Integrated Project Delivery and how to structure a construction contract for IPD success is highlighted in a chapter in 2018’s German language Lean Construction – Das Managementhandbuch. His analysis and recommendations–in English–are available in a new DPR case study.

IPD Whitepaper 2018

While contractual details may sound like something best left to the lawyers, Darrington recently explained why everyone associated with a construction project should be familiar with IPD contracts:

Q: What’s a good analogy for why customers shouldn’t just take a shot at IPD without thinking about contract structure?

Darrington: Let’s compare building a successful construction project to developing a successful basketball team. Successful construction projects and basketball teams need talented, hardworking people who will perform their assigned roles well. But, imagine if you took the Golden State Warriors and required them to play with rain boots and overcoats. The clothes would get in the way, diminishing their performance and, potentially, causing them to lose more games. In construction, the right kind of contract is like having the right outfit for basketball. Project team members may be talented, hardworking, and know what to do, but find that the wrong kind of contract gets in the way of achieving success on the project.

Many project teams are trying to improve outcomes by being more collaborative and deploying Lean principles and techniques. We find, however, that traditional construction contracts are frequently getting in the way of integration and Lean behavior. IPD contracts were specifically developed to remove a traditional contract’s impediments to integrated, Lean performance and build in provisions that support those aims.

Q: What do you hope people will take away from this information?

Darrington: That when it comes to the risks that are most likely on a project (overbudget, behind schedule, quality problems), implementing IPD with a supportive contract is less risky than using more traditional contracting approaches, provided that you have the right team members involved with the right level of commitment and mindset. By structuring a project’s contract, operations, and team leadership in a more integrated, Lean way, projects are more reliably able to achieve success for all involved. That’s why every stakeholder should take a keen interest in the contract itself.

Q: How do you feel IPD will move construction forward for all stakeholders?

Darrington: As word gets around about projects that experienced the benefits of Lean Construction, more projects will start exploring Lean principles and methods. More and more evidence is showing that Lean project delivery is best implemented in an IPD environment, so IPD will also grow as a project delivery model. We’re already seeing that IPD can influence project delivery even when projects do not adopt an IPD agreement, advancing Lean Construction principles and methods. This increase will eventually reach a critical mass and result in improvements in industry metrics around labor productivity, schedule performance, quality, budget performance and even safety. When that happens, owners successfully implementing IPD will be able to do more with their capital budgets or be able to re-deploy capital to other enterprise needs, driving more economic growth. At the same time, contractors and designers adept at implementing IPD will enjoy competitive advantages, have more reliability in achieving profit goals, and have less fee erosion due to performance issues and project disputes. It’s a win all around.

Rx for a Successful Healthcare Project November 13, 2018

What makes a healthcare project a success? DPR Construction compared seven highly technical, complex hospital projects completed in California revealing nine key indicators for successful healthcare construction. Check out the traits of highly successful projects and what lessons can be learned from challenging or stressed projects in the study.


How DPR's Washington, D.C. Office Achieved Both WELL Gold and LEED Platinum August 7, 2018

DPR channeled the power of 'and' when building its new Washington, D.C. regional office to be a high-performance building—maximizing sustainability, employee well-being, AND creating a workplace for the 21st century.

DPR Reston conference rooms

Learn about the sustainable building strategies and office features that helped DPR achieve both WELL Gold and LEED Platinum in the case study.

Market Conditions Report - Q1/Q2 2017 April 17, 2017

DPR's Market Conditions Report summarizes current cost trends in nine key areas to consider when developing your next construction project. The cost elements presented will either directly or indirectly affect the overall cost of construction. Other factors will directly affect the cost of your facility operations.


This report is published by DPR's Mission Critical Leadership Team on a bi-annual basis. The next issue is scheduled to be published in August 2017.

Infomart Data Center Fit-out and Expansion October 16, 2016

Nestled amid the green hills and tall firs of Hillsboro, Oregon, are the Infomart Data Centers, a DPR design-build project that has quietly captured the attention of the industry.

What makes this project so unique is its unusually high quantity of Motivair active rear doors (ARD), hinged doors that replace the rear door of any standard or Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) server rack. Not only is this project the single largest deployment of ARDs to date in North America, it also represents a uniquely innovative approach to ARD design at DPR’s second major deployment of chilled doors in North America. Many other projects use ARDs for supplemental cooling, but at Infomart, they are the primary source of cooling for the entire space, enabling the customer to move into a hyperscale data center deployment.

Active Rear Doors

While other DPR data center projects have used about 70-75 ARDs for supplemental cooling, once the Infomart project is complete, the Hillsboro site will have an unprecedented 556 ARDs between two data halls to accommodate the rapid growth and the fluctuating needs of Infomart’s tenant.

Market Conditions Report - Q3/Q4 2016 August 8, 2016

Looking for low-cost power? Want to better understand the ups and downs of copper pricing? This issue of DPR Construction's Market Conditions Report summarizes current cost trends in nine key areas to consider when thinking about your next project:

  1. Regional Cost of Power
  2. Regional Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Labor Rates
  3. Nonresidential Construction Spending
  4. Domestics Construction Spending
  5. Copper Pricing
  6. Aluminum Pricing
  7. Steel Pricing
  8. Concrete Pricing
  9. Oil Pricing

This report is published by DPR's Mission Critical Leadership Team on a bi-annual basis. The next issue is scheduled to be published in February 2017.

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay December 2, 2015

Today’s fast-paced, highly competitive marketplace requires both the flexibility and the ability to incorporate and adapt to change quickly for success.
That was abundantly clear with the $1.5 billion UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay in San Francisco, an 878,000-sq.-ft. facility comprised of three hospitals:

  • Benioff Children’s Hospital,
  • Bakar Cancer Hospital and
  • Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital.

The planning, design and construction of a large, complex healthcare facility from the ground up may easily span a decade, especially in California that has a state agency responsible for reviewing and inspecting the construction and renovation of hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. 

IGLC 2015 White Papers August 18, 2015

DPR contributors focused on lean, integrated project delivery (IPD) and contributing to the industry knowledge base in a series of white papers published for the International Group for Lean Construction’s (IGLC) 2015 conference. The IGLC is a network of professionals and researchers in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), who embrace the concept that the practice, education and research of AEC must be radically renewed in order to respond to the challenges ahead.

The various white paper studies and analyses shared an overarching goal: enhancing the industry knowledge base, while continuously working to find ways to improve value to owners and increase their return on their investment.

DPR participated in a total of five white papers for IGLC’s annual conference, the most white paper submissions published of any private company at this year’s conference. Following are links to the various white papers submitted for this conference:

North Austin Medical Center Expansion June 30, 2015

The St. David’s North Austin Medical Center expansion was one of the most complex and high-stakes healthcare projects that many on the DPR project team had ever encountered. 

Delivered in four concurrent phases, within some of the most critical patient areas in a fully operational hospital, the $34 million project included 95,000 sq. ft. of vertical expansion, new construction and interior renovation work on the campus. 

Getting the Most Out of BIM: The Secret Guide to VDC Apps August 6, 2014

With a seemingly endless array of building information modeling (BIM) software applications available, simply understanding what each actually does can be a daunting task. DPR’s Andrew Fisher explains most BIM apps fall into six basic categories: authoring, coordination, visualization, analysis and measurement, sequencing, and estimating. In this paper, Fisher  describes in layman’s terms what each of these activities is and which applications DPR teams have found to be most successful.

First-of-its-Kind Data Center Showcases eBay Inc.’s Commitment to Cleaner and Greener Commerce August 4, 2014

eBay Inc. team challenged Utah state law with the passage of Senate Bill 12; Introduced Bloom Energy fuel cells and reduced its carbon footprint

UAMC Hybrid OR Project, Tucson, Arizona December 19, 2013

Delivering predictable, quality results in highly challenging healthcare environment

Cosumnes River College’s Winn Center for Construction and Architecture December 19, 2013

Pushing the Limits of Productivity on New UHS Temecula Hospital Project December 16, 2013

Completed early within one of the most aggressive budgets ever set for a hospital in the region and at 40 percent lower per bed than average, the project is a study in value

DPR Drywall Modeling: Ever Forward September 2, 2010

As building information modeling (BIM) becomes the go-to tool for delivering complex projects faster and more accurately, teams are discovering the benefits of applying virtual design and construction techniques to aspects of projects not typically modeled. Working at the forefront of these advancements are DPR BIM engineers, such as Dan Casale, who has taken his experiences from the field and translated them into a technical overview of the gains made when BIM is used to model metal-stud framing, as DPR is doing on more than 2.6 million sq. ft. of healthcare construction in California and Texas.

An Integrated, Virtual Design and Construction and Lean (IVL) Method for Coordination of MEP February 2, 2010

In his doctoral thesis for Stanford University’s department of civil and environmental engineering, DPR’s Atul Khanzode, PhD, lays out a method for using integrated virtual design and construction (VDC) tools to coordinate MEP systems.

Harvard Business School Symposium – Integrated Project Delivery October 23, 2009

A Presentation by Eric Lamb

BIM-Enabled Real-Time Supply Chain Management October 2, 2009

A Case Study by DPR Construction with Tekla Structures and Vela Systems

Research by DPR and CIFE at Stanford University shows integrated system accelerates schedule 20%, eliminates unnecessary reorders, improves coordination and crew allocation.