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DPR’s Sustainable Building Experts Break Ground on Green Project on Stanford University Campus

DPR Construction, Inc., a forward-thinking national commercial general contractor and construction manager, announces that construction is currently underway on its latest environmentally sustainable project for the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The $4.5 million Global Ecology Center, the new home for the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology on the Stanford University campus, includes an 11,000-sq.-ft. research building and 3,500-sq.-ft. warehouse. In keeping with the purpose of the new facility "to provide a new standard for combining science and sustainability," the new resource center will be built to minimize environmental impacts, maximize energy efficiency and incorporate sustainable materials.

A Leader in Sustainable Construction

A leader in the green building movement and member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 1999, DPR is serving as the general contractor and working closely with the entire team, including architect Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis, to ensure that the sustainable objectives of the project are met. Drawing upon its extensive green building and technical construction expertise, DPR will be incorporating a number of environmentally friendly elements into the project, including a "Night Sky" spray radiant cooling system with thermal storage, sunshades, high-performance glazing, operable windows, efficient ventilation with heat recovery, radiant slab heating and cooling, light shelves and a fully day-lit interior with lighting controls.

"Our years of technical construction experiencebuilding biotech cleanrooms and large-scale semiconductor manufacturing facilitiesmake us ideally suited for sustainable, high-performance green projects that often require alternative materials and a collaborative approach to ensure successful delivery," said DPR Project Manager Greg Johnson. "We've also created a preconstruction management tool that allows us to compare first cost impacts and life cycle savings so customers can make informed decisions when it comes to sustainable design and construction."

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

About DPR Construction, Inc.

A forward-thinking national commercial general contactor and construction manager, DPR Construction, Inc., has been "building great things," since it was founded in 1990 by Doug Woods, Peter Nosler and Ron Davidowski (a.k.a. the initials or D, P and R), including:

Great project teams in offices across the nation, including Northern California offices in Pleasanton, Redwood City, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose.

Great sustainable construction projects in Northern California, including its own Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED") registered green office building in Sacramento (targeting a Silver LEED" Certification).

Great relationships with customers, such as Apple Computer, Alza, Bayer, Catholic Healthcare West, Kaiser Permanente, Nortel Networks, Oracle, Pixar Animation Studios, Sun Microsystems and University of Pacific.

Great results in 2002 with recognition for its collaborative approach, safety program, use of technology and green building practices.

Specializing in technically demanding and sustainable projects, DPR serves the biotech/pharmaceutical, broadcast, corporate, education, entertainment, healthcare, mission critical (data/telecom), semiconductor, and warehouse and distribution industries. The privately held, employee-owned company employs more than 2,000 professional staff and union crafts persons. For more information, please visit DPR's Website at