Fortune 500 Financial Services Firm - Westlake Campus
Fortune 500 Financial Services Firm - Westlake Campus | Westlake, Texas
A new multi-building corporate campus project under construction by DPR in the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) suburb of Westlake will have the capacity to house over 6,000 workers when it is completed in summer 2021, allowing a major U.S. employer to deepen its roots and expand its impact in the region.
Set on a nearly 70-acre site just minutes from the DFW airport, the campus includes a total of four office buildings connected by underground utility tunnels for maintenance and back-of house operations. There is also an amenity building with café, meeting space and training center and two largescale parking garages.
Constructing 1,000 feet of underground tunnels to connect the office buildings brought some unique challenges during phase 1 construction. The size and timing of the excavation work as well as extremely wet conditions added to the complexity of the tunneling process, requiring various mitigation measures.
To manage the underground tunneling challenge, DPR switched the backfill to gravel. This allowed the team to fill the tunnels quicker, get back up to grade and start the concrete deck work as planned.
DPR self-perform scopes helped drive the schedule and offered quality and safety advantages on this project. In addition, the collaborative approach embraced by the entire design, construction and owner team also contributed to the project’s success. DPR and the architect and engineer all co-located in an onsite big room to enhance the level of cooperation among team members.
The successful outcome of phase 1 of the Westlake Campus project led DPR to win additional work from the owner and helped create a highly satisfied customer. Not only was DPR awarded Phase 2 of the project but they were also awarded a nearby data center project from the same confidential client. Currently, phase 2 of the Westlake Campus project is proceeding smoothly and trending ahead of schedule as of the summer of 2020, with completion on track for December 2020.