When DPR was awarded the project as a design-assist contractor, the site had not been nailed down and the design was still conceptual, but Ionis and BioMed Realty needed a contractor that could move forward quickly. The project began with a highly accelerated preconstruction period that included selection of a 12-acre greenfield site. The team held three days of design charrettes that brought together all the key decision makers to hammer out a plan for the design and move forward with construction. With a schedule of just 13 months, not accounting for one of the stormiest winters to hit San Diego, each team member brought a “can-do” attitude and determination to achieve the project goals, whatever it took. The project was still completed on the original date established prior to breaking ground.