Having access to only one elevator, particularly with a condensed schedule, posed a major productivity challenge. DPR's team quickly resolved the issue by cutting the slab for the communication stairway between the floors early and erecting a temporary set of stairs for use until the permanent stair was built. DPR worked closely with the architect to identify potential constructability issues with the design of the stairway itself. Knowing the architect had a short window to produce construction drawings, DPR proactively submitted a few sketches to help find a workable stairway solution and keep the schedule on track.
To solve the long lead times on the lighting package, the team collaborated on the proposed lighting package to shorten the standard submittal process, resulting in approval to release numerous fixtures early.
As with any project, minimizing disruptions caused by construction was a top priority. At Embarcadero Center, noise abatement efforts go into effect at 8 a.m., requiring contractors to perform the bulk of their work during off-hours. However, an added element was upstairs neighbors—one of the nation's largest full-service securities firms, with business starting as early as 4 a.m. DPR took an extra step to minimize construction noise even during the early morning hours, sending a team member upstairs to monitor noise levels and act as an immediate conduit to the construction team if it got too loud.