DPR Construction Project Experience & Team Excellence

  1. The state-of-the-art education and research facilities consisting of the UCSD Medical Center’s cardiovascular ambulatory, clinical and inpatient care are the first of its kind in San Diego, given that they will all be housed under one roof.

    The finished center features: 28 intensive care and intermediate care rooms, 22 daybed rooms, 18 emergency department exam rooms, 21 clinic exams rooms, 7 echo-cardiogram rooms, 4 cardiac-catheterization labs, 4 cardiac-sized operating rooms and Imaging labs and research facilities.

    The team, including UCSD, DPR, RTKL, and the engineering and subcontracting firms embraced a collaborative, high-performance team approach. “At the onset of the project, we determined that the only way to succeed was to do this as a team,” according to Randy Leopold, the University’s Principal Architect for the project.

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  3. Using its own offices as high-performing living labs, DPR is surpassing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards with its own regenerative or net-zero energy buildings, which produce as much or more energy as they consume.

    Located in the University City community of San Diego, the 33,600-sq.-ft. building is the city’s first and only net-zero energy commercial office greater than 20,000 sq. ft. To achieve net-zero energy, the building had to generate at least as much energy onsite as it consumes from the utility grid within one year.

    According to DPR’s Whitney Dorn, a champion of sustainability throughout Southern California, the initial cost outlay for the San Diego office’s renewable energy systems, which include a 64 kW photovoltaic system and a 100-gallon solar thermal water heating system, was $435,000, or $12.90 per sq. ft. Over the last year, the office generated nearly 12,000 kWh more than it consumed, and utility bills dropped from $1.60 per sq. ft. annually from the previous office space to only twenty cents per sq. ft. annually.

    “That’s an approximate energy savings of $33,000 a year and a conservative estimate of $1.1 million in energy savings over the next 20 years,” added Dorn. “Plus, DPR receives and will continue to receive rebates averaging over $1,200 per month for the next three years from the California Solar Initiative.”

    To reduce consumption, DPR’s San Diego office utilized strategic building improvements, such as roof monitors, auto-operated windows, and Solatubes to naturally light and ventilate the space. The Tridium building management system and Lucid Building Dashboard connect the passive and active systems together.

    “We wanted to set an example in our industry by changing the way commercial office buildings are designed and built with the goal of improving the world we live in,” said Jay Leopold, regional manager of DPR’s San Diego office.

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DPR Construction Project Experience & Team Excellence

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DPR Construction is a unique technical builder with a passion for results. Ranked in the top 50 general contractors in the country over the last 10 years, we are a national commercial general contractor and construction manager that has grown with our…


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DPR Construction is a unique technical builder with a passion for results. Ranked in the top 50 general contractors in the country over the last 10 years, we are a national commercial general contractor and construction manager that has grown with our customers by delivering measurably more value. With the purpose of building great things—great teams, great buildings, great relationships—DPR is a truly great company. Our relentless accountability, proven technical expertise, and collaborative approach allow us to provide a higher level of quality service on projects of all sizes and complexities, whether it's a multi-million-dollar technical facility or the renovation of a single office.

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