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Scott Barron, SPW Drywall Estimator for DPR San Diego and Southern California. Photo courtesy of Matt Pranzo

People have been known to ask Scott Barron where he keeps his crystal ball—he seems to have a knack for predicting the future. Scott laughs and says it’s a part of his job as a drywall estimator in DPR’s San Diego office, nestled in the southern reaches of California’s Pacific Coast.

“We’re looking at the job holistically; we’re trying to look forward. [The project] may cost you more later if you don’t anticipate things now,” says Barron. Drywall teams are a critical segment of DPR’s SPW workforce, and not only for the reasons that typically spring to mind. Sure, they hang the walls in buildings, but they also function as a communications bridge, often identifying potential design gaps and making recommendations for alterations before a shovel even hits the ground. This proactive, upfront communication can translate into significant cost savings for the customer.

Q: What is your role at DPR and can you describe the path you took to get there?

Barron: I have a drywall background and I’ve been at DPR for 20 years now. I was a foreman, a field superintendent for drywall, and then there was a need for another drywall estimator, so I gave it a shot and liked it a lot. Before I started estimating, some people wondered if I would like being inside [the office] after being out in the field for so long. But I was always good at math, so putting numbers with the trade that I’ve done for years is great.

Scott Barron has been with DPR for over 20 years, moving from foreman to estimator. Photo courtesy of Matt Pranzo

Q: How do you think SPW Drywall contributes to the work we’re doing overall at DPR?

Barron: We help control the schedule; that’s the main reason. Drywall is a big player on a project. We’re a coordinator between all trades. When we start framing a project, we have to know where the penetrations are for the other trades that are involved. We make sure everything needed is there so the job can keep moving forward, and we’re a huge conduit for information—we get it firsthand. Since we hear about it right away, we can tell the other trades what to be prepared for. We’re able to help expedite things when necessary.

Q: What project are you most proud of?

Barron: The Palomar Medical Center project in Escondido. The drywall portion was an 11-story, $45 million project. I was the general foreman for drywall, with 240 guys under me. When we first got up there, the drywall team was kind of nervous because of the size, but I was standing out in front of the building, and it hit me. I looked at the boss and said, “You know, this is just 11 different jobs in one building.” He paused and then said, “You know, you’re right.” So we treated it that way. The three main floors were the bulk of the work, and from the fourth floor up it was repetitive work. We spread out the foremen to work their way up the tower. I do the same thing at night when I walk my dog, Piper. You set a goal, work toward it, then set the next goal after that.

DPR’s SPW drywall teams function as a communications bridge, often making recommendations for alterations before work begins. Photo courtesy of Matt Pranzo

Q: What do you love about construction/your job?

Barron: In general, I like the challenge of figuring things out before we build—to take a 2D drawing and build it out to 3D or 4D in my head so I can visualize what’s missing before we start. That way there are fewer RFIs to write and we can keep the job running smoothly. People ask me a lot how my crystal ball works. I think because of my years in the field, I can foresee things happening.

Barron likes the challenge of figuring things out before building begins. Photo courtesy of Matt Pranzo

Q: To be successful in your role, what skills does a person need?

Barron: A knowledge of building helps you progress quickly. Coming to this job after working in the field, you’ve been exposed to things. You know what is what when you’re doing a takeoff or a job. You know what details to look for.

Q: What’s your advice for the next generation of builders entering this field

Barron: Spend some time in the field so you get a good background of what you’re going to be estimating. When field guys call and talk to you, you can relate to them and understand what they’re saying because you’ve done it yourself.

Barron chalks up his success to open and frequent communication. Photo courtesy of Matt Pranzo

While Scott might have a reputation as a clairvoyant, his real power comes down to expertise at his craft, setting and achieving goals, and being empowered to be a contributor. His method of communicating early to help create cost efficiencies for projects is very real and is an important way DPR forges lasting partnerships with its customers that are built on trust.

Being integral and indispensable to our communities has been part of DPR’s vision since its founding. One aspect of achieving this goal includes having offices that are representative of the communities where we work—offices where everyone feels included and diversity fuels creativity.

We asked employees, “what does diversity and inclusion mean to you?” and “how do you feel that your unique attributes, traits, characteristics, skills, experience and background are celebrated or valued at DPR?” We received answers from all genders, positions, and regions of the company; all were insightful and painted a promising picture of how a more diverse and inclusive world can flourish.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we wanted to share a few of the responses—we hope they inspire you as much as they have inspired us.

Empowering women has been part of DPR Construction’s entrepreneurial spirit since the beginning. When the company developed its first mission in 1992, “to be a truly great construction company by the year 2000,” it cited a tangible image to have minorities and women in senior level estimator and project manager positions.

“We’ve always aspired to be a diverse and inclusive company,” said Jody Quinton, who serves on DPR’s Management Team. “It’s inspiring to see the progress that has been made, especially over the last few years as more and more companies focus on raising awareness, providing training and driving change.”

In a traditionally male-dominated industry, construction companies, like DPR, have an opportunity to set an example and help nudge the industry forward with increased unconscious bias training and dialogue around what diversity and inclusion looks like for the leading technical builder as it expands its operations internationally.

In that vein, the Women Who Build of DPR met in Amsterdam at the Women in Construction Europe conference late last year. The DPR team, consisting of members from DPR’s U.S. and Amsterdam offices, met over the course of two days to not only discuss the progress that women have made, but also the tangible steps can be taken to make the industry even more equitable.

The DPR team, consisting of members from DPR’s U.S. and Amsterdam offices, met at the Women in Construction Europe conference to not only discuss the progress that women have made, but also the tangible steps can be taken to make the industry even more equitable.

“It helped spur conversations that I wouldn’t have participated in otherwise, and it helped me think about how I can be more proactive in my day-to-day work,” said Shelby Riddell, who currently works as the Southwest marketing lead but is transitioning into a new marketing leadership role for DPR’s Europe and Asia-Pacific operations.

Riddell found DPR when interviewing a woman for a class project who happened to be recruiting for the company. Upon learning more, she knew that DPR was a place where she could explore different roles.

“Having such diverse interests and limitless curiosity, this was hugely important to me,” Riddell said.

Mary Romeo happened upon construction in an introductory class in college and was drawn to DPR because of its reputation for operating differently and for pushing innovative efforts in construction. After volunteering with AmeriCorps after graduation, she knew DPR was the only company she wanted to work for and now serves as a preconstruction manager on a Data Center campus project near Amsterdam.

As DPR continues to establish a presence overseas, it continues its journey to actively support and promote women. Its operations in Europe reflect those values—within a year of operating from its base in Amsterdam, more than a third of its leadership positions are held by women.

Many of the women who build at DPR stumbled upon it serendipitously and come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, but all found themselves drawn to the spirit and strong values that DPR upholds. Rachael Broad, who initially wanted to be an architect before pursuing engineering, works as a project engineer in the Amsterdam office. According to her, DPR gave her more purpose and meaning than where she had previously worked.

“I felt that I had found something I didn’t even know existed and aligned with many of my closely-held values,” Broad said.

As a sponsor of the Women in Construction Europe conference, DPR led a panel discussion about unconscious bias and gave a skills-based training presentation on negotiation. The panel discussion was especially powerful as it gave attendees the opportunity to speak frankly about the challenges they face as women in a still heavily male-dominated industry, such as a lack of female mentors and prevailing stereotypes.

Attendees of the Women in Construction Europe conference said it helped spur conversations that they wouldn’t have participated in otherwise.

“My drive and natural leadership have been misunderstood as ‘intense’ or ‘bitchy’,” Riddell said.

Lael Blum echoed a similar frustration, saying she often has a difficult time being heard.

“It’s a fine line to tread between being confident and driven, and being perceived as tough and bullish. This is not something men have to compete with in the same way,” she said.

Romeo added that she wishes there was a greater spirit of women helping other women.

“I think women work so hard to get where they are that sometimes they forget to look back and help other women in the industry,” Romeo said.

As DPR continues to establish a presence overseas, it continues its journey to actively support and promote women. Its operations in Europe reflect those values—within a year of operating from its base in Amsterdam, more than a third of its leadership positions are held by women.

It is a business imperative to advance women both internally and externally, and DPR hopes that by providing more training, celebrating women who build, and participating in the conferences to create more open and honest dialogue, it will continue to help shape an industry where women are able to succeed no matter their position or employer.

Blum worked for a DPR competitor in the Bay Area before moving to Amsterdam with her family but found that she missed the construction career she had built.

“When I got a call that DPR was opening an office in Amsterdam I was absolutely thrilled to join a company I had long admired and get to continue in an industry and career I love while living in Amsterdam,” Blum said. She now serves as a project manager.

By DPR continuing to prioritize the advancement of women, it continues to lead and help change the field for the better. It is a business imperative to advance women both internally and externally, and DPR hopes that by providing more training, celebrating women who build, and participating in the conferences to create more open and honest dialogue, it will continue to help shape an industry where women are able to succeed no matter their position or employer.

“Working at DPR means you were part of an incredible team to make it happen. Construction doesn’t happen because of only one person, we’re only able to accomplish what we do because we work together so well,” Romeo said.

In Gloucester, Virginia, situated on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital (RWRH) celebrated the completed phases of its $55 million renovation and expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony in January. Nearly 150 dignitaries, local officials and Riverside team members were in attendance to view the hospital’s new Surgical and Inpatient Services Building, which aims to better serve its patients and their loved ones.

Nearly 150 dignitaries, local officials and Riverside team members were in attendance to view the hospital’s new Surgical and Inpatient Services Building, which aims to better serve its patients and their loved ones. Photo courtesy of Sara Nicholas

The hospital’s Renovation and Expansion is the result of years of planning and is the most significant construction project in its more than 40-year history. It delivers a new two-story, 54,000-sq.-ft. surgical center with three new operating rooms, a more centrally located pharmacy, pre- and post-operative care, 36 new private patient rooms, and a new hospital entrance and lobby. The new emergency department will more than triple in size, expanding from 6,000 to 16,000 sq. ft. This creates room for seven more beds, three major treatment rooms, a trauma room, dedicated Family Care Room and a new waiting/lobby area to better service the more than 22,000 patients it sees each year.

The new Surgical Services Suite includes features such as camera-equipped, advanced LED lighting for surgical video integration. Photo courtesy of Sara Nicholas

The new Surgical Services Suite boasts features such as camera-equipped, advanced LED lighting for surgical video integration, as well as the ability to use any operating room for any surgical case, translating into greater scheduling flexibility. Each new pre-op room is fully private and is equipped with available music therapy. Thirteen post-surgery patient bays/rooms allow for increased patient privacy while supporting state-of-the-art infection prevention and monitoring. The new inpatient unit includes 36 next-generation, private inpatient rooms equipped with computer systems that can be monitored by nearby staff 24/7. With convertible sleeper sofas and additional seating for visitors and families, the renovation aims to improve the overall experience not only for patients, but for their loved ones as well.

The hospital’s Renovation and Expansion is the result of years of planning and the most significant construction project in its more than 40-year history. Photo courtesy of Sara Nicholas

According to Riverside, its services on the Middle Peninsula reflect the organizational mission of “caring for others as we would care for those we love.” That is a mission echoed by DPR Construction, general contractor on the Riverside Walter Reed Hospital campus project, as well as on two other campuses in the area—Riverside Regional Medical Center and Riverside Doctor’s Hospital Williamsburg. “For us, it’s not just about the project, it’s about the community,” said Greg Haldeman, a member of DPR’s Management Committee. DPR operated with decisions centered around concern for patient safety and with the goal of doing everything “to make sure the construction of the expansion and renovation of this active campus creates the least amount of impact possible for the patients of RWRH.”

The renovation delivers a new surgical center with three new operating rooms, a more centrally located pharmacy, pre- and post-operative care, 36 new private patient rooms, and a new hospital entrance and lobby. Photo courtesy of Sara Nicholas

The expansion and renovation of this vital medical facility is not just about adding more rooms and updating technology; it is about better serving the community. Riverside President and CEO Bill Downey summed up his view of the project by saying, “This is a great community and a great group of people, and we look forward to the next 40 years, as we continue to expand and grow further.”

There are some technologies that are considered to be game changers. The computer, telecommunications, and the internet technology are certainly game changers as far as the last five to six decades are concerned. There are many who believe that blockchain technology could be another game-changing technology as far as the 21st century is concerned. It is indeed a path-breaking but controversial technology. It has the potential to change the traditional methods of receipts and payments. Additionally, it also has the potential to replace the normal methods of financial activities. This is perhaps the precursor to token payment systems. Tokenization is a new concept and therefore it is worth having a closer look as to what exactly it offers.

What Does It Offer?

When a digital payment is made physically money does not move between the buyer and the seller. Instead, a digital authorization to debit the bank account or credit card account is what moves from the buyer to the seller. Today it happens by the buyer entering credit or debit card PANs or Primary Account Numbers. This is followed by the expiry date of the credit or debit card and finally, the secret number on the reverse of the card has to be entered. Of course, the amount of the transaction has to be also mentioned. The above information moves from the buyer to the seller. The secret code and a major portion of the PAN number are hidden from public view and it is not even visible to the seller. However, there have been instances where cybercriminals and hackers have been able to successfully decipher the PAN numbers and secret code and then use the same to withdraw money from the debit and credit cards of the customers.

How Could Tokenization Help

It is here that the role of tokenization could come in handy. This is a technology by which it is possible to send critical and vital information such as PAN, validity date and the secret code in the form of encrypted token. The token moves from the buyer to seller in the form of numbers and symbols which does not make any sense to those who view when it travels from the buyer to the seller. Hence, the security and safety features get enhanced significantly and the risk of phishing and hacking of your personal and financial details get reduced significantly.

How Does The Future Look?

These are still early days as far as tokenization is concerned. There is still a long way to go before it reaches the critical mass. There are issues pertaining to technology which need to be addressed especially when the volumes ramp up. Further, there have been a few instances where the cyber thieves have been able to even get into the encrypted payment methods and steal valuable data.

But the future does look quite bright given the fact that there are some undeniable advantages associated with tokenization. It goes a long way in making online transactions safe and secure. Further, it not only B2C requirements but could also make a big difference to B2B needs to. The day may not be far off when almost all the transactions online would be moving through tokenization.

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If you have decided to build that dream customized home of yours, you are certainly on the right track to living a quality life. However, the dream has to translate into action on the ground. As an aspiring customized building owner, you most certainly will not have the time, and expertise to build the home on your own. You could come across a few DIY home-building ideas and suggestions. When it comes to walking the talk, it is unlikely that these DIY ideas would come in handy beyond a point. Therefore you would do well to hire a Tulsa construction expert for getting the job done from start to end. The challenge lies in identifying the right professionals. With so many options out there, you must do your homework and then choose the right construction experts. We are sharing a few important points which we believe could help you in making the right choice.

Look For Experience And Expertise

The first and foremost task is to look for construction experts who have the mandatory qualification and other such credentials. They must hold the required degrees and certificates. Further, good construction experts must have put in at least 10 to 15 years of experience. They must be ready to showcase their achievements. Any good construction expert during this period must have handled at least a few dozen projects successfully and to the complete satisfaction of his clients. He must be ready to provide the right credentials and positive feedbacks from them.

Are They Certified And Licensed

Qualification is one thing and being licensed and certified is another thing. Before hiring them, you must be sure that the construction expert has the required license and certification to handle construction jobs. That should be too difficult a task. There are institutions to which these construction experts are affiliated. You have to check their status and today it is possible to do the same online within a few minutes. In fine, you must be sure that the certification and license are valid.

They Should Be Willing To Bring In Their Expertise

Though as a prospective customized home builder, you may have your own plans and thoughts, any experienced and professional construction expert would most certainly bring something on the table. This is because of their rich experience and expertise. They should be able to throw some light based on the basic blueprint that the homeowners might have in their mind. They also must be able to bring some fresh thoughts from their experience and expertise.

Have A Budget In Mind

You must approach and look for the services of a construction expert with a budget in mind. This will help the professionals to work out a suitable plan of action. Without a budget, both you and the construction experts would be moving around in circles. A slight slippage in budgets (to the extent of 5 to 7%) is excusable and perhaps even unavoidable. But moving forward without a budget is something that you must avoid at all points in time.

The Final Word

While the role of a good construction expert is important, you must spend time and effort in choosing the right one keeping in mind your specific requirements and needs.

 

 

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Marc Agulla on his Orlando, FL job site.
The work of DPR self-perform drywall crews caught Mark Agulla’s interest, and he created an opportunity for himself to join DPR as an apprentice, specifically learning about hanging and framing. Today, he has a goal of becoming a superintendent. Photo courtesy of Matt Pranzo

Marc Agulla first connected with DPR in 2015 working in the trades with a subcontractor at a Central Florida DPR project. The work of DPR self-perform drywall crews caught his interest and, through conversations with DPR staff, he created an opportunity for himself to join DPR as an apprentice, specifically learning about hanging and framing. Today, he’s not only leading drywall crews for a large portion of work on The KPMG Learning, Development and Innovation Center in Orlando, he’s set a longer-term goal of becoming a superintendent.

Agulla recently discussed his career path, how DPR recognizes hard work with opportunities and how the trades have helped him grow.

Q: What is your role at DPR? Describe the path you took to get there.

Agulla: Right now, I lead a drywall crew on the “hotel” portion of the KPMG project, the place where employees will stay during training. It’s pretty amazing how I got here. I was working on a DPR job in a different trade, but I always wanted to frame and hang. I got to know DPR’s team and, after quite a bit of insistence on my part, DPR gave me an opportunity to come in as an apprentice. At that point, the team grabbed a hold of me and took it upon themselves to mentor me. I was placed at a large job site and mentored by the superintendents and foremen there. They had a class where I learned to read drawings, to know the Underwriters Laboratories types, the codes and similar topics. The framing and hanging I learned hands on. So many people took me under their wings. Now, I’m in a bit of a leadership position where I can guide and instruct the craft and utilize all I’ve been taught from DPR.

DPR's Marc Agulla examines his work area.
DPR’s Marc Agulla committed himself to learning and has quickly risen through the ranks of DPR self-perform crews. Photo courtesy of Matt Pranzo

Q: What’s your favorite thing about construction work?

Agulla: I enjoy the end result more than anything else. I really like that when you first come in, there’s nothing, but you can picture the end product in your mind. You watch the process and then, to see it come to fruition, is gratifying.

Q: What’s the most technical thing you’ve worked on?

Agulla: The stage of the game we’re at on the KPMG project has prefab bathroom units. We’re getting ready to set the pods in place and all the trades have to work together because everything has to be perfect to be able to just put these in place. We all know how this will affect the customer and its end users.

DPR's Marc Agulla chats with his crew
DPR’s Marc Gulla says communication skills have been key to his success in the field. Photo courtesy of Matt Pranzo

Q: To be successful in your role, what skills does a person need?

Agulla: You need to be able to multitask. Also, communication skills are key, especially listening. Listening and being open to advice from everyone and anyone is something I’ve really learned at DPR. I didn’t always have a construction background. I’ve managed people before, but it’s a different kind of management in construction. We’re a team. My mentors are great, but the craft guys who are installing, the laborers… you can learn anything from anyone on the job site if you listen. I don’t pretend to know everything.

Q: What would your advice be for the next generation of builders entering this field?

Don’t sell yourself short. If you’re a laborer and you choose to apply yourself, DPR will give you these opportunities to go as far as you are willing to go. If you put the work in, DPR will help you get there. They want to help. It’s just a matter of applying yourself. Stay focused, study and work hard and you can have it all. Ultimately, my goal is foreman, then superintendent. That’s my hope and dream and, with time and hard work, I know those are realistic goals.

Q: How is working with DPR’s self perform workers different than other work you’ve done?

You know, I got married since I’ve been with the company. Today, we’re getting ready to have a baby and what’s different at DPR is that it’s like a family. Everyone is so loving and supportive, from the office to out here in the field. I’ve worked at other places and done other things and never had people that truly cared about your spouse or your child the way they do here. Stuff like that to me is important. DPR puts value on that. You see it in the way people genuinely care and in things like the lengths we go to for safety every day. I love that about DPR.

Marc Agulla in his job site trailer
DPR’s Marc Agulla loves his work, but also the culture DPR has throughout its company. Photo courtesy of Matt Pranzo

Roofs are actually the integral part of any structure since it protects us from sun, rain and other hazards. Over time, roof will lose out some shingles. That’s where you need to call or hire a muskogee roofing contractors service provider to fix your roof before it gets much worse.

But, choosing the perfect roofer for your home can be a confusing and daunting task. You need to be careful since it decides the future of your property. To make your task easier, here is the list of some factors to be considered at the time of hiring a Oklahoma City roof repair service provider.

Important Things to consider at the time of hiring your roofing services

Work experience of the service providers need to be ensured before hiring a roofing service. Also, it’s equally important to ensure whether the roofers are enough skilled to satisfy all your needs. Now, let’s have a look at other prominent factors to be considered.

Location

It’s better to hire a local roofing service provider since they know the geographical location clearly and will provide you with quality services at the time of installation. For avoiding leaking and other possible problems, it’s mandatory for the service provider to know about the weather conditions of the desired location. However, just ensure whether you are hiring a licensed and insured service provider.

Cost

Cheap things usually accompany with loads of hidden costs. Before hiring your contractor, just have a rough idea about your initial cost, roofing material quality and long term maintenance. For determining the value of the spending money with long lifetime, you can go for life cycle cost approach.

Inspection and Maintenance

It’s always wise to work with the contractor who updates you with periodic maintenance and inspection. Probably, this will improve the lifespan of your roof and reduce your cost of repair or replacement to a great extent.

Licensed Installers

Since roofing service providers have emerged because of improved commercial industries, there occurs an issue in the quality of the product. For overcoming the above issue, it’s desirable to hire a contractor with proper certification. By choosing licensed installers, you can easily end up with high quality service.

Supplier Relationship

Reviewing the supplier and manufacturer relationship will reveal the overall quality of the company. Before hiring, just investigate your contractor about their suppliers and the type of material they are using. Proceed only if you are satisfied and doing this will definitely help you in finding the efficient service provider.

Check Online Reviews and Ratings

For having deeper understanding, you can go through the online reviews and ratings of the roofer and definitely you will end up with worthy judgements. These reviews will introduce past complaints about the company and how the contractor resolved those issues.

Overall, for enjoying the good experience you need to hire a professional and good roofing service provider. Just spend your time in weighing your options since it will help you in taking successful decisions.  By analysing the above factors you can definitely end up with good and high-quality roofing service provider.

Two projects. Two category winners. One overall Facility of the Year (FOYA) Award.

Planning excellence! Using Monte Carlo-based modeling allowed the team to simulate thousands of possible outcomes of potential problems and predict the likelihood and severity of schedule and cost impacts, the project team then proactively developed mitigation plans that prevented the issues from ever happening.

Shire captured three awards from the 2018 Facility of the Year Awards: Los Angeles Building 8 for Overall Winner and category winner for Facility Integration, and Shire Los Angeles Quality Control Laboratory for Operational Excellence. Photo courtesy of Tom Bonner

This is one of many innovative examples and reasons Shire, a global biotechnology leader, captured three FOYA awards from the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) in early November for two projects located in Los Angeles:

The FOYA was developed by ISPE to recognize the best pharmaceutical science and manufacturing industry projects in the world. This program showcases accomplishments in facility design, construction, and operation, and shares both new technologies and advanced applications of existing technology. The committee of judges is made up of senior industry leaders with global experience across all sectors of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturing industry.

Los Angeles Building 8: 2018 FOYA Winner and Category Winner for Facility Integration

The FOYA program showcases accomplishments in facility design, construction, and operation, and shares both new technologies and advanced applications of existing technology. Photo courtesy of Tom Bonner

What started in 1986 with a small team of entrepreneurs seeking solutions to unmet medical needs has led to a global biotechnology leader in rare disease. With medicines available in more than 100 countries, Shire is helping patients and families around the world in several therapeutic areas, including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, and Hereditary Angioedema. Many of the Shire products developed to treat rare diseases are derived from human plasma, and as such, Shire operates one of the largest plasma fractionation sites in the world at their Los Angeles campus.

Building 8 purifies, processes, and supplies best-in-class commercial products to address these highly specialized conditions. This winning building project leveraged cutting-edge technology to diminish project challenges. Construction took place right in the center of a congested 11-acre campus, with the new 120,000-sq.-ft. purification facility replacing an aging 1930s-era building. The team converted challenges into opportunities for creativity and innovation via the use of Lean Construction concepts and technological advances. Building 8 became the first of its kind to be a virtually paperless project.

Construction took place right in the center of a congested 11-acre campus, with the new 120,000-sq.-ft. purification facility replacing an aging 1930s-era building. Photo courtesy of Tom Bonner

Building 8 has space constraints in every direction, with the new building being constructed within 6” of an existing structure. The project team used building information modeling (BIM) and resolved over 10,000 clashes per week during the design phase. Trimble Total Station was also used to save countless man hours and increase accuracy over traditional methods.

The quest for an uncompromising sustainable design resulted in the building also being awarded the LEED Silver Certification by the US Green Building Council. Water conserving sanitary fixtures and irrigation systems reduced water usage by 50%. Energy efficiency strategies were implemented resulting in a total reduction of 20% from baseline energy calculations. A construction waste management plan diverted 75% of the total construction waste from landfill disposal.

The project team used building information modeling (BIM) and resolved over 10,000 clashes per week during the design phase. Photo courtesy of Tom Bonner

Per the ISPE, the “application of excellent and innovative design practices as well as superior planning led to the successful integration of this new facility into an existing operational campus, and the reason Shire was selected as the 2018 Facility of the Year Awards Overall Winner.” Learn more here.

Shire Los Angeles Quality Control Laboratory: Category Winner for Operational Excellence

Internal quality control is key to achieving Shire’s mission. Enter the construction of a “next generation Quality Control Lab” to address the ever-increasing, global demand for their therapies and to meet the goal of better, faster, and more economical delivery to patients worldwide. This 16,000-sq.-ft. laboratory is the category winner for Operational Excellence.

The team used Kaizen as a guide and applied lean principles to the design to optimize the layout and operational aspects of the lab to reinforce teamwork, minimize expenditures, and allow for easy oversight. Photo courtesy of Tom Bonner

The new lab was chosen as the winning facility for a variety of reasons, including the thoughtful application of lean principles not only to deployment, but also to the design of actual daily operations of the lab. The judging committee particularly praised the application of organic Kaizen principles aimed at improving efficiency and decreasing waste. Using Kaizen as a guide and with the application of lean principles to every aspect of the facility design, the team was able to optimize the layout and operational aspects of the lab to reinforce teamwork, minimize expenditures, and allow for easy access to daily supervisory oversight—all key to decreasing latency times and modernizing quality control operations.

The redesign created an advanced facility that changed the lab’s culture for the better by trimming operational waste and increasing synergy and operational excellence. Photo courtesy of Tom Bonner

The new lab now supports multiple manufacturing operations at significantly reduced capital and operational costs, thereby improving value to Shire, its patients, and the industry as a whole. The goal of redesigning the lab while also delivering a space that allowed for the real-time sharing of ideas resulted in the creation of an advanced facility that also changed the lab’s culture for the better by trimming operational waste and increasing synergy and operational excellence. It is for these reasons that the judging committee selected the Shire Los Angeles Quality Control Laboratory as the category winner for Operational Excellence.

Did you know? In addition to the Shire projects, DPR Construction was also the builder for the Genentech CCP-2 Project, which won the 2016 FOYA in the Process Innovation category. DPR also built the Genentech Oceanside Production Operations facility, which won the ISPE’s 2007 FOYA in the Project Execution category and the overall 2007 Facility of the Year award.

With medicines available in more than 100 countries, Shire is helping patients and families around the world in several therapeutic areas, including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, and Hereditary Angioedema. Photo courtesy of Tom Bonner

Employees of Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center left their mark on a multi-year master expansion project currently underway at the Athens, Georgia healthcare facility earlier this month. Piedmont Athens Regional staff members signed two steel beams days before they were hoisted into place signifying the first phase of the expansion—a fourth-floor addition of the Prince Tower Two—one of several towers on Piedmont Athens Regional’s campus.

Piedmont Athens Regional staff members signed two steel beams days before they were hoisted into place.
Piedmont Athens Regional staff members signed two steel beams days before they were hoisted into place signifying the first phase of the expansion—a fourth-floor addition of the Prince Tower Two. Photo courtesy of Andi King Wieczynski

In 2016, Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare acquired the 359-bed acute care hospital and has announced a phased master plan to expand services and amenities for the growing local community and the 17-county regional area surrounding Athens. Piedmont Athens Regional is home of Piedmont Healthcare’s east hub of services, which includes three other hospitals. Scheduled for completion in 2022, the master plan project includes:

  • 230,000 sq. ft. of new construction and 150,000 sq. ft of renovated space
  • Demolition of a four-story tower and replacement with a six-story, 64-bed patient tower
  • Multiple interior renovations to accommodate current capacity for the Prince Tower One, which is set to be demolished
  • Addition of a fourth floor to the three-story Prince Tower Two

With a main objective of improving delivery of patient care and operational efficiency, the project will also improve both vehicular and pedestrian circulation around the campus and simplify patient arrival, wayfinding and access.

Piedmont Athens Rendering
Scheduled for completion in 2022, the phased master plan project will expand services and amenities for the growing local community and the 17-county regional area surrounding Athens. Photo courtesy of SmithGroup

Before the beams were elevated atop the existing Prince Tower Two, construction partners and Piedmont Athens Regional employees, including Executive Director of Operations, Diane Todd, and Piedmont Athens Regional President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Charles Peck, came together to celebrate the monumental occasion. “Our mission, ‘to improve the lives and health of those we touch remains the same,” said Dr. Peck. “The opportunity to reach and care for more members of the Athens community is why today is such a significant first step for our future.”

The Athens Piedmont beam setting ceremony
“Our mission, ‘to improve the lives and health of those we touch remains the same,” said Dr. Peck. “The opportunity to reach and care for more members of the Athens community is why today is such a significant first step for our future.” Photo courtesy of Andi King Wieczynski

This is the fifth project DPR has executed for Piedmont Healthcare in the Atlanta area and the organization’s first project for Piedmont Athens Regional. DPR is no stranger to the Athens community, however, as the team recently completed enhancements to the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium—the 10th largest football facility in the country. Integral to the success of Piedmont Athens Regional’s expansion include DPR’s project partners: program consultant, BDR, and architect of record, SmithGroupJJR and Trinity Health Group Architects.