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DPR Construction moves to new headquarters

DPR Construction has announced that construction of its new company-owned San Diego regional headquarters is complete.

Inside the 24,000-square-foot office will be 11 conference rooms including the circular "Delta" room with a large training area, a 16-person videoconference room and a space dedicated to Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology.

The headquarters, located in University City, is designed to be "Net Zero Energy" and to achieve LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The building runs off a 64-kilowatt AC photovoltaic system. The solar panels are expected to produce enough power to offset the building's energy consumption, annually.

"We set out to transform a typical San Diego suburban office building into a cutting-edge facility that respects the environment, our people and our culture," said Jay Leopold, regional manager of DPR San Diego.

Leopold added that it was important to the company to incorporate natural light and ventilation into the building's design. This was achieved with several modifications to the structure, including stripping the film off existing windows to allow more light into the office, installing 36 Solatubes, large operable skylights and glass roll-up doors around the perimeter of the space. DPR estimates this will reduce the building's energy consumption by 53 percent.

Other sustainable features include installing low-flow plumbing fixtures and modifying irrigation to reduce landscape water usage by 60 percent. Also 75 percent of the construction waste was recycled.

Some of the architectural designs of the building include 14-foot exposed ceilings complete with material that hangs from the ceiling to defuse light, which is artistically designed to resemble boat sails.

The lobby features four custom surfboards, each representing one of DPR's four core values: integrity, enjoyment, uniqueness and ever forward.

"At the end of the day, this building was designed to create an atmosphere that values our employees, our customers, our teammates, and the environment and with the goal of changing the world we live in by setting an example in our industry," said Leopold.

The firm also is offering preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles.

On this project from DPR were Elizabeth Barrie, Jeff Cole, Jerry McElfresh and Mark Seidl. Jonathan Wood of Seattle-based Callison served as the project architect.

Other consultants and designers included KEMA; Hope Engineering, structural engineer; Latitude 33 Planning and Engineering, civil engineer; Howard Associates, landscape architecture; Bergelectric Corp., electrical services; and Pacific Rim Mechanical.

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