Washington, DC - DPR Construction, one of the nation’s leading builders focused on highly complex and sustainable projects, announced its Washington, D.C. area office has officially moved to its new Reston, Virginia, location. Designed by SmithGroupJJR, the buildout of the previously vacant 20,000-sq.-ft. space has used unique techniques and design aspects to create a workplace of the future targeting not only LEED-CI v4.0 Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council but also Net-Zero Energy (NZE) Certification from the International Living Future Institute.
“As a global builder of energy efficient, sustainable projects, our goal is to help change the world we live, build and work in,” said Camilo Garcia, one of DPR’s Mid-Atlantic business unit leaders. “By making our new Mid-Atlantic office a living laboratory we want to show the industry what is possible in the D.C. region in the realm of sustainability and provide our employees a flexible office where they feel invigorated and inspired at work every day.”
By working closely with every partnering organization that had a hand in creating this space, the team was able to make data-driven decisions based on detailed cost analysis, payback studies and team member expertise. For example, when selecting the mechanical system, DPR and the team looked at four different options. Ultimately, the selected system was not the lowest first cost, but the best overall value when evaluating total cost, maintenance, acoustics and flexibility. In addition, the space used four different concrete floor finishes to showcase to owners the options available from a constructability and cost standpoint.
DPR has previously completed four NZE-certified projects across the country, meaning they produce as much or more energy than they consume annually, three of which are DPR regional offices (San Francisco, Phoenix and San Diego) and one for the Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California. Once certified after a year of occupancy, the Reston office would be one of the first commercial private sector Net Zero Energy projects in the D.C. Metro area.
“DPR is excited about using this new space as a way to educate the industry while ultimately doing the right thing environmentally and for our people” said Lisa Lingerfelt, one of DPR’s Mid-Atlantic business unit leader. "People who visit the space will be able to feel the DPR culture and core values of enjoyment and ever-forward with the state-of-the-art technologies, amenities and design features that really set this space apart from other offices.”
About DPR Construction
DPR Construction is a forward-thinking national general contractor and construction manager specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects for the advanced technology/mission critical, life sciences, healthcare, higher education and commercial markets. Founded in 1990, DPR is a privately held, employee-owned company that has grown to a multi-billion-dollar organization with offices around the country, making it one of the largest general contractors in the nation and a great story of entrepreneurial success. Ranked 10th by the Washington Business Journal’s Book of Lists for general contractors, DPR completes approximately $350 million annually in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.dpr.com.