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DPR Construction: Technically Challenging

December 30, 2013

If you’re wondering what DPR Construction got its acronym, well it stands for the first names of the three founders of the company. They are Doug Woods, Peter Nosler and Ron Davidowski.

The three construction veterans decided to start their own company with $750,000 of pooled resources in 1990. While most people looked at construction as a manufacturing type of business they looked at it as a service.  The firm was established not only to do ordinary construction work but the kind that are also technically challenging.

Yet just keeping the business going at the start was already a challenge in itself. A recession hit when they started and work just disappeared.  DPR landed its first pure contractor job, a six month tenant improvement project for Argo Systems in Sunnyvale, California worth $4.5 million.

In 1994 DPR landed a project that the founders were looking for which involved technical construction.  This was a $43 million wafer fabrication project in Los Angeles for Rockwell International. It was a six-month, fast-track project which they completed in just four and a half months.

The company has grown at a fast pace since then with regional offices established in nearly every major technology center in the U.S. that serves customers throughout the nation. It now provides general contracting and construction management services for the advanced technology/mission critical life sciences, healthcare, higher education, and corporate office markets. It specialized in retail stores, hospitals, data centers, clean rooms, laboratories, manufacturing facilities and green buildings.

Its more than 15 regional offices are found in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Virginia, and Washington D.C. The firm was able to reach the $1 billion mark in less than 10 years since its founding. It reached the $2.5 billion mark in 2013.

DPR’s clients among others include Abbott Laboratories, Abbot Vascular, Adobe Systems, Inc., Advanced Micro Devices, Roche Molecular Systems and Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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