Going Green with DPR

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Ranked among the top 50 general contractors in the US, DPR has grown to multi-billion dollar revenues through a people-first approach to business. Innovation is also at their core — as a pioneer in building net-zero energy buildings, DPR prioritizes eco-friendly solutions on every project. 

When it came time to upgrade their Austin headquarters, they looked to incorporate Heartwork’s GreenGuard Gold Certified solutions. In addition to sustainability, flexibility was a cornerstone of the redesign so Heartwork’sActive Duty Credenzas, Recycling Credenzas and Bookcases, with theirhigh-quality, commercial-grade steel and heavy-duty casters were the perfect fit for their multi-use space. They move with ease to accommodate everything from hybrid working to events. 

DPR was focused on creating an inspiring space for the employees, and paying homage to the larger community of Austin, including conference room names named after marquee local businesses, like Austin City Limits, and industrial finishes mirroring local architecture. 

We spoke to DPR’s Amy DeFrank about how this project aligned with their core values of “Integrity, Enjoyment, Uniqueness, Ever Forward.” And of course, how they lead with eco-friendly options.


 How do you define DPR Constructions' design philosophy? 

We highlight construction atits core by utilizing materials found during the construction process.

In this case, uncovering industrial accents that were mirrored by Heartwork’s modern, minimal designs in Raw Steel with industrial details including heavy duty casters, and exposed piano hinges.

As a company that champions sustainability, how did this inform and influence the design of your own space?  

The space is targeting LEED Gold and WELL Silver. We utilized local materials, incorporated a green wall, and provided clean air filters in the HVAC system to benefit the employees.

When designing this space, what were a few key factors that needed to be addressed in terms of adaptability? 

Taking a long-term perspective in designing our offices, we considered “future growth — creating an open office without enclosed offices to maximize flexibility in the future.” 

In addition to adapting to future needs, the present day needs of the office regularly change as wellit not only functions as a flexible workspace, but also as an event space.  

Folding glass walls enable [us] to open the space up for events, with a bar at the center.

The Active Duty Credenzas and Bookcases in DPR’s office all feature commercial-grade, locking casters, allowing for increased flexibility for their office layout, accommodating any type of event, meeting, or work session.

How did you think about solving for both functional requirements and your design, aesthetic requirements in your space? 

Functionally and flexibility was key, especially in the event space. This area needed to be easily reconfigured for various types of events. Aesthetically, the different flexible pieces needed to represent DPR and Austin – we utilized materials found in construction, like the raw steel finish on the Heartwork units, as well as warm leathers in the upholstery to create a warm but industrial feel, similar to Austin.


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