DPR Construction Nashville Office
When DPR Construction planned their move into a new space just south of downtown Nashville, TN, they knew that they wanted to create a space that would set them apart from the competition, showcase the range of their capabilities, and their employees would enjoy working in. Converting an existing commercial warehouse building into a 7,500 SF open office, DPR realized they had an opportunity to set lofty goals — WELL Building Platinum and LEED® certification for their new space. From the beginning, they relied on an engaged project team to see these goals to fruition. SSR was brought on to serve as the MEP design engineer and sustainability consultant for the project.
From a systems standpoint, DPR elected to reuse the existing mechanical, electric, and plumbing systems as much as possible to save on costs, reduce construction time, and minimize impact on the environment. SSR was able to assess the current systems and offer modifications and minimal changes to fit the needs of the space. Most existing systems remained in use, but new air handlers were necessary to provide both effective and efficient operation.
Creative solutions were implemented to help meet the project’s WELL Building and LEED objectives. Sustainable design elements like abundant natural light, a wellness room with a daylighting system, sit-to-stand desks, and natural wood features were incorporated throughout the space. Earning credits in the various WELL Building categories, DRP implemented unique features and policies related to nourishment, mind, and movement among others.
DPR’s Nashville team moved into the space in November of 2019 and is pleased with the result. It not only provides their staff with a modern and well-being-focused environment, but also provides an opportunity for WELL Building certification education and as a showcase of their capabilities for future clients. Official certification levels will be determined in late 2020